This and That
Head coach Bubba Schweigert was pleased overall with his team's first two-a-day practice, but also admitted to having a tired squad as the team finished up late in the afternoon. "Right now, we're a tired football team. We've worked them pretty hard, so we'll try to get their legs back a little bit and have a good practice tomorrow and have another good day on Saturday."
Pleased With The New Guys
There are more than 30 new players on the UND football roster from what was here in the spring and so far Coach Schweigert is pleased with what he has seen from that bunch.
"I think our new guys are progressing as well as we could have expected," he said. "I'm real happy with that. That's the challenge -- to give them the best shot and opportunity to learn our stuff.
"So, when it comes down to those live situations and we're doing the real evaluation, they get a chance to show what they can do."
The first live sessions for fall camp are tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning's practice at Memorial Stadium, which gets underway around 8:30 a.m.
A Veteran's Impression On The First Week
Senior R.J. McGill is healthy, happy and driven and all three of those characteristics have shown in the first seven practices of fall camp. Ironically, he will don the No. 7 this season, a change from the No. 5 he wore during his first four years in the program. He made the change simply because that is the number he always wanted to wear, but this was the first time it was open and being a senior he had the opportunity to make the change.
McGill, who is having a nice start to camp and has made several tough catches throughout the opening week, stopped by to chat after Thursday's second practice session and is liking what he sees so far from his teammates in the Green and White.
"It's been good. This is my first healthy fall camp in over a year, so for me it's been real good. As a team, there are so many new faces, it is kind of exciting even though we are only through seven practices," he said. "It is exciting to see all the new faces and the athleticism we have now on both sides of the ball. We still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but it is exciting."
As for the progress of his position unit, he is th elder statesmen and after sitting out last season with an injury, the departure of more than 90 percent of the team's receptions by either graduation or transfer and the transition to a new coaching staff, he feels like seven practices is not enough to make a fair assessment quite yet.
"It's hard to tell right now. It really is. The defensive backs have not been allowed to press us yet, so I'm not sure who can get off the ball. That's a key thing in the Big Sky because a lot of teams use press coverage to try and test you.
"As we go, we'll be able to see who can get off the press coverage, who can block, who can break tackles after they catch the ball," he added.
One thing he does like so far is the method to which this new coaching staff is going about fall camp.
"The coaches have put a lot of the playbook in early, so we are not constantly adding stuff as we head into week one, so I really like our schedule and the way we are going about things with this new coaching staff," McGill said. "I feel like from when I first got here, this offense is a lot easier to pick up, so I think the veterans and the new guys have done a nice job of learning it."
Offense Efficient In Skelly Drills
When the ball moved inside the 10-yard line and the offense was put in third-and-goal situations during morning skelly drills, the unit shined.
On six plays, the offense found the end zone five times all through the air with sophomore Joe Mollberg and Jake Hanson both throwing a pair of touchdowns. Classmate Ryan Bartels also found McGill on a nicely thrown corner route.
Redshirt safety Cole Reyes made the only stop for the defense, batting a ball away from McGill at the goal line.
Marcus Jenkins-Moore Arrives
Kansas transfer Marcus Jenkins-Moore was at Memorial Stadium for both of Thursday's practices, but was only a bystander as he is still waiting to get cleared to practice. Jenkins-Moore will wear No. 3 when he does put on a UND jersey for the first and will likely get his first reps at inside linebacker.
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