Former North Dakota quarterback Danny Freund is back for his third season on his alma mater's coaching staff and will work with the position he played for the first time in 2013. Freund will be in charge of the signal callers after two successful seasons working with the UND running backs.
In 2012, senior Mitch Sutton was one of the top touchdown producers at running back in the Big Sky. His 11 touchdowns ranked fourth among league running backs. Sutton (467) shared the work load with sophomore Jake Miller (543) and the two combined to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
In 2011, sophomore Jake Miller earned All-Great West Conference first team honors and became the first player in league history to earn three consecutive GWC Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Miller finished the campaign with 942 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, which both ranked second among GWC backs.
Freund's rushers averaged nearly 150 yards per game on the ground, accounting for more than 1,500 yards. Miller and junior Mitch Sutton combined for five 100-yard rushing efforts and the ground attack churned out a season-high six rushing scores vs. Black Hills State.
Miller burst onto the scene at FBS foe Fresno State when he rushed for 145 yards and three scores, including a 70-yard touchdown run. He added a season-high 32 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns in a GWC road win at Southern Utah.
As a player, Freund went 16-6 as a two-year starter for the Fighting Sioux, finishing his career as the program’s most accurate passer. His 68.9 career completion percentage still tops the charts and he also owns the top single-season completion mark of 71.9 that he set as a senior in 2008. He threw for 5,239 yards and 47 touchdowns, which both rank third on the all-time career lists at UND.
Freund returned to Grand Forks after spending the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Carthage College in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. At Carthage, Freund coached Red Men quarterback Evan Jones, who earned first team all-conference and CCIW Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2010.
In his first year out of college, Freund returned to his high school alma mater and served as the quarterbacks coach on his father’s staff at Kenosha St. Joseph.
As a prep athlete playing for his father, Bob, Freund earned Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches’ Association first team all-state honors as a senior and holds the state’s single season record for touchdown passes (40).
Freund earned a banking and financial economics degree from UND in 2008 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership. He was a two-time All-Academic honoree (2007, NCC; and 2008, Great West) during his college days and was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society as a senior.