This and That
Today's practice was the first of 28 the North Dakota football team will partcipate in leading up to its season opener at San Jose State on Aug. 28. It could not have been a nicer morning at Memorial Stadium with sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 80s.
The team worked out in helmets and shorts and will do that again on Sunday (8:30 a.m. start) before moving to half-padded practices on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The first full-padded practice is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Ninety players participated in the opening practice. The team should get closer to its full allotment of 95 players as the practices move along.
Two new walk-ons were invited to fall camp and participated in today's session. Those two players are defensive backs Aaron Rogers and Garrett Bolant. Rogers is from Los Angeles, Calif., and played the last two seasons Santa Monica College, while Bolant is a true freshman from Lodi, Wis.
2014 Fall Camp Roster
The only 11-on-11 drills during the session were in the closing 10 minutes when the squad worked on two-minute situations. The drills were run at only pin-the-hip tempo, but both sophomore quarterbacks were efficient.
Joe Mollberg took the first series and completed his first seven passes with five of those going to redshirt freshman Aeron Carr. His eighth attempt sailed on him and redshirt freshman Cole Reyes was in the right spot to make a diving interception.
Ryan Bartels went 8-for-8 during his series, alternation completions to redshirt freshmen Kyle Ruhe (TE) and Stetson Carr (WR). Ruhe's first catch was an impressive one that he snagged after freshman Josiah Montague nearly picked off by jumping the route. Carr concluded the practice by hauling in a short touchdown pass from Bartels.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert is coaching the cornerbacks and after having only three healthy bodies at that position during spring, he had to be pleased to be working with eight players at that position during the fall-camp opener. Six of those eight cornerbacks are new to the team and three are transfers. The hold overs from spring practice working at the position today were junior Chris Brown and sophomore Maverick Edmunds.
Cornerbacks in camp
6 Josh Seibel (RFr., 5-11, 170)
13 Domo Blackmon (Jr., 6-0, 190)
17 Charles Flowers (So., 5-11, 180)
18 Chris Carter (Fr., 5-10, 190)
19 Deion Harris (Fr., 6-3, 180)
20 Alex Tillman (Sr., 5-10, 190)
21 Chris Brown (Jr., 5-8, 165)
24 Maverick Edmunds (So., 5-10, 175)
34 Garrett Bolant (Fr., 5-11, 175)
Post-Practice Thoughts from Head Coach Bubba Schweigert
"This is a big day for our team. This day is the most important day based on how we start. And, the kind of enthusiasm and what kind of energy we have out here on day one is important.
"We get through this day, then day two becomes the most important day. We are really trying not give this 'day by day' lip service. We want it to be real.
"I thought the guys were excited to be out here. Obviously, they have worked long and hard to get to this point. We have a big challenge here with a lot of new guys. A third of our guys are new, so working them into the mix, getting them comfortable with the practice routine is a big challenge for us. I thought they hung in there pretty well and I thought the vets did a nice job of pulling them along in the right direction.
"I thought we were good in between drills. I thought there was good energy. We just have to keep it up. The first day is easy, everybody is excited the first day, now we just have to move on to day two and see if we have the same type of energy."
Check out UNDFootball on Instagram or follow @UNDFootball on Twitter to see a few pictures from the practices.
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