With five all-league honorees, UND football picked seventh in Missouri Valley preseason poll

Belquist, Ventrelli, Krzanowski, Siegel and Peterson all honored as preseason all-conference choices.

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UND wide receiver and former New Rockford-Sheyenne football standout Bo Belquist walks across the turf at Memorial Stadium during morning practice on Monday, August 9, 2021.
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GRAND FORKS — The UND football team finished seventh in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2021 and that’s exactly where preseason pollsters have the Fighting Hawks pegged in 2022.

The preseason poll, which was announced Tuesday, has UND slotted seventh in the 11-team league.

The poll is conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.

North Dakota State received 39 first-place votes and 446 total points to lead the league, followed by South Dakota State, Missouri State and Southern Illinois. Northern Iowa was selected fifth and South Dakota sixth. After UND, Illinois State was eighth, followed by Youngstown State, Indiana State and Western Illinois.

UND had five players picked to the all-MVFC preseason team.


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UND conducted its lone scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday morning outside the Pollard Center, focusing on providing live reps for the youth on the roster.

Junior wide receiver Bo Belquist and senior offensive lineman Donny Ventrelli landed on the second team.

In 2021, Belquist led the team with 52 grabs for 535 yards and five touchdowns. Ventrelli started 11 games on a unit that surrendered eight sacks all season.

On defense, UND landed linebacker Devon Krzanowski and senior defensive back C.J. Siegel on the second team.

Krzanowski, who came to UND from St. Cloud State after the school cut its football program, finished with 68 tackles last year.

Siegel started 10 games last year, totaling 28 tackles and one interception.

UND fifth-year punter Cade Peterson was named a second-team all-MVFC punter. In 2021, he averaged 40.37 yards per punt and pinned 19 inside the 20.

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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