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UND football camp Day 4: Jake Richter using his size to make plays

Four NFL scouts were in attendance Monday morning to watch tackle Matt Waletzko.

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UND defensive back Caleb Nelson (22) smacks down a pass intended for wide receiver Tyler Burian during morning football practice at Memorial Stadium on Monday, August 9, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

During the leadup to the UND football program's spring season, Minnesota State Moorhead transfer and Detroit Lakes, Minn., native Jake Richter was the star of practices.

Richter made circus catches the regular at the Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic Center.

Richter, who's 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds had a solid Division I debut, finishing with 12 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown as the Fighting Hawks advanced to the FCS quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

Richter had been relatively quiet through the first three days of fall camp at Memorial Stadium, but he was back to making plays Monday on the fourth day of camp.

Quarterbacks Tommy Schuster, Quincy Vaughn and Trey Feeney all hit on big plays to Richter, who successfully used his big frame to shield defenders.

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Richter, who's returning for his extra senior season, provides UND with a pair of big-body targets as he pairs with Garett Maag, who, just like Richter, is 6-4, 215.

Here are the details from Day 4:

The scene: UND conducted practice outdoors at Memorial Stadium on Monday morning from 8:45 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. The temperature was 70 degrees, sunny and smoke-free. There were four NFL scouts in attendance, with reps from the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers. They were watching offensive tackle Matt Waletzko.

Play of the day: Quincy Vaughn showcased his arm talent when he rolled out to his right and threw sidearm on the run about 20 yards downfield on the money for wide receiver Chrysten Cochran.

Looking good: Safety Hayden Galvin was in line to make huge hits on a couple of occasions but had to hold up due to the practice contact rules. Galvin also intercepted rookie quarterback Simon Romfo on Monday.

Day 4 notes

  • After changing from defense to offense and missing big chunks of time with an injury, junior Jacob Odom is starting to make plays and fit in at wide receiver. Odom is undersized but athletic.
  • Canadian safety Ethan Ball made one of the best defensive plays of the day when Vaughn lofted a ball too much on a broken play. The long pass down the sideline was broken up and nearly intercepted by the young safety.
  • Marcus Vaughn-Jones made another strong defensive play when he batted down a Feeney pass intended for running back Isaiah Smith.
  • The longest play of the day was a Schuster bomb to Maag, who ran free behind defensive backs. That's happened a couple of times already with Maag during the fall.
  • Langdon-Edmore-Munich product Simon Romfo, a true freshman quarterback, received some of his first team reps of fall camp. Romfo connected with Bismarck Century product Noah Schaffner and redshirt freshman Jack Wright. He was also picked off by Galvin.
  • Schuster threw a perfectly placed back-shoulder throw to Maag for a big pickup during team drills.
  • Second-year wide receiver Marcus Preston saw a few opportunities in unique ways to get him the ball, seeing a jet sweep and a bubble screen.

Past coverage

5 questions for fall camp

Day 1: Back outdoors

Day 2: Quarterback Trey Feeney makes strong first impression

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

Day 4: Jake Richter using his size to make plays

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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