It's offseason for the UND football program, but the release of the spring roster typically provides nuggets of news every year. The school released the spring roster on Wednesday. Here's a look at what you need to know.
1. UND has three 2020 prep recruits already on campus
In a common trend at higher levels of college football, but one UND hasn't had much, if any, experience with, this spring will see three 2020 prep recruits enrolled in college early for spring football.
Quarterbacks Reid Neal and Quincy Vaughn, as well as Iowa running back Creighton Mitchell are already on campus.
That should be a big bonus for Neal and Vaughn, especially, to learn Danny Freund's offense and get a jump ahead of fall camp.
The quarterback competition is expected to be a wide-open race with redshirt freshman Tommy Schuster as the early front-runner for the starting job.
Mitchell also has a shot at playing time. He received walk-on offers from Iowa and Iowa State and UND is looking to replace the production of James Johannesson in the backfield.
2. Beefed up lines
Not only does a new roster provide a refresh of names in the program, but the new weights listed for each player are usually interesting -- especially for young offensive and defensive linemen.
This year that's especially true, considering two storylines from 2019. One, was that UND's offensive line purposefully slimmed down in hopes of becoming more athletic, although the offense struggled to run the ball last season. Two, UND's defensive line, through injuries and attrition, became small and running the ball against that defensive front wasn't tough enough for opponents.
With those two storylines to consider, UND fans should be very excited at the weight gains among important figures in 2020.
Some of the biggest weight jumps include defensive end Quintin Seguin (plus-29 pounds), offensive lineman E.J. Langstaff (plus-25), offensive lineman Ryan Tobin (plus-26), offensive lineman Kyle Hergel (plus-17), offensive lineman Sean Russo (plus-28), offensive lineman Colin Lavell (plus-20), defensive lineman Luke Lennon (plus-26).
Quite a few others put on 10-to-15 pounds of additional weight, including two promising rookies Isaac Moore (15 pounds) and Elijah Beach (13).
3. A few new names
Even in the days of social media and recruiting coverage, spring rosters often have at least a couple of unreported additions and the 2020 roster is no exception.
Not including the three prep early enrollments, UND has five new additions to the 2020 roster including two never-reported athletes.
The two newest names are safety Connor Wilcoxen, a junior college transfer from Oklahoma, as well as linebacker Tommy Kimball from Duluth East.
The other new names include St. Cloud State transfers -- linebacker Devon Krzanowski and kicker Adam State. Junior college linebacker Ken Bohnenkamp is also on the roster.
4. Transfers and other exits
The spring is also a time to notice attrition within the program, which can always be a mix of good and bad news. It's often a time we see long-term injuries lead to players no longer being on the roster.
Quarterback Noah Grover and wide receiver Izzy Adeoti had been reported earlier this offseason.
Some of the notable absences on the 2020 roster include wide receiver Kyle Hietpas, linebacker Chavildo Van Ommeren, defensive back Luke Herzog, linebacker Jake Geier and offensive linemen Ben Jansen and Noah Mortel.
Hietpas, Jansen and Mortel were likely injury retirements and not overly unexpected.
Linebacker Cam Hunt, who would have been a senior in 2020, was removed from the roster late in the 2019 season.
5. Spring ball starts Feb. 28
Since the addition of UND's indoor practice facility, the program has moved spring ball up into late winter and early spring.
The move allows the program to finish spring ball before athletes start taking final exams for the second semester.
This year, spring football starts next Friday.
It should be an exciting year, with three new, young quarterbacks in the mix, a new defensive coordinator (Brett Holinka) and new running backs coach (to be determined).