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Redshirt freshman Aeron Carr goes up high to snap a pass during Wednesday's practice at Memorial Stadium.
#DayByDay - Spring Football Practice Report No. 3
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Updated: Saturday 04/03/2014 09:01:38 (ET)
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Grand Forks, N.D. - Before the third practice of spring football officially started, head coach Bubba Schweigert made sure his team understood why they were able to get to practice on Wednesday.

The responsible party was a hard-working crew of UND Facilities employees that spent a good portion of their day clearing the Memorial Stadium practice field of all the snow Blizzard Gigi left behind on Monday.

Those crew members were thanked collectively by the team and Schweigert used their hard-working example to implore his players to work just as hard during the 20-period practice and not waste a minute of the time they had on the field.  

"We had a great day and the guys worked hard," Schweigert said. "I'm happy we got the support from the administration and from facilities to do that."

Schweigert's bunch worked out in full pads for the first time and even though there was no "live" contact during the nearly two-hour session, the first-year head coach continues to see his squad make progress.

"I think you always want a little bit more on the first day (in full pads), but what we're trying to do is play hard, stay on your feet and practice the right way," Schweigert added. "I think we did that for the most part."

One area that Schweigert has been impressed by so far is the players willingness to learn the offense and defense. This was one of the positives he addressed with the team following the practice and applauded them for the "want to" they have displayed in both the film room and on the practice field.

"I tell you one thing I really like about our guys is they are working hard at learning our offense and defense. I think they have a general understanding of what we're trying to do here and they are working hard doing that and that's a good sign," he said.

The team will be back in full pads on Friday and Schweigert said he expects the contact to intensify, but does not expect any live situations until he and the coaches feel like this group is ready for that.
- The third practice started and ended with various punt team drills. Running backs coach Kevin Maurice is working with the returners and the five players that saw time hauling in punts by both sophomore Mitch Meindel and a Jugs machine were seniors Jer Garman, Tyrhe Ivery and R.J. McGill along with junor P.J. Sparks and redshirt freshman Aeron Carr.
- Sophomore Brian Labat made a nice interception during 11-on-11 work. Labat is working at outside linebacker this spring. Sophomore Taj Rich has made the move to inside linebacker. He had played mostly outside linebacker during his first two seasons in the program.
- One of the most frequently used words during the first three practices by assistant coaches has been "compete". Schweigert took this to a new level during skelly drills on Wednesday when the coaches were told to keep score. The offense earned points for a first down, while the defense earned points for preventing first downs.
- The team was not able to practice on Monday due to Blizzard Gigi, but the squad will make up that session on Saturday with practice set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

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