#DayByDay Fall Camp Notebook: No. 8
Head coach Bubba Schweigert and his football team went through as close as a dress rehearsal for a real game as possible at Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.
The Green and White ran upwards of 90 plays with game officials, a chain crew and both coordinators calling plays down from the top of the bleachers at UND's former home.
"We needed to do this. We have something to evaluate now," Schweigert said afterwards. "Defensively, I thought we ran to the ball really well. Tackling is not where we want it quite yet, but I thought it was better than where we were in the spring. Obviously, we are disappointed that we gave up a big play on a third-and-long. We have to eliminate that and get off the field."
The one play Schweigert is referring to was the first touchdown on the day that senior Adam Shaugabay scored on a 59-yard run. Facing a 3rd-and-19, Shaugabay ran outside and cut back up the sideline and outraced the defense to the goal line.
Shaugabay's rushing score was the highlight of the day for the offense and the lone one on the ground, but sophomore Joe Mollberg added two more through the air and finished the day 10-for-14 for 72 yards. His two touchdowns came on series that started inside the defense's territory.
"Offensively, I thought we were good early. We took care of the football ... But, I thought we didn't have the consistency throughout (that we needed)," Schweigert added.
"We rotated some young guys in there. They needed to get in there. My number one concern right now would be ... the depth we are developing. We need to see that gap close between the ones and twos."
Mollberg, who took the first reps of the days among the four signal callers, connected with fullback Dwayne Pecosky on his first scoring strike. Pecosky caught the play-action pass on the far side of the field with his team facing a fourth-and-one.
The second was of the acrobatic variety as redshirt freshman Kyle Ruhe hauled in a 4-yard strike with a diving catch in the back corner of the end zone.
The defense held the offense scoreless in the other two goal-line drills and was also effective in stopping a pair of two-minute drills that concluded the 90-plus play scrimmage.
Shaugabay finished the day with 11 carries for 77 yards. Redshirt freshman Patrick Sharp added 13 carries for 17 yards.
Mollberg and classmate Ryan Bartels both engineered drives with the first-team offense that resulted in missed field goals after the defense initially held them to what would have been three-and-outs.
After taking care of the ball early, the offense also coughed it up late with Baylee Carr, William James and Chris Brown all coming away with interceptions. Redshirt freshman Cole Reyes was also around the ball a lot from his safety position, racking up five tackles, including one for a loss.
Reyes also had a pass break-up as the defense had seven of those in the scrimmage. Linebacker Brian Labat and cornerback Chris Carter each knocked away two passes as well.
The quarterbacks were not live in the scrimmage, but there were double-digit plays whistled dead because defenders had a clear path to the signal caller.
The kicking game was also on display Saturday. Sophomore Mitch Meindel averaged around 42 yards on his four punts and was also 2-for-2 on field goal tries. He connected from 39 yards and 33 yards.
The trio back catching punts, which were not live, included defensive back Alex Tillman and wide receivers Tyrhe Ivery and R.J. McGill.
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First Day of Football Fall Camp 2017
2017 Media Day: Schweigert
Media 7-17-17: Reyes at the Big Sky Kickoff
Reaction to winning the Big Sky President Cup
Post 4-14-17: Heidlebaugh, Johannesson
Post 4-14-17: Schweigert
Post 4-14: Lawrence, Bennett
Spring football 2017: Never satisfied
Spring football 2017: Special teams
Spring football 2017: Tight ends make strides