UND all-conference offensive lineman Donny Ventrelli announces he'll return for a sixth season
Ventrelli was just named to the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference team on Monday.
GRAND FORKS — The UND football team will have the opportunity to have a rare five-year starter on the offensive line in 2023.
Fighting Hawks senior offensive lineman Donny Ventrelli announced on his Instagram account Monday he'll return to UND in the fall for a sixth season of eligibility.
Ventrelli, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound St. Paul native, was named to the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team offense on Monday.
After redshirting in 2018, Ventrelli has started each of the past four seasons.
The 2020-21 season doesn't count against an athlete's eligibility, the NCAA announced following the pandemic-altered season.
"Year 5 down, can't wait for another," Ventrelli posted to Instagram. "See you next fall."
In 2022, Ventrelli started every game at left tackle, helping the Hawks hold the MVFC's second-best time of possession.
Ventrelli also served as captain this season. He was UND's lone senior on the starting offensive line.
The Hawks finished 2022 at 7-5 overall after losing in the first round of the FCS playoffs 38-31 at Weber State in Ogden, Utah.