Preseason college football camp is often a time to see true freshman for the first time and envision their futures in the program.
Sometimes that means it's easy to overlook another group worth keeping tabs on: veterans who haven't had their time in the spotlight.
It was that group making the most plays Monday morning at UND football camp at the High Performance Center.
At wide receiver, UND is looking to replace four-year standouts in Noah Wanzek and Travis Toivonen.
That replacement starts with Garett Maag, who is poised to have a huge season. It's also easy to see Brock Boltmann and Minnesota State-Moorhead transfer Jake Richter eating up two more regular spots.
As we've thought about depth, though, there's plenty of intrigue in the careers of Bo Belquist, Jack Wright and Marcus Preston -- all rookies who have taken moments to shine at moments in practice.
But there's also a group of wideouts who have waited their turn in the program.
Tyler Burian, Mikey Griebel and Jacob Odom all made plays Monday morning to serve as a reminder that the wide receiver depth question deserves some thought to program veterans.
All three caught deep balls during practice Monday, including one from Burian that caught the eye of head coach Bubba Schweigert.
The question for Burian has never been body type and athleticism. He possesses a track background and a 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame.
Some of the questions for the Grand Forks Red River product are whether he can go up and use that size to make great catches.
That's exactly what he did over some pretty good defense from emerging corner Sammy Fort on one deep ball.
The questions surrounding Odom, a former defensive back, are more about durability and consistency. Yet, he's strung together some healthy practices now.
Here are the details from Day 9:
The scene: After taking Sunday off, UND practiced in full pads from about 7:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. at the High Performance Center.
Participation note: UND has avoided new -- and especially big -- injuries during fall camp as well or better as any previous camp.
Play of the day: Tommy Schuster took a deep shot during team drills and the ball was reeled in by wide receiver Tyler Burian for a gain of about 40 yards. Burian was able to get behind the corner coverage of Sammy Fort. An underthrown ball allowed Fort to catch up a bit but Burian went up and made an impressive play to go up and get it.
Looking good: Tight end Max Gunderson, a product of Detroit Lakes, has been an intriguing prospect. The high school quarterback has quickly morphed his body and is starting to make plays at practice. Reid Neal found him deep during team drills and the tight end did his best Jimmy Kleinsasser impression by running free past what was probably broken coverage.
Needs work: There wasn't much for a glaring issue Monday. In one of the old, tired cliches of team-on-team practice, "There was a lot of give-and-take."
Day 9 notes
- Two linebacker players stood out at practice. St. Cloud State transfer Devon Krzanowski quickly closed on what would have been a sack on of Quincy Vaughn, while outside linebacker Josh Navratil -- a name to start keeping tabs on -- blew up an Austin Clemetson draw play.
- The defensive back play of C.J. Siegel and Sammy Fort seemed to force quite a few broken plays for the offense.
- The offense really celebrated an open-field shimmy from running back Austin Clemetson, a transfer from Wyoming.
- UND worked on red-zone plays at half speed, which might signal they're introducing some new looks.