The UND football team's top two passing targets a year ago -- Noah Wanzek and Travis Toivonen -- combined for more than 120 catches and more than 1,500 yards.
Replacing those four-year regulars will be one of the big storylines of the 2020-21 spring season for the Fighting Hawks.
On Day 2 of the team's camp leading up to the season, two wide receivers competing for playing time made standout grabs at the High Performance Center.
Minnesota State-Moorhead graduate transfer Jake Richter and Grand Forks Red River product Tyler Burian both made notable catches during workouts.
Richter, who had more than 1,000 yards in 2018 with the Dragons, made a diving catch on the sideline on an out route from No. 1 quarterback Tommy Schuster. Schuster's ball originally looked to be underthrown until Richter made his break on his route and made the quick adjustment.
Richter's catch came during UND's 11-on-11 portion of practice.
Burian made his catch in passing drills of receiver-defensive back work. Freshman quarterback Quincy Vaughn aired out a deep ball to Burian who went up to make the catch of about 40 yards over the coverage of freshman cornerback Sam Robertson.
Burian, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound redshirt sophomore, had one catch for eight yards against Drake in 2019.
Here are the details from Day 2:
The scene: UND conducted practice from 7:30 a.m. to about 8:45 a.m.
Participation note: Three players who worked out on the sidelines on Day 1 were back in drills including linebacker Quinton Urwiler, tight end Trae Steckler and cornerback Richard Agyekum. Wide receiver Elijah Klein and safety Jordan Canady, who looked to be hurt on Day 1 while in coverage during team work, were riding the exercise bikes.
Play of the day: Jake Richter, in his second day of practice at UND, dove to catch a ball on the sideline from Tommy Schuster for a gain of about 20 yards.
Looking good: Sophomore cornerback Caleb Nelson broke up passes on back-to-back plays during wide receiver-defensive back drills. Nelson broke up a deep ball from Ethan Postler to Bo Belquist, then knocked away a Reid Neal slant try to Hayden Overby.
Needs work: Celebrations. UND linebacker Ty Shannon intercepted a Tommy Schuster pass and took far too long to dunk the ball on the team's turnover trash can.
Day 2 notes
- UND started the 11-on-11 team portion of practice with a pair of draws for sophomore running back Luke Skokna, who showed his nice burst in the open field.
- For the second day in a row, UND worked in utility man Brock Boltmann at quarterback -- sometimes with another quarterback split out wide.
- Freshman Reid Neal was the fourth quarterback to take snaps. He hit tight end/wide receiver Adam Zavalney, of Park River, N.D., on a rollout pass for about 7 yards to finish practice.
- Freshman quarterback Quincy Vaughn, at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, showcased his athleticism on a scramble around the edge during his snaps during team work. Vaughn is known more for his power running, but he looked quick around the edge on Saturday.
- Rookie linebacker Wyatt Pedigo, who racked up huge offensive days at running back in high school, made a nice play to break up an Ethan Postler pass during drills.