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At some point in the season, UND may throw a two-quarterback package at opponents. When? It's hard to say. The Sioux will head into Thursday's 2010 opener at Idaho with Jake Landry firmly in control at quarterback. But Brent Goska, the No. 2 quarterback, could also find some playing time in the Kibbie Dome, where the Vandals hope to launch their second straight successful bowl season. "Jake has had a great fall camp," UND coach Chris Mussman said. "We're really looking forward to seeing him play.
The learning process continued for UND's young soccer team Sunday at Bronson Field. The latest lesson: Good scoring opportunities don't come along often, and when they do, a team better take advantage of them. "We just need to learn to put the ball away," UND coach Kristin Gay said after Wisconsin-Green Bay beat the Sioux 2-0. The loss dropped the Sioux to 0-3-0, while the Phoenix improved to 1-1-1 on their two-match road trip to North Dakota. North Dakota State beat Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday. Neither team scored in the first half.
One of Idaho's biggest concerns entering the 2010 season is its inexperienced offensive line. The Vandals' line, however, is not inexperienced in finding its way to the dinner table. UND plays at Idaho on Thursday and one of the early storylines will be Idaho's inexperienced -- but mammoth -- offensive line, one that averages 333.8 pounds per player, according to Phil Steele's College Football Preview. Idaho will open the season with the biggest offensive line in Division I football, according to the publication. No. 2 on the list is Texas Tech, which UND played to open the 2009 season.
Mike Balcaen and Brad Seng are good friends off the track. On the track, they're fierce competitors. And that healthy competitiveness was on display in a big way Friday night in the 20-lap late model feature before nearly 3,000 fans at River Cities Speedway. The two battled back and forth for the lead the entire race. In the end, Balcaen slipped past Seng in the final two laps to win the RCS track championship. "It's a lot of fun racing with Brad," Balcaen said. "He doesn't chop you or cut you off.
Early in the season, Mike Balcaen captured four feature wins in his red No. 10 late model. But wins have been hard to come by for Balcaen as the racing season hits the home stretch, starting with tonight's track championship feature at River Cities Speedway. "Lately, things have been pretty dry," Balcaen said. "We've had a lot of seconds and thirds and we've led a lot of races. We just haven't been able to close the deal.
Friday marked the 13th straight day that Winnipeg's Ricky Weiss has raced his late model at regional race tracks. The day certainly was not unlucky. Weiss -- in another strong showing -- powered his way from the 10th starting spot to win the 20-lap late model feature at River Cities Speedway. It was his 21st win of the season. Weiss passed Jeff Provinzino coming out of Turn 4 as both drivers took the white flag. Provinzino, however, was on Weiss' bumper on the back straightaway but the Hibbing, Minn., driver couldn't retake the lead. "I could feel him on my bumper," Weiss said.
More than a dozen Northern Late Model Racing Association drivers wrapped up six straight nights of racing Thursday night in Mandan, N.D., where the circuit's Western Tour came to an end. So what's on tap for tonight? More racing. Another regular night of racing is on tap at River Cities Speedway, where a handful of late model drivers will conclude eight straight nights of racing. After last Friday's racing at RCS, 15 NLRA drivers hit the road for six straight nights of NLRA competition at tracks in North Dakota and Saskatchewan.
The bench near the north goal line at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon wasn't the place to be. Two UND wide receivers were on the bench, both sidelined with injuries. One was Jarrel Davis, who is out with a foot injury. The other was Blair Townsend, a redshirt freshman who broke his ankle during the morning practice. Townsend's injury is the third among wide receivers in fall camp. And it likely means UND may have to pull the redshirt off of one or two true freshmen as the season opener at Idaho is two weeks away. Townsend's injury is the most serious so far during UND's fall camp.
The no-huddle offense is no problem. UND wrapped up its 14th practice of fall camp Tuesday at Memorial Stadium and the terminology and newness of the Sioux no-huddle offense -- implemented during spring ball -- no longer is an issue. "It's second nature to us now," UND coach Chris Mussman said. "We're getting better at it and it'll allow us to do more things with formations than when we were huddling." It's also helped a developing offense deal with an experienced, fast Sioux defense that is expected to lead UND at the start of the 2010 season, which opens Sept.
During UND's first scrimmage of fall camp, Sioux coach Chris Mussman saw some good things and some not-so-good things. He wasn't surprised. "It's the first scrimmage; it's what you expect," Mussman said after the Sioux wrapped up the session Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium. "You get frustrated but you know you have a long way to go. "But you saw some talent out there.