UND held its ninth fall camp practice Monday morning at Memorial Stadium. Here are a few details to know about it:
The scene: For the first time during fall camp, rain was a constant during practice. Practice started at 8:45 a.m. with a temperature of 62 degrees with light rain. Practice ended at about 11 a.m. with a heavier rain and a temperature of 60 degrees. With the rain, only the diehards were spectators Monday morning including radio color analyst and legendary coach Mike Berg.
Participation note: The injury sideline was lighter Monday than Saturday. True freshman safety Matt Koshiol, of Cold Spring, Minn., and linebacker Chavildo Van Ommeren were among those held out of practice.
Play of the day: Late in practice, the offense went wild reacting to this play: Sophomore quarterback Noah Grover hit senior wide receiver Alex Wilde, a transfer from South Dakota State, deep down the sideline. Wilde had to make an adjustment on the ball and made the catch over sophomore defensive back and former Grand Forks Red River quarterback Derek Murph.
Looking good: Monday was the most spirited of the fall camp practices. Perhaps the rain made everyone go a little crazy. A vocal defense was taking great pleasure in UND's offense sputtering late in practice. The biggest defensive reaction came when junior defensive back Jer Dominique, who transferred to UND from Hawaii, broke up a pass intended for true freshman wide receiver Adam Zavalney. The rookie from Park River has shown great body control on his 6-4 frame in fall camp and nearly made another outstanding catch but Dominique punched it out late in the process.
Next up: Up to this point, every UND practice has started at 8:45 a.m. But Tuesday's fall camp Day 10 will start at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Day 9 notes
- Let's start with a correction from Day 8 notes. UND linebacker Ray Haas is not taking reps at defensive end. I was thrown off by some jersey swapping and didn't recognize that it was actually former full-time fullback Graham DeVore.
- The UND offense's best sequence was early, perhaps a reflection of the slippery conditions later in practice. UND opened by using its tight ends more than they have all camp. Andrew Zimmerman hit senior Alex Cloyd and Grover connected with junior Derek Paulson. The defense, though, did respond moments later when safety Jordan Canady broke up a pass intended for Cloyd.
- The defense responded in the second portion of team drills. Senior linebacker Jade Lawrence nearly intercepted a Zimmerman pass over the middle and redshirt freshman linebacker Marcus Vaughn Jones went deep into coverage to bat away a Nate Ketteringham pass intended for Travis Toivonen.
- The offense and defense traded punches (figurative ones, so far) late in practice. Zimmerman hit sophomore wide receiver Garett Maag on a well-designed wheel route. On the next play, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jaelen Johnson "sacked" Ketteringham.
- True freshman running back Luke Skokna was on the receiving end of a big pass play from Ketteringham late in practice. Skokna is slowly working into drills as he continues to recover from an injury suffered his senior year of high school.
- UND announced its annual Fanfest, presented by MidcoSN, will be Aug. 22 from 7-8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
- Senior defensive end Carl Engwall is no longer on the team roster. Engwall had been listed as a starter at right defensive end on the pre-fall depth chart. He was also a strong candidate to take a rotation at nose guard.
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