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#DayByDay - Spring Football Practice Report No. 2
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Updated: Wednesday 03/29/2014 19:43:09 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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Grand Forks, N.D. - For the second consecutive day, the North Dakota football team hit the practice field in helmets and shoulder pads as the focus once again was getting more comfortable with the new offensive and defensive schemes being installed by first-year head coach Bubba Schweigert.

A blustery day made things a little more challenging for the squad on Saturday morning, but all-in-all, Schweigert was pleased with what he saw and noted that progress is being made as the team gears towards its first full-padded practice on Monday (3:15 p.m.).

Saturday's morning session was similar in structure to Friday's opening session that saw the team go through individual and skelly drills before concluding with three periods of 11-on-11 work.

Defensively, an unrelenting pursuit to the ball has been one of the traits being emphasized by new defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt. Through two practices, he is starting to see his unit buy into that approach.  

"Guys are eager and want to learn. There is definitely a hunger there and guys want to come back and prove something, so that has been good," Schmidt said. "Obviously, evaluation wise we are not where will be in a couple of weeks, but definitely feel like our guys are trying and I think that's the best thing.

What we have put on the back of their shirts 'Day by Day' is something we are living by and trying to get a little bit better each day. I think our guys did that from practice No. 1 to practice No. 2." 

Offensively, first-year coordinator Paul Rudolph is looking for consistency right now as his side of the ball learns the ins and out of his multiple offensive attack. He wants his unit to develop an identity with running the ball and also be able to throw the ball down field.

"I thought mentally we got a little bit better today," Rudolph said. "We are goign to keep throwing things at them, so they'll have to keep working at it and we'll go from there."

Notebook
- This was the only Saturday practice on the schedule besides for the final session of the spring, which will be the annual Green and White Game at the Alerus Center on April 26.
- The defensive spent two periods (10 minutes) on a drill called the "turnover circuit". Players go from station to station working on stripping the football, scooping up loose footballs and protecting the football after a teammate falls on it.
- WDAZ was on hand and conducted interviews with head coach Bubba Schweigert, offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph, defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt and wide receiver R.J. McGill. Herald staff writer Tom Miller was also at practice and will have a story in Sunday's newspaper with quotes from Schmidt and defensive back Chris Brown.
- Schweigert in his post-practice break down emphasized his desire to have a tough-minded team that conducted itself with championship behaviors. hechallenged his players to be able to walk off the practice field knowing they helped this team get better each day. 

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