Grand Forks, N.D. - The North Dakota football team was back in shorts and helmets for what would its final practice leading up to Saturday's Spring Game at the Alerus Center. The team is required to have three non-padded practices out of the 15 each Division I team is allotted to conduct during the spring semester.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert still viewed the nearly two-hour workout as an important one. "Today was a good day to get a lot of teaching done and make sure guys know where they are supposed to be in our offense and defense," he said. "We got a lot done in that regard, did some extra work on special teams and spent the final two periods working on the two-minute drill."
The final spring position preview is of the quarterbacks and those four players have arguably had the most to soak in over the last month that the team has been able to get on the field. Offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph, who is also the signal callers' position coach, has been pleased with the progress from his quartet, but sees the battle for the starting spot going into fall camp.
Check out the video for further comments on UND's quarterbacks from Coach Rudolph and also hear from redshirt freshman Kurt Palandech and sophomore Jake Hanson on how spring practices have gone for the signal callers.
Here is a look at the four quarterbacks currently competing in spring drills:
6 Ryan Bartels (So., 6-3, 218)
11 Kurt Palandech (RFr., 6-2, 180)
13 Jake Hanson (So., 6-0, 206)
14 Joe Mollberg (So., 6-4, 232)
- Head coach Bubba Schweigert spoke at the UND Fan Luncheon earlier today at the Alerus Center and said fans can expect to see 50-60 live plays. All four quarterbacks will get some reps during the situational scrimmage that will include red zone work, goal-line work and a two-minute drill session.
- The offense will wear white jerseys, while the defense will wear green jerseys during the scrimmage that is set to begin at 1 p.m.
- There will be no scoring at the scrimmage, but Schweigert did say it will be competitive as players are still vying for playing time and looking to make lasting impressions going into summer workouts.
- Even though there is not a placekicker on the roster this spring, punter Mitch Meindel will kick extra-points and field goals if those situations arise during the practice.
- Offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph and running backs coach Kevin Maurice spent the practice calling plays from upstairs in the coaches' booth. Offensive line coach Luke Knauf was wearing a headset on the sidelines communicating with those two.
- The practice closed with senior safety Baylee Carr picking up yet another interception as he corralled a pass from Joe Mollberg in the back of the endzone on the final play of the offense's two-minute drill.
- A reminder for fans attending the Saturday's Spring Game, tailgating lots open at 8 a.m. and there is a free kids clinic that starts at 11:30 a.m.