UND held its eighth fall camp practice Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium. With a lot of help from Herald video reporter Dani Podlaski, here are a few details to know about it:
The scene: The team practiced in shorts and shoulder pads on a sunny day with temperatures in the upper 60s. Former UND linebacker Tanner Palmborg was among the spectators.
Participation note: The number of players sitting out with minor injuries is beginning to grow. Starting cornerback Hayden Blubaugh also was banged up Saturday when he went up to defend a pass intended for tight end Hunter Pinke. He didn't return to action Saturday. Anything serious? "Not at this point," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We're good to go and let's hope that continues."
Play of the day: With teammates trying to distract, sophomore kicker Brady Leach connected on a field goal from 50 yards out.
Looking good: UND's depth at wide receiver continues to be a noteworthy aspect of camp. Sophomore Pedro Schmidt and true freshman Chrysten Cochran each made standout plays to add to the proven returners in Noah Wanzek, Travis Toivonen and Garett Maag.
UND head coach Bubba Schweigert: "Better execution on offense but ball security has to be an emphasis. We had a couple of those today and can't afford to do that. We had less negative plays and protection is getting better. Defensively, we have a few guys nicked up. Young guys are getting reps and that'll help us in the long run."
Next up: UND has its first day off of fall camp Sunday and will return to action for practice No. 9 on Monday morning starting at 8:45 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Day 8 notes
- Junior Ray Haas, who has played most of his career at outside linebacker, has been taking reps at defensive end the past couple of practices.
- True freshman tight end Billy Riviere, at 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, doesn't look like your typical rookie.
- True freshman Caleb Nelson, a highly touted recruit and brother of safety Leonard Nelson IV, remains on the sidelines as he waits for eligibility clearance.
- Redshirt freshman Jaelen Johnson, a walk-on from Greendale, Wis., continues to show why coaches feel he was a recruiting steal a year ago. Johnson played in three games in 2018, so he was able to maintain his redshirt.
UND fall football camp coverage
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