UND held its second fall camp practice Saturday morning. Here are a few details to know about Day 2:
The scene: UND practiced in shorts and helmets -- no pads -- at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It was sunny with little wind. The temp was 70 degrees when practice started at 79 when it ended.
Participation note: Highly touted true freshman cornerback Caleb Nelson, the brother of UND senior safety Leonard Nelson, is not practicing with the team yet, but Caleb is in Grand Forks and watched Saturday's practice from the stands.
Play of the day: Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Griffin Lickfeldt intercepted a Nate Ketteringham screen pass with an athletic play. Lickfeldt read the play, jumped in the air and tipped the ball to himself, hauled it in and was immediately mobbed by his defensive teammates. Lickfeldt dunked the ball in a garbage can as has been the custom the last two years in fall camp when the defense produces a turnover.
Looking good: Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Brock Boltmann wasn't flashy, but is proving to be a reliable target for the quarterbacks. Boltmann had several catches in a row during the middle of practice and appears like he's ready to push a veteran wide receiving group for playing time. Boltmann worked mostly with the second team on Saturday.
Needs work: UND's younger players struggled with snaps in the shotgun formation. Several of them hit the ground. "We've got to get better at that," UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. "But those guys have got to learn. That's why they're here, to get better."
Schweigert says: "I thought we took some good strides. We were cleaner in the team session than we were a day ago. Once again, we had some really good energy and desire to learn and get better. That's what we're looking for every day."
Next up: UND practices at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Memorial Stadium.
Day 2 notes
- Wide receiver Alex Wilde (pronounced will-dee), a senior grad transfer from South Dakota State, showed his ability with a long reception up the right sideline. With Tykeise Johnson tugging on the back of his jersey, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver managed to go up for a ball and make a catch over Johnson.
- Junior Hayden Blubaugh, listed as the starting right cornerback to open fall camp, proved tough to beat. He made two pass breakups and forced a fumble.
- At the end of practice, true freshman cornerback Sammy Fort intercepted Andrew Zimmerman on a ball along the right sideline. Fort also fielded some punts during Friday's camp opener and is starting to appear like someone who could see action as a true freshman. Players are allowed to suit up for four games without losing their redshirt.
- UND strength and conditioning coach Nate Baukol, who ran the team through warmups, celebrated his birthday Saturday.