UND adds quarterback depth with California junior college transfer

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UND expects to be young at quarterback when the 2020 college football season starts.

The leading candidates for the starting job include a redshirt freshman and two true freshmen.

This offseason, that's meant the Fighting Hawks' coaching staff has been in the market for another quarterback with a little experience.

On Wednesday, UND filled that void by landing a verbal commitment from Moorpark College (Calif.) quarterback Ethan Postler, a 6-foot-5 Iowa native, who accepted a walk-on offer.

Moorpark is the same community college attended by UND safety Hayden Galvin, a possible starter in 2020. Postler spent two seasons at Moorpark, playing his first year there and redshirting the next season. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining at UND.


In 2018, Postler played in eight games, completing 65 of 136 passes (47.8 percent) for 628 yards. He had four touchdowns and four interceptions.

"I want to coach -- that's the end goal," Postler said. "I tried to get to a Division I program, but I didn't want to settle. I still wanted to come some place where I could compete."

Postler was in contact with UND out of high school through former Fighting Hawks offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph.

Postler comes from a football family. His dad Paul and brother Austin both played at the University of Iowa.

"I'm excited," Postler said. "I think it's a good fit. (UND offensive coordinator Danny Freund) talked to me about looking at bringing in a veteran guy, but they didn't want to spend the scholarship money. I think it's a good situation. I love football and love schematics, and I'll do my best to bring that to the room."

Postler plans to arrive in Grand Forks on July 5, which is also when UND's incoming true freshmen are also planning to get to campus.

Postler's addition now gives UND four quarterbacks for the fall, along with projected starter Tommy Schuster and challengers Quincy Vaughn and Reid Neal. Walk-on junior college transfer Noah Grover, who ran the scout team in 2019, left the program this offseason to transfer to NCAA Division II Slippery Rock.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019 and 2022.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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