In most years, UND football camp starts at Memorial Stadium in August in 80 degree heat.
On Friday, UND football camp started indoors at the High Performance Center as temperatures were less than 10 degrees outside.
It was just another abnormal aspect of the FCS college football season to be played in the spring amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"It's really just going with the flow, to be honest," UND wide receiver Garett Maag said. "I'm grateful we have this. Everyone is really excited to get out there. It has been a whole year, so everyone has that adrenaline to get out there and play against other people."
Here are the details from Day 1:
The scene: UND conducted practice from 7:30 a.m. to about 8:45 a.m. The Fighting Hawks' players and coaches have a little longer commute to practice this spring, as both have exited setups in Memorial Stadium in preparation for its expected demolition. Players are housed in Hyslop Sports Center, while coaches are in Starcher Hall.
Participation note: UND had a handful of players working out with trainers on the sideline to start camp, including linebacker Quinton Urwiler, tight end Trae Steckler and cornerback Richard Agyekum. Wide receiver Elijah Klein was also sitting out. Hunter Pinke, who suffered a spine injury a little more than a year ago, was on the field in his wheelchair.
Play of the day: In limited 11-on-11 action, No. 1 quarterback Tommy Schuster hit wide receiver Garett Maag for a 20-yard gain in tight coverage.
Looking good: UND didn't have many new additions between fall practices and the start of camp but there was one new face at wide receiver. Minnesota State-Moorhead transfer Jake Richter was suited up on Day 1, wearing No. 5.
Needs work: UND's kickers went 0-for-4 from about 40 yards as they made attempts with the entire team surrounding the holder and yelling. UND's deep group of kickers this year includes returning starter Brady Leach, Brady Stevens, St. Cloud State transfer Adam Stage and University of Jamestown transfer Sean Fenelon.
Day 1 notes
- Wide receiver-kick returner-quarterback Brock Boltmann worked with the quarterbacks on Day 1 and took the second round of snaps after Tommy Schuster in the 11-on-11 portion of practice.
- Safety Jordan Canady was tangled up on a deep ball during practice and appeared to be in pain but was able to walk around on the sideline after the play.
- Rookie wide receiver Jack Wright, the high school football national record-holder for career touchdowns, practiced for the first time as he returns from a leg injury. He wore a brace during practice.
- Quarterback Quincy Vaughn was the third quarterback to take reps during the team portion of practice. His last throw was a deep ball that rookie wide receiver Bo Belquist couldn't quite haul in amid tight coverage.
- UND's practices are closed to the general public. The team has 20 camp practices scheduled including two more this weekend.