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Q & A with UND tight end Hunter Pinke

UND tight end Hunter Pinke catches a pass from teammate Brad Heidlebaugh during a practice earlier this year at the High Performance Center. Photo by UND Athletics.

Q. What is your first memory of football?

A. I played up in the fifth-grade division of Fargo Moorhead Youth Football as a third-grader. They stuck me on the line. I was a big kid back then.

Q. When did you move to Wishek, N.D.?

A. I grew up in Fargo until third grade. I went to Wishek for fourth grade through senior year.

Q. You were also a North Dakota Class B all-state basketball player, so what made you choose college football over basketball opportunities?

A. Getting to play Division I in state. My family bleeds green. When UND offered, it was an easy choice for me.

Q. With your grandfather Fred Lukens playing basketball at UND and your mother Katie Lukens Pinke competing in track and field at the school, have you been hearing about UND all your life?

A. My grandpa is my biggest role model. He was an All-American here. I always wanted to be like him. When the opportunity arose to play here, it was a dream come true.

Q. What was it like last week at UC Davis when the first catch of your career was a touchdown?

A. Those are the kind of things when you're tossing the ball around in the front yard that you drew up for yourself ... catching a touchdown for your first catch. It was kind of like playing playground football. Keaton found me and it was pretty fun.

Q. How do you feel about your role at tight end this year as a redshirt freshman?

A. I came into the season fully expecting to be a role player, play special teams and be a backup tight end. With the injuries this year, they needed a tight end to step up with Luke Fiedler's injury. I'm doing my best to learn the playbook better and make some plays.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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