UND held its sixth fall camp practice Thursday morning at Memorial Stadium. Here are a few details to know about it:
The scene: UND practiced in full gear for the second time at fall camp. The practice was mostly sunny with the coolest breeze of the fall. The temp was 55 degrees when practice started at 8:45 a.m., and 63 when it ended a little more than two hours later. Former UND men's basketball coach Dave Gunther (coached the Fighting Sioux from 1970-1988), former UND athletes David (football, 1968-69) and Gay (swimming & diving) Williamson and former UND football graduate assistant Jerry Areshenko were among the spectators.
Participation note: The sports medicine team was its busiest of the fall, which is generally normal for this point of fall camp where the daily grind starts to set in. Running back Teddy Sherva and cornerback Terrell Jennings missed a second-straight practice, while promising redshirt freshman safety Kadon Kauppinen pulled up with a hamstring injury.
Play of the day: Senior backup quarterback Andrew Zimmerman connected on an out route with sophomore wide receiver Mikey Griebel, who had to go to his knees to pull in the pass.
Looking good: UND's kicking game was unpredictable in 2018 with freshmen at kicker, punter and long snapper but both sophomore Brady Leach and freshman backup Brady Stevens, a transfer who was previously expecting to walk on at the University of Colorado, were striking it well Thursday during drills.
UND safety Jordan Canady, on what's considered the toughest schedule in the country: "Growing up, I always like playing against the best teams. You have to beat somebody if you want to prove you're the best. So I'm excited for us. It's a huge opportunity ... looking forward to Drake."
Next up: UND will conduct fall camp practice No. 7 on Friday morning starting at 8:45 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Day 6 notes
- Each practice, at the end of a drill, one UND coach runs through a gauntlet of players trying to strip the football from his arms. Special teams and tight ends coach Shawn Kostich drew the assignment this time and the gauntlet was able to jar the ball loose, forcing some pushups from the young assistant.
- Senior graduate transfer Alex Wilde, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver from South Dakota State, received good news Wednesday from the NCAA. Wilde was declared eligible for the entire season after a technicality holdup related to compliance.
- The two plays that drew the biggest reaction from teammates were the Griebel catch, mentioned above, as well as a quarterback draw from freshman Tommy Schuster in which the sea parted, allowing the Macomb, Mich., native to pickup a huge chunk of yards.
- Each practice, it seems a different wide receiver has dominated the workload: from Noah Wanzek to Brock Boltmann to Garett Maag to Wilde. On Thursday, Travis Toivonen took his turn. Nate Ketteringham connected with the senior on an out route, while Noah Grover and Tommy Schuster each hit the Red Wing, Minn., native on slants for what would have been a touchdown.
UND fall football camp coverage
Day 5 (Aug. 7): A new backfield era with Santiago, Oliveira out of the picture | Day 5 roundup
Day 6 (Aug. 8): The search for the next Cole Reyes | Day 6 roundup