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UND Drive: First scrimmage eve
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Updated: Wednesday 08/12/2011 18:09:20 (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 Fighting Sioux football team is about a third of the way through its fall camp schedule and the first 10 days of camp have been spent preparing for what lies ahead on Saturday - the first scrimmage.

The squad concluded its second two-a-day session of fall camp on the eve of the scrimmage as the team worked out in full pads once again during the morning before going just to shells in the afternoon.

"We are continuing to get better and better each day," UND head coach Chris Mussman said. "Are their still mistakes? Absolutely, but our tempo is improving and we are making good strides as a football team."

Mussman did state that Saturday's first scrimmage will be scaled back a little from its original plan, but the team will still get 50-55 live plays in during the practice. 

"We want to make sure we stay healthy and that is the most important thing," he added. "We will make up those 15 to 20 plays throughout next week, but we will still get a chance to see how we've progressed and some guys will have an opportunity to show us what they can do."

As for the play on the field on Friday, Mussman is glad to see each side of the ball responding well to the challenges placed in front of them.  He said once again that each side of the ball had its bright spots.

In red zone work during the morning, it was the offense that had the upperhand, but the defense responded with a better effort towards the end of the session. Redshirt freshman Tyhre Ivery (Garland, Texas) turning a crossing route into six points during the drills on a ball from sophomore Joey Bradley (Issaqua, Wash.)

In the afternoon, the defense opened up strong, only to see the offense come back with some nice plays in team drills. Senior safety Justin Belloti (Kenosha, Wis.) jumped an underneath route, turning that into an interception that would have easily gone for a touchdown. 

Freshmen Romon Bridges (Stockton, Calif.) and Jameer Jackson both hauled in deep balls working with various reserve offensive units. Bridges made two similar catches where he got behind the defense for long gains.

News and Notes
-WDAZ went live again from Memorial Stadium for its six o'clock broadcast. Tonight, anchor Scott Grodsky chatted with defensive coordinator Mike Mannausau.
-A full media contingent is expected to make their way to the practice field on Saturday to cover the scrimmage.

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