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UND Drive: Opportunity knocks
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Updated: Wednesday 08/16/2011 12:50:04 (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 began 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 the evening of Sept. 1 against the Bulldogs and each subsequent game that follows.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the end of Tuesday's practice at Memorial stadium, the first three quarterbacks on the depth chart were all given one opportunity to put points on the board with one drive starting from their own 20-yard line.

It was the first time this fall that the teams went through standard drive situations during live action and the results went in favor of the defense, who did not allow the offense to tally in points.

Senior Brent Goska (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) completed all four of his passes for 31 yards on his drive, but after moving the ball onto the defensive side of the 50-yard line, the drive stalled.

Classmate Catlin Solum (Fargo, N.D.) prolonged the drive, snagging a high throw from Goska on a third down and five for a seven-yard gain.

With quarterbacks off limits to contact, sophomore Garrison Goodman (San Ramon, Calif.) only had to get his hands on Goska as he was credited with a sack on a third-and-3 play from the 35-yard line.

Marcus Hendrickson (Perham, Minn.) picked up one first down on his drive, thanks to a five-yard completion to Jameer Jackson (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and back-to-back, three-yard runs by P.J. Sparks (Glendale, Ariz.).

The defense responded though with a pair of sacks over the next three plays to disrupt that drive and bring it to a close. Redshirt freshman Alex Hickel (Grand Forks, N.D.) and classmate Ekenna Anya-Gafu (Sacramento, Calif.) got to Hendrickson before he could get the ball away.

Sophomore Joey Bradley (Issaqua, Wash.) also led his unit to one first down thanks to a nice, diving catch by Blair Townsend (Coon Rapids, Minn.) on a third-and-6 play. Redshirt freshman Daryl Brown (Plymouth, Minn.) showed his worth on that drive, posting a nice, open-field tackle on Jer Garman (Marion, Iowa) and also registering a pass breakup. 

News and Notes
  • Head coach Chris Mussman told his squad following the practice that all the pieces are there on the field, they just have to continue working hard to put it all together.
  • A total of 23 plays were run during the live session on Tuesday. The trio of quarterbacks combined to complete 7-of-9 attempts. Townsend had two of those catches for 21 yards. 
  • The Sioux have just two more two-a-days remaining in fall camp with both of those scheduled for later this week (Wednesday and Friday).
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