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. - Mother Nature was only able to push back the second practice of fall camp for the UND football team on Saturday as steady rainfall turned a planned morning session into an afternoon affair at Memorial Stadium.
No time was wasted, however, as the setback only forced some rearranging of the day's schedule as afternoon meetings were conducted in place of the morning workout.
There were still some lingering, mild showers in the area when the horn sounded to begin to the two-hour practice, but the wetness and slick turf did not deter the team from getting its work in.
For the second straight day, it was just helmet and shorts to go with the new green and white practice jerseys for the Fighting Sioux. The team will add shoulder pads for Sunday's practice, which is forecasted to be sunny in the low 80s with a "zero" percent chance of precipitation.
Head coach Chris Mussman praised his squad following the session for enduring the first couple of days without pads, stating that "real football" was coming soon.
The UND Drive blog spoke with several different players following the practice to get some different viewpoints on their first impressions from fall camp, so check out the video which features several offensive and defensive starters giving their perspectives on the initial two practices. Defensive coordinator Mike Mannausau also chimes in with his thoughts.
There is also some footage and still photography from the second session to give an inside glimpse at the preceedings going on inside Memorial Stadium.
Day two ended up being very similar to day one as the team transitioned from individual work to skelly situations before closing out with more 11-on-11 work. The younger players are still getting their feet firmly on the ground, but several of the true freshmen have made their presence known already.
Dwayne Brown (Fontana, Calif.) collected a turnover in team drills. It happened on the far sideline, so it was hard to tell if it was an interception or a strip, but the ball ended up in his hands after a pass. Wide receiver Casey Young (Aurora, Colo.) went up high to make a couple of nice catches during both skelly and team drills.
The veterans were not to be outdone though as linebackers Ben Peters (Chandler, Ariz.) and Johnnie Daniels (Miami, Fla.) both intercepted passes during the skelly drills. Daniels hauled his in following a deflections, while Peters was proper position to catch an overthrow.
News and Notes
- Offensive lineman Emmett Lynch (Lester Prairie, Minn.) is being rewarded for his hard work during the summer. He is among a small group of Fighting Sioux players that did not miss a single workout during the summer months here in Grand Forks. Those players with perfect attendance get to watch from the sidelines as their fellow teammates run conditioning drills after practice.
- Senior Dan Hendrickson (Minot, N.D.) was not done sprinting after the conditioning drills were over. He had one more sprint left in him, which was straight to the cold tubs. He made sure he was the first one in to begin his cool down.
UND Drive: First impressions
Courtesy: Ryan Powell, UND Media Relations