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UND FOOTBALL: No “deflategates” at UND

Like the NFL, footballs used for UND games are inspected by officials before each game. But there have been no "deflategates" at UND. However. the air pressure in a football -- at least for quarterbacks -- is a concern, said UND assistant coach D...

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Like the NFL, footballs used for UND games are inspected by officials before each game.

But there have been no “deflategates” at UND.

However. the air pressure in a football -- at least for quarterbacks -- is a concern, said UND assistant coach Danny Freund, a former North Dakota quarterback.

“Quarterbacks are pretty specific about how they like their football,” he said .“Most quarterbacks prefer a football with less air. It’s easier to throw a football when it’s not super inflated.

Before each game, UND turns in six footballs to the officiating crew, which inspects the footballs for adequate air pressure.

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When Freund played, he said he often went to the ball boys to see what -- if any -- changes were made to the footballs after the officials inspected them. The UND assistant said about half of the time, he could tell officials put more air into the footballs.

 

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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