#DayByDay Fall Camp Notebook: No. 13
This and That
Two weeks of fall camp are in the books and the coaches have installed the offenses and defenses and will go into Sunday's day off with their focus being on evaluation after concluding a pair of practices on Saturday.
"Now, it's about brushing it up. We will be off the field tomorrow, so it will be a big day for us as coaches to evaluate the roster and also evaluate our offense and defense to see how we can brush up on things over the next three days before we get into game prep for San Jose State," head coach Bubba Schweigert said.
"Our guys are sore and tired right now, but we want to see how we respond when you are. You have to be tough. That is what we are teaching right now. It's about mental toughness. Physically, everybody is sore. Everybody is sore across the whole country, I'm sure, but you have to be able to hand those situations."
Limited Live Looks
It was not as intensive of a scrimmage as the first one last Saturday, but the morning session at Memorial Stadium provided some live looks for the coaches as they continue to evaluate each position and determine a depth chart for the opener vs. San Jose State.
It was more a situational scrimmage as the offense was put deep in its own territory for the first half-dozen plays. The team then moved down the field for some short-yardage work before concluding the 'live' looks with some goal-line work.
"We wanted to back our offense up and put them in a situation where we needed to get the ball out of our own end. We would have liked that to go better, but we did some good things in short yardage and did some good things on the goal line," Schweigert said.
Linebacker Will Ratelle was in on a couple of tackles in the first set of plays to keep the offense from a first down. Senior Spencer Cummings also had a tackle for loss during those looks.
The offense fared much better In short-yardage situations. On six plays, the offense was able to manage a first down on four of those. Running backs Cedric Simmons and Jer Garman each provided a pair of first downs with nice rushes. Simmons had runs of seven yards and six yards, respectively, breaking a couple of tackles along the way to net first downs, while Garman also turned a busted play into a nice again for one of his two first downs.
On the goal line, the defense rebounded and only allowed one touchdown on five plays from the one-yard line, then the offense got in four times on seven tries facing a third-and-goal from the 3-yard line.
"Defensively, I was a little disappointed in some execution. We have to get those bugs worked out and that is why we put ourselves in those situations. Those plays on the goal line are pressure situations, so you need to be able to perform when your back is against the wall."
Newcomers Domo Blackmon and Josiah Montague each has pass break-ups during the goal-line work, while sophomore Brian Labat made a nice stop on Garman to keep him out of the end zone.
Sophomores Ryan Bartels and Joe Mollberg each had one touchdown pass during the goal-line session. Bartels found fullback Tyler Coyne on the back-side of the play and also ran one in for a score after collecting a bad snap. Mollberg closed the practice by firing a laser to R.J. McGill for a touchdown on the final play.
"Overall, was pleased with parts of the practice, but there is still a lot of work to do," Schweigert added.
Defense Gets Revenge
The practice started once again with the defensive backs going one-on-one with the wide receivers and tight ends. After falling 5-4 to the offense on Wednesday, the defense responded with a 5-4 victory on Saturday. Freshman cornerback Deion Harris sealed the win by using his 6-foot-3 frame to knock the ball and his long reach allowed him to corral the deflection for an interception.
Following the afternoon practice, SID Ryan Powell asked for two volunteers from the defensive line, offensive line, linebackers, full backs/tight ends and assistant coaches. Those duos then got to select an unsuspecting player from their one-on-one opposition groups to complete the ALS #IceBucketChallenge made by Trevor D and Binky Lee from XL93. See the attached video for evidence. The football players then challenged the UND volleyball team and Tim Hennessy and Scott Swygman from the Tim and Swyg Morning Show on 1440 AM.
Check out UNDFootball on Instagram or follow @UNDFootball on Twitter to see a few pictures from the practices.
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