UND Drive: Hello my name is
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Updated: Monday 08/04/2011 17:36:19 (ET)
by Ryan Powell, UND Media Relations
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The UND Drive Blog will provide an inside look at the 2011 Fighting Sioux fall camp that begins on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Before UND can begin its first official drive of the season vs. Drake on Sept. 1, the team will spend 29 days on a different kind of a drive as the Sioux will work hard to reach the common goal of being the best-prepared team at the Alerus Center on that Thursday evening against the Bulldogs and each subsequent game that follows.

Grand Forks, N.D. - The best thing about day two of fall camp is the players and coaches are one day closer to hitting the field and putting all of the off-the-field business behind them. It certainly was not the agenda items that filled the day, which included physicals, equipment check-out and a compliance meetings.  Those are all necessary components though.

The newcomers spent their first evening as Fighting Sioux football players meeting a lot of new faces and going through a handful of introductions. Dinner was spent getting acquainted with their coaching and training staff along with some members of the UND Athletics administration.  

After the meal, it was time to meet their new teammates at the first official team meeting of camp. But, before that happened, the team walked into the Gamble Hall auditorium and were met by a picture of the Drake logo and two simple words: 29 days.  The message was clear from the start and after a brief set-the-tone message from coach Mussman, one-by-one, all 94 Fighting Sioux players introduced themselves. 

When the introductions of name, position, hometown and major were over, Mussman called down to the front a special group of 14 players, who he said was arguably the most important class in Fighting Sioux football history. The 2011 seniors came to UND knowing they would never compete in a playoff game as the team transitioned into Division I. Not all of them came in at the same time, but the group has persevered through this transition, which is in its final season, and the goal of sending this unique group off with a Great West Championship was hammered home to all in attendance.

The group received a nice, round of applause before the veterans found out which newcomer would be their little brother during fall camp. The big brothers are responsible for taking care of their new teammates, while also being expected to learn a thing or two about them as well.  The incentive for that is the possibility of getting out of some conditioning drills, so they will want to find out as much as they can if it means shedding a few sprints or up-downs off their plate. 

News and Notes
Dallas Kopp and Travis Kahlbaugh had their hands full with the 23 newcomers for today's equipment check-out.  The most tedious part of the day was probably picking out a face mask that worked just right for their new helmet. If the newbies wanted to make quick friends with the equipment staff, they would pick out the right one on the first try. Not sure if they were taking notes or not, but a few guys had to try out two or three before settling in on one.
- New coaching staffers Benny Boyd and Danny Freund were also lending a hand in the face mask-helmet process. The ND logos from the old ones were stripped off and only the players' numbers were left on the green shell.  "Those guys will have to earn those back," Freund said.
- Boyd gave freshman running back Jer Garman the run-around about wearing No. 2. That was his number during his college days at Aurora College.  It's also a special number in the UND annals as it is one of seven that are honored on the walls of Memorial Stadium.  Glenn "Red" Jarrett wore the 'deuce' back in 1928-30 as a running back for the Sioux. He was garnered as the first All-American football player in school history after his final season in 1930.
- Linebackers coach Josh Kotelnicki served as the equipment police and was the one barking out orders making sure the new guys knew what to do, where to be and did not get lost. This was just the first of many introductions to the former Sioux linebackers' distinguishable voice. 

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