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.

UND running back Tyler Hoosman celebrates with offensive lineman Donny Ventrelli in the Fighting Hawks' Oct. 8, 2022, matchup at Youngstown State.
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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.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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