UND opened its fall camp Friday morning. Here are a few details to know about opening day:
The scene: UND practiced in shorts and helmets -- no pads -- at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium. It alternated between sunny and partly cloudy. The temp was 72 degrees when practice started at 79 when it ended.
Participation note: Junior offensive lineman Noah Mortel was suited up but limited.
Play of the day: Sophomore wide receiver Pedro Schmidt snuck behind the defense in the middle of the field and backup quarterback Andrew Zimmerman hit Schmidt in stride for a touchdown from about 40 yards out.
Looking good: Schmidt. The 5-foot-9, 184-pound receiver from North Huntingdon, Pa., who did not make any catches last season, followed up his long touchdown reception by making a second impressive catch minutes later.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert says: "There was a lot of energy, which is a real positive sign. I think our guys were excited to be out here and get going with Practice No. 1. We came in in good shape. That was the purpose of all the summer training and all the summer workouts. Guys are in really good shape, so we can really go at a good tempo and get a good, quality practice in for No. 1.
Next up: UND practices at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Day 1 notes
- Sophomore Graham DeVore, who spent his first two years with the program at tight end and fullback, practiced at defensive end for the first time.
- Athletic director Bill Chaves attended practice, watching from the end zone and the sidelines.
- UND used a lot of different players during a brief punt return drill. True freshman Sammy Fort, listed as a defensive back, sophomore quarterback-turned-wide receiver Brock Boltmann and sophomore wide receiver Mikey Griebel were among the players fielding punts.
- At the end of practice, UND went into its end-of-the-half, no-huddle offense. "Try to put a sense of urgency in the guys and really work in a lot of communication with the defense," Schweigert said. "You've got to be able to work under that type of tempo. When there's a sense of urgency, there's got to be really good communication and really good focus."
- First-year offensive coordinator Danny Freund, known for being among the most vocal and energetic people on the field, brought the same energy to individual drills with quarterbacks. Prior to this season. Freund coached the wide receivers.