Editor's note: Valley to Summit is a semi-daily roundup of news impacting the UND football and basketball programs, as well as updates from around the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Summit League.

One national media outlet has predicted a middle-of-the-pack finish for the UND football team in its first season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Hero Sports predicted UND to finish sixth in the 11-team MVFC in rankings released Tuesday morning.

Hero Sports projected North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Southern Illinois to finish above UND, while South Dakota, Youngstown State, Missouri State, Indiana State and Western Illinois were pegged to finish below the Fighting Hawks.

UND made the FCS Playoffs a year ago, losing at Nicholls State in the first round. The Hawks return a strong core defensively but will need to replace starting quarterback Nate Ketteringham, starting running back James Johannesson and top wide receivers Noah Wanzek and Travis Toivonen.

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The Hawks are expected to open the season Sept. 5 against Valparaiso at the Alerus Center.

Former NDSU QB compliments UND staff

The father of UND's new quarterback recruit joined WDAY's Dom Izzo to talk about the commitment of Moorhead's Trey Feeney.

Kevin Feeney, the head coach of the Spuds and former North Dakota State star, was complimentary of UND's coaching staff during the recruiting process.

"They did an extensive evaluation on him," Feeney told Izzo. "They were at a football game, basketball practice, basketball game ... they really got their homework done early on him and really put the chips on the table and said 'Here you go, Trey.'

"I'm so jacked for him. I couldn't be more proud of him and how he handled this situation. It was ultimately his call, and he knew we were behind him 100 percent. The relationship he had with the staff at UND ... they really felt he belonged there. I was, like, shoot, let's go."

Two more hoops offers

The UND women's basketball team handed out a pair of scholarship offers to 2022 recruits recently.

UND offered Milwaukee Academy of Science's Nakiyah Hurst, a 6-foot wing. Hurst, who plays AAU with Wisconsin Playground Elite, averaged 19.6 points per game as a sophomore.

The Hawks also offered Sydney Runsewe of DeLaSalle. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard averaged 12.9 points per game as a sophomore.