Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GREELEY, Colo.—UND junior defensive end Drew Greely piled up the statistics last Saturday in a win over Weber State. Greely had four tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. He had the look of an all-Big Sky Conference performer, even though he's not even a starter. But that's the norm for North Dakota, rather than the exception.
The UND football program was on the outside looking in when it came to the FCS Playoff Committee again. Although, this time, there isn't nearly as much at stake as when the committee snubbed the Fighting Hawks from the 2015 playoffs. The committee released its Top 10 rankings for the first time Thursday, a release intended to provide transparency to the process. The committee will release another Top 10 rankings Nov. 10. UND, which has won seven-straight games, is ranked No. 11 in the FCS coaches poll and No. 16 in the STATS FCS media poll.
The UND football program heads to Greeley, Colo., on Saturday with a seven-game winning streak and an undefeated Big Sky Conference record on the line. Who will be under center against Northern Colorado is still anybody's guess. Keaton Studsrud, Ryan Bartels and Brad Heidlebaugh will be evaluated this week, UND coach Bubba Schweigert said Monday at his weekly press conference at the High Performance Center.
The UND football program continues to rise in the national rankings. The Fighting Hawks, who won their seventh-straight game last Saturday against Weber State, is ranked No. 16 in the STATS FCS media poll, released Monday afternoon. UND, 6-0 in the Big Sky Conference, plays at Northern Colorado on Saturday in Greeley, Colo. The Fighting Hawks were ranked No. 17 in last week's poll.
UND safety Cole Reyes might have been the star of the game with two interceptions in his anticipated return to the lineup after missing two weeks with an injury, but the junior captain was quick to deflect some credit. "I thanked (the defensive line) right after the game," Reyes said. "They stepped up in the second half and you saw the results." UND registered a season-high seven sacks in beating Weber State 27-19 on Saturday afternoon at the Alerus Center. The seven sacks are the most since UND had seven against Stony Brook in 2014.
UND football coach Bubba Schweigert had to pause to search for kind words to describe the team’s big second-half touchdown pass from Brad Heidlebaugh to Noah Wanzek. “It scored,” Schweigert...
Lisa Arnell's day is planned. The two television sets are ready in her living room in San Diego. She's planning on pulling up Twitter on her Ipad and her cell phone. It's going to be a big day of college football in the Arnell house. Her only two children—twin brothers Zach and Jacob—will be playing in first-place college football showdowns in different partsof the country. Zach is the starting safety for No. 17 UND (6-2 overall, 5-0 in the Big Sky Conference). The Fighting Hawks host Weber State (5-2, 4-0) at 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center.
The UND women's hockey team played Bemidji State four times a year ago and five goals were scored in those games. In the teams' first meeting of 2016, that five-goal total was surpassed by the end of the second period. UND senior Amy Menke and a group of talented freshmen fueled the offensive outburst in a 5-2 win over the No. 10 Beavers at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Menke had two goals, including an empty-net goal in the third period, while freshmen Hallie Theodosopoulos, Emma Nuutinen and Abbey Stanley all scored.
Question and answer with UND linebacker Jake Hanson Q. What was your first introduction to football? A. Probably the Grand Forks Youth Football League. I'm from Grafton, and we had a team and came here in about fourth or fifth grade. Q. What sports did you play at Grafton High School? A. I played pretty much every sport. Football, basketball, golf and track. Q. At UND, you've transitioned from quarterback to inside linebacker. How much defense did you play in high school?
Just before National Signing Day in 2014, UND's newly assembled coaching staff made a call to Grant Aplin and told him if he wanted to walk on there was a spot for him. "I was talking to Division Is but no one offered me," Aplin said. "I had Division II offers. I wasn't interested in playing Division II. I felt I could play at the Division I level." On signing day, Aplin spurned an opportunity at Augustana for the Fighting Hawks.