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Updated: Sunday 06/22/2011 16:04:39 (ET)
by UND Athletics Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Periodically throughout the summer, the FightingSioux.com staff is going to find various numbers associated with the Fighting Sioux football team and take a deeper look at those figures.

There is no method to the madness. The idea is to explore numbers a little deeper for each blog installment. Those digits will be dissected in numerous ways to provide some interesting historical nuggets on the program as well as a look towards the 2011 season.

The first number we will look at a little closer in volume one is the team's total offense from the 2010 season:

3554

  • Sophomore running back Jake Miller (Bismarck, N.D.) wears No. 3 for the Fighting Sioux and as a true freshman, he rushed for three touchdowns.  You know how many carries he had on the campaign?  That would be 35.
  • Speaking of No. 35, that number is worn by senior linebacker Dan Hendrickson (Minot, N.D.). Hendrickson led the team in solo tackles with 54 a season ago. You know where that ranks on the single-season charts at UND?  That would be No. 3 all-time.
  • Back to the No. 3, that is the number of 100-yard receiving games redshirt freshman Greg Hardin (Bellevue, Neb.) registered in 2010. The last player with at least three 100-yard receiving games in a season was Weston Dressler in 2007 when he had four.
  • Flip-flop the last two numbers (45) and you find the average number of points UND scored in its 3 home victories in 2010. 
  • The middle two digits were the season-high in points the Sioux put up on the scoreboard in a 55-14 trouncing of Northwestern State on Sept. 18.
  • The last two digits are 54 - the number worn by former Sioux linebacker Jim LeClair. Fifty-four is one of six "honored jersey" numbers in the history of UND football. LeClair played for UND from 1970-71. In 1971, he named a first-team AFCA and Associated Press All-American as well as the North Central Conference Player of the Year.  LeClair was a third-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1972 and later played in Super Bowl XVI.
  • Donald Miller was a 4-sport start at UND and was enshrined into the UND Hall of Fame in 1992. Miller lettered in baseball, basketball, track and field and football during his time in Grand Forks. The two years he lettered in football were 1954 and 1955.
  • In the final homecoming game played at Memorial Stadium in 2000, the Fighting Sioux recorded a 54-6 victory over Morningside College. It was also the 54th homecoming victory in the 74-year history of the stadium.
  • In 10 seasons as the head coach at UND, Jerry Olson posted a 54-39-4 record at the school. 
  • Three points was the margin of victory for UND in its 17-14 come-from-behind victory over Grand Valley State in the 2001 Division II National Championship game. Current tight ends coach Luke Schleusner hauled in a 58-yard reception on 4th-and-4 to set up the game-winning touchdown with 29 seconds left to play.   

 

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