Each day of fall camp, the staff at UNDSports.com will put together a daily report and feature a student-athlete in its #BrickByBrick countdown. Stay tuned to the official website, Instagram (UNDFootball) and Twitter (@UNDFootball) for all the up-to-date information leading up to the season opener vs. Valparaiso on Aug. 29.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 27 Days
2013 Media Day Booklet (contains roster, depth chart, bios, 2012 stats)
With introductions and the first team meeting behind them, the 95 players on the roster spent Friday going through the mundane, but necessary tasks of medical physicals and compliance meetings.
Following a team dinner, the team split into position meetings and a special teams meetings before going through a conditioning test at 8 p.m. That will be the last thing on the agenda for the day.
- Redshirt freshman J.J. Robertson has left the program and will not return.
- Senior safety Will Lewis will wear No. 7 this season. He wore No. 27 last season.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Bartels will wear No. 6 after starting the fall in No. 7.
- All 25 newcomers reported on time and will be here for fall camp. Defensive lineman Berto Espinoza is the lone junior-college transfer among the bunch. He comes to UND from Feather River Community College in California.
What's on tap for Saturday
The players will take to the field for practice No. 1 of fall camp at 9:15 a.m. This will be the first of 29 practices leading up to the season opener vs. Valparaiso. The squad will also put in a couple of hours getting educated on the NCAA in the afternoon.
Student-Athlete Spotlight: No. 86 Blair Townsend
Senior Blair Townsend had a breakout game last season in the 40-34 victory over Montana when he nearly doubled his production from the first seven games of the 2012 season. He finished the contes with 13 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown in the thrilling victory over the Griz that saw UND pass for a school-record 660 yards.
Townsend finished the season with a career-high 27 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns and his presence on and off the field has been noticed by his coaches and teammates. Following the campaign, the team named him and Garrison Goodman permanent team captains for the upcoming season. It's an honor not lost on Townsend and he touches on that and several other topics in the following Q&A.
What is your excitement level going into fall camp? I look forward to seeing everyone again after the summer. Not everyone can stay because they live far away and get a chance to go home. This is my senior year and it has not hit me yet that it will be my last one, but it will and I think we're going to make it a good one this fall.
What did you learn from year one in Big Sky that you can take into year? Offensively, you have to put up points. This is a conference where there are not going to be a lot of 7-6 or 7-3, those types of games, so we know what we need to do offensively. Defensively, we just need step up and go head on with them. Not back down from anyone.
You were named a permanent captain at the end of last season - what does that mean to you? I feel really good that my teammates respect me enough and trust me enough along with Garrison to lead them on and off the field. That is something I take pride. I am happy to hold that title, but it will not change anything that I've done or will do. I'm going to lead the team, ask guys to step up when they need to.
What's the one game or one memory that you have from your first four years in the program that you will hold onto? The conference championship in 2011 - my sophomore season - the game against South Dakota. We all pulled together. It was like a big tug-of-war and we all came together to pull in the right direction. I think that was a good slingshot for us going into the Big Sky.
What surprised you the most about the Big Sky? I think there was a big size difference going from the Great West to the Big Sky. After the first couple of games, you kind of felt it in your body. Guys were bigger and stronger, but that's why we work hard in the offseason and stay here during the summer, so we can get to that level.
The schedule sets up nicely for you guys this year with seven home games and especially being home for the first four, what does that mean to you guys? That's big for us because we don't have to go on the road and we get those Friday practices or walk throughs on Saturday morning that are harder to do when you're traveling. So, that gives us more time to prepare and show our fans, our city and this university what we can do this season.
Fall Camp Schedule
|Date||Times (Practice #)|
|Sat., Aug. 3||9:15 a.m. (1)|
|Sun, Aug. 4||9:15 a.m. (2)|
|Mon., Aug. 5||9:15 a.m. (3)|
|Tues., Aug. 6||9:15 a.m. (4)|
|Wed., Aug. 7||9:15 a.m. (5)|
|Thur., Aug. 8||9:15 a.m. (6)|
|3:15 p.m. (7)|
|Fri., Aug. 9||9:15 a.m. (8)|
|Sat., Aug. 10||9:15 a.m. (9)|
|3:15 p.m. (10)|
|Mon., Aug. 12||9:15 a.m. (11)|
|Tues., Aug. 13||9:15 a.m. (12)|
|3:15 p.m. (13)|
|Wed., Aug. 14||9:15 a.m. (14)|
|Thurs. Aug. 15||9:15 a.m. (15)|
|3:15 p.m. (16)|
|Fri., Aug. 16||9:15 a.m. (17)|
|Sat., Aug. 17||9:15 a.m. (18)|
|3:15 p.m. (19)|
|Mon., Aug. 19||9:15 a.m. (20)|
|Tues., Aug. 20||9:15 a.m. (21)|
|3:15 p.m. (22)|
|Wed., Aug. 21||9:15 a.m. (23)|
|Thur., Aug. 22||9:15 a.m. (24)*|
|Fri., Aug. 23||9:15 a.m. (25)*|
|Sun., Aug. 25||3:15 p.m. (26)*|
|Mon., Aug. 26||2:30 p.m. (27)*|
|Tues., Aug. 27||3:25 p.m. (28)*|
|Wed., Aug. 28||4 p.m. (29)*|
* All practices will be at Memorial Stadium except Aug. 24-28* (Alerus Center)
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