UND held its fourth fall camp practice Monday morning at Memorial Stadium. Here are a few details to know about it:
The scene: UND practiced in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads. After an early morning rain, it was sunny with a slight breeze. The temp was 65 degrees when practice started at 8:45 a.m., and 76 when it ended.
Participation note: True freshman defensive lineman Isaac Moore, a strong candidate to have his redshirt removed, was banged up during practice and didn't return after conferring with trainers.
Play of the day: Senior backup quarterback Andrew Zimmerman hit classmate Travis Toivonen on a perfectly thrown deep ball down the middle of the field. Toivonen was able to corral the pass despite the blanket coverage of true freshman Sammy Fort, who has impressed through the first four practices.
Looking good: UND's defensive backs stole the show, especially early in practice. Expected starter Hayden Blubaugh made a diving interception of a tipped ball, Fort picked off Nate Ketteringham, C.J. Siegel intercepted true freshman Tommy Schuster and Jordan Canady also had an interception. Veteran Evan Holm also had a nice play to bat away a pass to Garett Maag from Ketteringham.
Needs work: The quarterbacks had ups and downs on Day 4 with a few interceptions, as well as a few instances in which new offensive coordinator Danny Freund had to holler to throw the ball away.
UND defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt says: "Early in the camp install, retention has been good. We're mixing young guys in there to be around guys who can help them. There's going to be ups and downs in practices, and you want that. You want give and take between the offense and defense. We're still trying to stack one day on top of the next. One good practice after one good practice. We want to be the best practice team that we've been here the last five years."
Next up: UND undergoes the annual Media Day at the Alerus Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Day 3 notes
- With limited reps as a true freshman, Park River wide reciever Adam Zavalney made the most of one of his few targets. He used his 6-4 frame to go up to get a Noah Grover pass.
- Chrysten Cochran, another true freshman wide receiver, will likely have a tough time in 2019 cracking the lineup with the stacked depth chart ahead of him, but the River Rouge, Mich., native made a few flashy plays Monday. He made one diving catch on the sideline, one in a tight window from Grover and then he ended practice by collecting a deep ball from Grover again that would have went for a touchdown.
- UND worked on punting outdoors more extensively than previous practices. Starter Cade Peterson and backup true freshman Reid Sanders split the work, with both receiving some oohs and aahs from teammates.
- The rookie defensive linemen showcased some of their college-ready athleticism and builds. Elijah Beach of Streamwood, Ill., Chandon Pierre of Reno, Nev., and Moore were receiving plenty of reps.
- As mentioned in previous practice recaps, Brock Boltmann has been an offensive wildcard. It's already clear he's going to make defensive coaches know where No. 4 is lined up. In addition to taking snaps at quarterback, he's been a consistent presence on underneath routes as a wide receiver.
UND fall football camp coverage
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