This and That
For the first time during fall camp, the UND football team practiced in full pads on Wednesday morning at Memorial Stadium. The addition of the full-assortment of pads brought an increase in contact to the 21-period session.
There were no "live" 11-on-11 drills, but there were some full-fledged tackling drills during individual periods. The linebackers worked with the running backs and tight ends, while the defensive backs and wide receivers squared off.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert said following the first full-padded practice that it was an "up-and-down day", but was pleased for the most part with the progress being made through the first five practices.
"I like the effort and energy from our guys. We don't practice real long, but we don't waste much time out here either," Schweigert said. "If we're looking for an area of improvement, it's that we have to be more consistent. We were really up and down today. We would be really good on offense, then go down (a bit). Same thing on defense. We'd be real good, then go down. We have to work on our consistency. That is the number one concern right now."
First Two-a-day Practice set for Thursday
A day after putting on full pads for the first time, the UND football team will experience yet another first of fall camp as the initial two-a-day practice is set for Thursday. Coach Schweigert said the morning session will be trimmed down just a bit from the what the team has gone through during the first five days.
"We'll go full gear in the morning and half (pads) in the afternoon," he added. "There will be a lot more individual drills and working on technique in the afternoon and do most of our group stuff in the morning."
Thoughts from Offensive Coordinator Paul Rudolph on the first full-padded practice
"We lacked a little consistency, but I saw some really good effort and some positive things. There's just a few things that are happening a little too fast for some of the guys that tend to make things appear a little uglier than we want them to look, but overall, there are some real good things. We just need to find more consistency.
"I think the new guys are learning at different levels. I think we have some that are really learning fast and for some, it's happening a little too fast and I think that is where the whole inconsistency thing stems from."
Thoughts from Defensive Coordinator Eric Schmidt on the first full-padded practice
"I think we are making progress every day. It is baby steps at times, but I do think guys are becoming more consistent. We are learning how to practice. Guys are becoming more comfortable with our schemes and I think anytime we can get more reps, that is how you build confidence. We have most of our defense installed now, so we can just keep getting them reps and reps and reps to get comfortable with it. We do have a lot of new guys, so the more reps we can get those guys the better off they will be.
"The new guys have been good. We have a lot of guys eager to learn, which has been good. I've been happy, especially with our new guys. They have adapted and done a good of buying into what we are teaching them. We need to take another step and keep progressing before Saturday, which will be our first time to go live."
Air It Out
The quarterbacks tried to air the ball out during the first team drills midway through Wednesday's practice.
Junior cornerback Chris Brown had inside position on redshirt freshman Aeron Carr on the first deep ball thrown by sophomore Joe Mollberg and was able to come down with an interception. Mollberg's next attempt was batted away by sophomore Maverick Edmunds, who came back to the ball away.
Sophomore Ryan Bartels over threw Luke Stanley on his only deep ball attempt of the session, while sophomore Jake Hanson connected with Casey Young on a deep crossing route that took a little while to develop.
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