UND held its fifth fall camp practice Wednesday morning at Memorial Stadium. Here are a few details to know about it:
The scene: UND practiced in full gear for the first time at fall camp. The practice was mostly cloudy with a breeze. The temp was 64 degrees when practice started at 8:45 a.m., and 66 when it ended a little more than two hours later. Thompson High School football coach Brady Schwab, former UND player Bill Landry (1974-75) and former Grand Forks Red River coach Darin King were among the spectators.
Participation note: True freshman running back Luke Skokna is slowly rehabbing from an injury suffered during his senior prep season. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound speedster from Hinsdale, Ill., took the first few reps of his career, although he remains sidelined for a portion of practice.
Play of the day: Senior starting quarterback Nate Ketteringham didn't throw many deep passes Wednesday, but he went up top for a big gain late in practice. Ketteringham threw a bit of a jump ball to sophomore wide receiver Garett Maag, who had to adjust to the pass and hold off redshirt freshman cornerback C.J. Siegel, who was in good position but was boxed out from batting away the pass.
Looking good: The UND quarterbacks spent a majority of the practice working on shorter routes, an expected staple of new UND offensive coordinator Danny Freund. That meant a lot of work for the smaller receivers such as Mikey Griebel and Brock Boltmann. A former quarterback, Boltmann continues to turn heads with another day of big production.
Needs work: When UND switched to its rookie offensive line, the Fighting Hawk quarterbacks looked more like overmatched goalies trying to catch snaps. On one play, the snap was bad enough it went to running backs coach Malcolm Agnew, who juked up the field for a big gain.
UND RB James Johannesson, on the new offense, says: "I like it because we can utilize everyone's skills. Each running back has a different skill set. At the same time, while we're fast-paced and high energy and passing the ball, we're still pounding the rock. Spreading it out will open it up for everyone in the room."
Next up: UND will conduct fall camp practice No. 6 on Thursday morning starting at 8:45 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Day 5 notes
- One of the biggest reactions at practice came on a short pass to Brock Boltmann, who juked a defender and went untouched for a big gain.
- Garret Maag had a big day in the passing game, showcasing his overall skill set deep down the field and short underneath. UND is deep and experienced at wide receiver with Travis Toivonen and Noah Wanzek leading the way but Maag might have the highest potential ceiling of anyone in the group.
- UND's defense made two notable plays late in practice. Hawaii transfer Jer Dominique, who's expected to compete for playing time in the defensive backfield, broke up a pass on the sideline intended for Toivonen. A couple of plays earlier, UND safety Hayden Galvin, who played in four games before redshirting in 2018, had a sack on a blitz.
- True freshman quarterback Tommy Schuster received a few reps late in practice. He hit impressive rookie wide receiver Chrysten Cochran over the middle and also connected with defensive back-turned-wide receiver Kyle Hietpas.
UND fall football camp coverage
Day 4 (Aug. 5): After a standout freshman year, where can UND linebacker Noah Larson go from here? | Day 4 roundup
Day 5 (Aug. 7): Johannesson, Gordon taking over carries with Santiago, Oliveira out of the picture | Day 6 roundup