The UND football team's offense will have a much different look in the spring of 2021 than the fall of 2019.
Gone are quarterback Nate Ketteringham, running back James Johannesson and wide receivers Noah Wanzek and Travis Toivonen.
However, in the storyline of changeover at the skill positions, it's sometimes forgot how veteran UND's offensive line will be for the spring slate.
All five of UND's expected starters in the spring have started at least eight games -- Matt Waletzko (11 starts), Ryan Tobin (32 starts), Kyle Hergel (12 starts), Nathan Nguon (16 starts) and Donny Ventrelli (8 starts).
"It definitely makes things a lot easier because we've been playing together a long time now, so we have that chemistry now," said Nguon, whose team held Day 5 of camp on Wednesday morning at the High Performance Center. "When coach Pawlak came in his first year, we were unsure what was going to happen. But we kept working day in and day out. (Pawlak) preaches 1 percent ... getting better every day. Last year, we had lots of ups and downs. But this year, there's been a lot of consistency so I'm looking forward to the season."
Here are the details from Day 5:
The scene: After a day off Tuesday, UND practiced in helmets and shoulder pads Wednesday morning from about 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The temperature outside was minus-18 degrees.
Participation note: Safety Jordan Canady, cornerback Sam Robertson and wide receiver Elijah Klein remain out, while Steven Keech, who was out Monday, was back in drills.
Play of the day: It wasn't a big gainer but the most impressive play of the day was an acrobatic grab on a swing a pass by running back Isaiah Smith on a ball that floated a little on Reid Neal.
Looking good: UND freshman cornerback Richard Agyekum made a nice play to break up a pass from Tommy Schuster intended for Garett Maag.
Needs work: Check downs from quarterback Tommy Schuster. UND's No. 1 quarterback threw two interceptions during team drills as he couldn't find anything open down field and attempted to make a short pass. Linebackers Caden White and Bryden Swenson made the interceptions.
Day 5 notes
- UND backup quarterback Quincy Vaughn might have had his best practice of the spring. He connected with rookie wide receiver Bo Belquist for a 25-yard gain on a crossing route. He hit on other nice pickups to Mikey Griebel, Garett Maag and Marcus Preston.
- UND defensive end Quintin Seguin made a couple of plays during running plays that looked like they would've been big hits. Seguin will be an important piece on the defensive front to push for playing time behind Jaelen Johnson and Graham DeVore.
- UND kicked one field goal during team work. Kicker Brady Stevens missed a 46-yard attempt wide left.
- There weren't many deep balls attempted Wednesday but Tommy Schuster tried one up for grabs for Garett Maag but C.J. Siegel was able to break it up. Maag appeared to be disappointed he wasn't able to wrangle in the 50-50 ball.
- Redshirt freshman Matt Koshiol made an impact on back-to-back plays from his safety spot. He nearly intercepted Brock Boltmann on a misfire pass intended for Jack Wright, then picked off Reid Neal on the next play on a short pass intended for Dalton Gee.