The UND football team's most dynamic offensive weapon has lined up just about everywhere in his Fighting Hawks career.
On Sunday morning, UND athlete Brock Boltmann's versatility was on display again in a variety of ways during Day 3 of camp at the High Performance Center.
Boltmann, a redshirt junior who also returns kicks for UND, saw practice reps at quarterback and wide receiver. Sometimes, he runs the option. Sometimes, he throws it deep. Sometimes he's on the field at the same time as another quarterback.
The Hawks, who recruited Boltmann as a quarterback out of Edina High School, have said they'd like to expand Boltmann's throwing options as a change-of-pace quarterback behind the 1-2 depth chart of Tommy Schuster and Quincy Vaughn.
A year ago, Boltmann erupted on the scene after a 56-yard touchdown run against Sam Houston State.
He finished the year with 31 carries for 199 yards -- an average of 6.4 yards per carry. Boltmann's effectiveness in the run game, however, lessened as the year went on and teams recognized his strengths.
In UND's last five games of the year, Boltmann ran for 14 yards.
Boltmann will be asked to be a top target in the passing game, too. He ended last season fourth on the team in receiving yards. He had 31 grabs for 243 yards.
Oddly enough for a running quarterback with questions throwing the ball, Boltmann didn't have an incompletion last season. He was 6-for-6 for 39 yards. With a long of 36 yards, though, clearly the Hawks didn't ask Boltmann to throw downfield much.
At practice Sunday, UND's first completion in team drills was a play-action drop-off from Boltmann to fullback Brett Finke, who was wide open in the flat.
Boltmann also had an explosive run when he kept the football while running the option with freshman wide receiver Bo Belquist.
Later in the practice, Boltmann completed a strike on a slant to Mikey Griebel before having a deep ball intended for Tyler Burian broken up by rookie cornerback Richard Agyekum, a freshman from the Netherlands.
Here are the details from Day 3:
The scene: UND practiced in helmets and shoulder pads from 7:30 a.m. to about 9 a.m. at the High Performance Center.
Participation note: Defensive lineman Jalen Morrison and cornerbacks Haley Bucholz and Sam Robertson joined safety Jordan Canady and wide receiver Elijah Klein on the sideline for today's practice. Klein's injury appears to be the most serious of those sitting out.
Play of the day: For the second time during fall camp, UND freshman quarterback Tommy Schuster had a wide receiver make a diving catch on the sideline on a ball that initially appeared uncatchable. Earlier in camp, the catch was from Minnesota State Moorhead transfer Jake Richter. On Sunday, it was Mikey Griebel making the grab.
Looking good: UND sophomore cornerback Caleb Nelson has made strong plays in back-to-back practices now. Nelson came flying in late to break up a deep ball from Reid Neal to Luke Skokna.
Needs work: Sloppy offensive basics. UND struggled Sunday with poor exchanges -- both snaps and handoffs -- and false starts.
Day 3 notes
- UND conducted two portions of team drills Sunday, rather than just one during Friday and Saturday.
- The first portion of team drills was almost exclusively running plays. Luke Skokna started things with a pair of big runs.
- The defense forced one turnover during the running portion of team drills. Isiah Smith appeared to fumble and the ball was recovered by sophomore linebacker Ken Bohnenkamp, who returned it for a "score".
- The defense continued to shine after the Bohnenkamp turnover. Freshman defensive end Luke Lennon and junior defensive lineman Quintin Seguin broke through the line to disrupt handoffs.
- Seguin made pretty strong contact with UND freshman running back Creighton Mitchell on one play, then Mitchell busted off a long run up the middle on the next down.
- UND tackle Matt Waletzko, who started the first six games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending injury, appears to be healthy and effective again at left tackle.
- UND's defense made one interception during passing drills. Ted Mullin tipped a Reid Neal pass into the hands of safety Peyton Fisher.
- UND's four kickers took turns from about 35-40 yards. Junior transfer Sean Fenelon was the only kicker to go without a miss during the drill, while the two kickers expected to compete for the starting job -- Brady Leach and Adam Stage -- each went 2-for-4.
Day 3: UND develops Boltmann's versatility