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First year head coach Bubba Schweigert checks his notes between plays Saturday at the annual Green-White spring game at the Aloerus Center. JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

UND FOOTBALL: Questions remain after spring game

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It’s Day by Day. That’s the message instilled by first-year football coach Bubba Schweigert and his new coaching staff.

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“Everyone is buying into that little by little,” said Idowu, who made his presence known Saturday at the annual Green-White game at the Alerus Center. “Coaches are emphasizing day by day. And, as the spring went on, players started to believe we can be a really good defense. We got better and better as we scrimmaged more.”

No clear-cut winner emerged after the game as the controlled scrimmage wrapped up the UND spring football season.

The defense had its moments. Offensively, there were positive plays as well.

“We wanted to stay healthy and evaluate guys,” said Schweigert. “And we were able to do that.”

But where the program stands heading into fall camp is anyone’s guess.

“It was a learning experience,” said Idowu, who had a sack to open the scrimmage and one to close it. “But what I’ve noticed so far, as far as the coaches go, it’s their love for the university and the program. And that translates into the way we play.”

Focus on the run

Offensively, UND did move the ball at times, showing signs that its intention to run the ball more next season may be on track.

UND used four quarterbacks — Ryan Bartels (5-for-8 passing, 50 yards), Joe Mollberg (3-4, 21), Kurt Palandech (4-8, 33) and Jake Hanson (3-4, 29). The spring season ended without any of the four grabbing the No. 1 spot on the depth chart.

Adam Shaugabay, who scored two 1-yard touchdowns during the 55-play scrimmage, said progress on offense has been made.

“It’s a work in progress but (assistant) coach (Paul) Rudolph said before the game that we made strides the past few days,’’ Shaugabay said. “And I think we made a few more strides today.”

Schweigert said there are areas that need improvement.

“We had too many penalties,” he said. “And we have to get the snaps figured out offensively. We can’t have negative plays.

“Defensively, we have to play with more spirit. We were on our heels a little bit at times. We want to be in more of an attack mode and that will be addressed. We’ll get that corrected.”

The defense was led by cornerback Maverick Edmunds’ seven tackles, four solo. Kyle Norberg and Will Ratelle each had four tackles while Shea Walker, Idowu and Baylee Carr all finished with three.

 The scrimmage ended the spring season but the recruiting season is still on.

UND’s roster could look considerably different in the fall with the addition of high school recruits and possible transfers.

“We’ve got some spots open on our team,” said Schweigert. “We’re always going to be recruiting in our program. Our guys know that.

“There are two ways to improve your team. You develop guys and you bring in different personnel. We’re always going to be challenging our guys.

“Our goal is to play with effort and execute our stuff. We’re going to keep it real simple as we move into the summer and into the fall.

“But this was a good day. I had fun watching our guys.”

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Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
(701) 780-1268
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