This and That
Sunday's practice was once again held on a sun-drenched Memorial Stadium field and run much like Saturday's opening session of fall camp.
The team worked out in helmets and shorts for the second consecutive day, but will get to don a few more pads at Monday morning's session and count running back Jer Garman among those players that is excited to add some bulk to the practice gear.
"The first day was real nice and just fun to be back out there to get back in the groove of things," Garman said. "Today, the momentum carried over from yesterday and it was another fun practice. Tomorrow we get to throw some pads on, so everybody is pumped up and ready to go."
More Two-minute Work
Much like yesterday, the team closed its practice with some two-minute work. The third and fourth units were in for the bulk of the plays on offense, while the defense worked in all of its units.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert gave the reasoning for getting work in on that so early in fall camp. "What we wanted to do was challenge our guys to see how far along they are in knowing the offense and defense with our base calls," the first-year head coach said. "That is the reason we wanted to do it and with helmets only, you can throw the ball around a lot more. We also thought it would be a good way to get the guys running around and learning to communicate."
The offense ran three series with Jake Hanson, Keaton Studsrud and Ryan Bartels alternating behind center.
On Hanson's possession, he connected with R.J. McGill on a nice strike over the middle that the senior made a great play on in traffic. Tight end Zach Adler also hauled in a pass from Hanson, but sophomore Marcus Cheatom was able to stall the drive by touching up the quarterback on fourth down for what would have been a sack.
Freshman Keaton Studsrud found classmate Luke Fiedler for three catches on his initial drive in 11-on-11 work at UND. Fellow classmate Brandon Walker also made the play of the day, going up high and making a diving catch on fourth down to extend the drive. Walker's catch easily brought the most ooh's and ah's from the first two days of practice.
Studrud's drive stalled as well on fourth down when he threw a little high to Walker on a pass over the middle.
Bartels was sacked by freshman Tank Williams on first down, but managed to get three straight completions before the defense once again held on fourth down. Freshman Luke Stanley showed nice poise after having a third-down pass jarred loose from him, but he was able to secure the reception with a diving effort to gather the pigskin.
Post-Practice Thoughts from Head Coach Bubba Schweigert
"I think we made progress defensively in the two-minute drill. I thought we had better life to us and ran to the football better. Our guys need to know the tempo of the drills at all times and even though we just have helmets on, you can always run to the football.
Offensively, I thought we more aware of running out of bounds and a lot of the little things that you need to do when running the two-minute drill. We still have things to work on. I really liked about the last 20 minutes of practice. I thought we had good life. We have to keep challenging our guys to maintain the focus and energy throughout the entire practice. I thought yesterday we might have lost a little bit of that. Toward the end today, I thought we picked it up and that was good to see."
Monday's Media Day
Be sure to check out UNDSports.com tomorrow afternoon for full coverage of the Football Media Day Luncheon. Head coach Bubba Schweigert and his coaching staff will attend the luncheon along with 10-12 selected players. Area media will converge on the Alerus Center and should provide some great insight onto the expectations for the remainder of fall camp and Coach Schweigert's first season leading the UND football program.
Check out UNDFootball on Instagram or follow @UNDFootball on Twitter to see a few pictures from the practices.