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UND football camp Day 11: Hawks begin scrimmage prep

The Fighting Hawks will conduct the camp's lone scrimmage Thursday morning at Memorial Stadium.

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UND quarterback Tommy Schuster (2) talks with running back Otis Weah during morning football practice at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

The UND football team began to ramp up Wednesday for the lone scrimmage of fall camp, which takes place Thursday morning at Memorial Stadium.

On Wednesday, camp broke down into two teams for the first time and went through a set of plays without pads in preparation for Thursday's live action.

Many UND regulars will sit out the scrimmage, but the coaching staff wants to take a look at a few of the depth chart battles, especially the offensive line, where UND is looking to replace all three starting interior line spots from the spring.

After the scrimmage, UND will take part in Media Day, to be held next door at the Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic Center. The team won't practice Friday.

Here are the details from Day 11

The scene: UND practiced in just shorts and helmets from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30. The temperature was 75 and humid at Memorial Stadium.

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Play of the day: In team red-zone team drills, Tommy Schuster made a nice touch pass to tight end Adam Zavalney, who scored on the play. The pass was just over the hands of the underneath coverage and right in front of the over-the-top coverage.

Looking good: Redshirt freshman cornerback Sam Robertson, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds from Wayzata High School, stood out late in practice when he nearly picked Quincy Vaughn along the sideline and then broke up another Vaughn pass, which was affected by the quarterback hurry from linebacker Ted Mullin.

Day 11 notes

  • Tommy Schuster was on target early, hitting wide receiver Marcus Preston and tight end Billy Riviere to start the first set of 11-on-11 work.
  • Cornerback Caleb Nelson made a nice play to break up a Tommy Schuster pass for Garett Maag on an endzone fade.
  • One of Schuster's strengths is his ability to find tight windows in the red zone. That was the case again Wednesday. On one play, he sprinted out to his right and found a small window to hit Jacob Odom, who was following Schuster's path while in the end zone.
  • Rookie defensive end Casey Schultz, a 6-foot-4 Caledonia product, has taken some rotations with the veterans and appears to be a candidate for a four-game redshirt rule player.
  • In the scrimmage setting, defensive end Luke Lennon charged upfield to string out running back Luke Skokna's sweep attempt.
  • During Vaughn's reps of the scrimmage setting, outside linebacker Quinn Urwiler forced a "sack" in the backfield. Earlier in skelly drills, Urwiler showed his athleticism when he batted down a quick out route attempt from Trey Feeney to Adam Zavalney.

Past coverage

5 questions for fall camp

Day 1: Back outdoors

Day 2: Quarterback Trey Feeney makes strong first impression

Day 3: Jack Wright starts to carve a role following injury

Day 4: Jake Richter using his size to make plays

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Day 5: Rookie corners show promise

Day 6: Chrysten Cochran makes most of increased reps

Day 7: Grand Forks' Ben Christian working into top rotation

Day 8: Adam Zavalney showcases pass-catching ability

Day 9: Belquist, Boltmann slowly becoming more involved

Day 10: Team vaccination rates improve

Day 11: Hawks begin scrimmage prep

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

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, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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