In a matter of just a few months, UND's Graham DeVore went from chasing down opposing quarterbacks to chasing down food orders on a Jet Ski.
This summer, DeVore and high school friend Dylan Dierking started a business on White Bear Lake (Minn.) in which customers buy food from a lake-front restaurant. Then, "Foodski" picks it up and delivers to your boat or dock via a Jet Ski.
"(Dierking) has a dock there, and we had got some food and were sitting there and came up with the idea," DeVore said about the two Mahtomedi High School graduates. "We just said this would be kind of cool and something to do. We looked into it a bit and in a couple of days said, 'let's give it a shot.' What's the harm? It's a good experience, and we can make a little money."
The company motto is "You buy -- we fly."
Customers can order from one of four White Bear Lake restaurants. Once an order is placed, customers text "Foodski" to a cell phone number provided on the company website (foodskimn.com). Foodski says it will then give you a call to track you down with your order.
The fee is 25% of the order or a minimum of $10. The service is available from 1 p.m. to 90 minutes before sunset Thursday through Sunday.
DeVore, who said the company's biggest hurdle was navigating insurance for the commercial use of the Jet Skis, thinks the local reception has been good.
"Super positive and supportive," he said. "They say it's such a good idea. We've even been getting job applications. People want to work for us, which is cool. We didn't take them. It's going to be just (Dylan and I) unless we get totally swamped. For now, we prefer to keep it to us. Everyone is excited, though. It's just fun being on the water. It's a cool idea and concept."
DeVore, a marketing major at UND, was planning on getting an internship in Grand Forks this summer but the coronavirus pandemic altered the plans.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound junior-to-be with the football program grew up going to the lake. His family owned a cabin near Brainerd, Minn.
"I love the water," he said.
DeVore is back in Grand Forks now to prepare for UND's 2020 football season, but he's hopeful the business can continue in future summers.
"I think it'd be cool to push it forward and see how far we can go," DeVore said. "I'm not really able to help run it now with football. I'm helping in other ways, but on the water it's just my friend Dylan. I guess we'll see how it goes. It's really fun to do. I wouldn't be opposed to keeping it going. It'd be cool to see where we can take it."
DeVore has become a key part of UND's defense in his short time on that side of the ball.
The Grant, Minn., native, came to UND as a fullback. He redshirted in 2017, then made seven starts at fullback in 2018.
In 2019, new UND offensive coordinator Danny Freund took over the offense and wasn't planning on using much of a fullback. In addition, UND's defensive line was a thin position group.
So DeVore, a decorated defensive player in high school, made the move to the other side of the ball for 2019.
He appeared in 10 games and made three starts when standout defensive end Mason Bennett, a first round Canadian Football League draft pick this year, was injured. DeVore finished with 31 tackles and was tied for second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss.
On UND's 2020 spring prospectus, DeVore is listed as the starting defensive end.