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UND sophomore Tank Harris has the perfect nickname for a 6-foot-3, 300-pound nose guard. And as a projected starter in 2016, he looks like a natural at the position. That hasn't always been the case, however. Harris said he didn't even play defense at Morgan Park High School in Chicago. "His entire highlight tape was on offense," UND defensive line coach Jordan Gigli said. "But we saw traits we thought could transition to defense." Harris was a center in high school—an all-city selection as a junior and an all-conference pick as a senior.
When UND starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud lines up at practice and surveys the defense, he makes sure to keep tabs on Fighting Hawks safety Cole Reyes. "When he's in zone, you have to look out for him," Studsrud said. "He makes all of the big plays. He's a gamer." As the 2016 season plays outs, Studsrud won't be the only quarterback making sure he knows where No. 8 is on defense. With former UND linebacker Will Ratelle now in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, Reyes will be asked to be the Fighting Hawks' defensive leader.
UND wide receiver Josh Seibel went through a passing drill Wednesday morning at the High Performance Center. The junior adjusted his route to the ball, jumped and snagged the pass. In some ways, it was typical Seibel to make the catch with ease. However, this time there's added significance. Seibel has been going through drills the past two days just four-and-a-half months after tearing his ACL and meniscus.
North Dakota State running back Lance Dunn took a handoff from Carson Wentz and rushed to the right side. After a few yards, UND safety Cole Reyes closed in on the tackle while fellow safety Zach Arnell covered up the cutback lane. As Reyes hit Dunn, NDSU tight end Connor Wentz rolled up into Arnell's leg a few yards away from the ball carrier.
UND offensive line coach Luke Knauf joined Bubba Schweigert's coaching staff in Grand Forks in 2014 from NCAA Division II Western New Mexico, where Knauf was the offensive coordinator. At the time, Western New Mexico offensive lineman Michael Coe told his coach he wanted to come with him to North Dakota, sit out a season because of transfer rules and have two more years to play in the Big Sky Conference. It took a little longer than Coe might originally have wanted, but the offensive lineman and his position coach are reunited.
Shelby Frank is only 14 years old, but the Grand Forks discus thrower already has some impressive accomplishments. She won the North Dakota Class A state meet in the discus as an eighth-grader last May. In late July, she earned All-American status with a second-place finish in the discus at the Junior Olympics USA Track & Field national championships in Sacramento, Calif. Frank has some lofty goals for the future, too. And veteran Grand Forks throws coach Lee Baker thinks they're not far-fetched.
Friday morning was a beautiful day to kick off the UND football program’s 2016 fall camp at Memorial Stadium. After reporting to camp Wednesday, media day Thursday, players were finally...
A year ago, the UND football program's offensive representatives at the 2015 Media Day were two linemen and a tight end. There was no quarterback, running back or wide receiver. It must have been a national rarity, and it definitely was a reflection of the Fighting Hawks' lack of star power at the skill positions. That's no longer the case as UND enters the 2016 season. The Fighting Hawks now enter a highly anticipated season equipped with big-play threats in All-American running back John Santiago and wide receiver Clive Georges.
UND offensive lineman Elijah Grady is no longer with the program, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert said Wednesday on the day the team members reported to fall camp. The announcement ends an offseason of uncertainty surrounding the North Dakota native, who started the final five games at right tackle in 2015 as a true freshman. Grady, of New Town, N.D., left the team for personal reasons during spring ball, but was re-added to the roster prior to the Big Sky Conference Football Kickoff media event in late July.
The new Fighting Hawks logo has made its first appearance on UND athletic wear. On Tuesday morning, UND revealed football helmets adorning the recently released Fighting Hawks logo. "The players are going to like the new look," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "They have a new logo, a new name and they'll embrace it. It's a new era, and we're going to accept the change and be a leader in promoting the change."