Each day of fall camp, the staff at UNDSports.com will put together a daily report and feature a student-athlete in its #BrickByBrick countdown. Stay tuned to the official website, Instagram (UNDFootball) and Twitter (@UNDFootball) for all the up-to-date information leading up to the season opener vs. Valparaiso on Aug. 29.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 26 Days
2013 Media Day Booklet (contains roster, depth chart, bios, 2012 stats)
It was another unseasonably cool day at Memorial Stadium as the UND football team went through its second 18-period practice of fall camp. Head coach Chris Mussman was pleased again with what he saw from his squad, commending the defense for flying to the football and bringing consistent energy to the session. Mussman also encouraged the newcomers, who might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, that mistakes at this point in fall camp are natural and the more repititions they get, the more they will learn in order to erase those miscues.
- The amount of up-downs the defense had to do shrunk drastically and, in turn, the players did a better a job of finishing plays and running to the football. The message the defensive coaches are trying to get through to the players is working as the "loafs" were far less frequent from that side of the ball.
- Defensive back Rumeal Harris had the lone interception of the practice during skelly work off a pass by Jake Hanson. Harris did a nice job of cutting in front of the intended wide receiver and securing the catch.
- Hanson would make amends for that miscue by connecting with sophomore Romon Bridges on the best passing play of the practice in the final team drills. Bridges got behind the defense and hauled in the tightly-thrown spiral from Hanson.
- Dr. Kelley (UND's president) and Brian Faison (UND's director of athletics) both watched most of the practice from the Memorial Stadium grandstands.
What's on tap for Monday
The third-straight morning practice will be followed by the team's annual Media Day event at the Alerus Center. A dozen players will join the coaching staff, support staff and media members for a luncheon at the home of UND football. Afterwards, the players will return to Memorial Stadium and have their head shots taken for the media guide, gameday program and other various uses. Team time and meetings will wrap up the day following dinner.
Student-Athlete Spotlight: No. 34 Cordero Finley
Senior linebacker Cordero Finley has one mission for himself and his defensive teammates during fall camp. That is to become smarter football players. New defensive coordinator Josh Kotelnicki is trying his best to make sure that happens.
"Everything Coach Kotelnicki is doing is making us smarter football players," Finley said. "I came here as a decent athlete, but the coaches are making me a good football player. They want to take my potential and maximize it."
Finley got his first taste as a starter last season and saw his production nearly double in terms of total tackes. He had 19 combined in his first two seasons, but made 40 a year ago in his role as an outside linebacker in UND's 3-4 scheme.
"I learned a lot last year in my first year as a starter," Finley added. "The Big Sky is a lot different than the Great West. The guys are bigger and faster. It is a whole different game. I spent the entire offseason with that in mind, so I can come out this year and produce more and have my best season."
And, Finley says that starts with becoming smarter players and the Kenosha, Wis., native is pleased with what he has seen so far early in camp.
"A football player that knows what he is doing is way better than a confused football player on the field," Finley said. "We have a lot more guys who know their spots and where they should be this year and it's showing up in practice."
This will be Finley's last season for the Green and White and he embraces his role as a leader on the defense. "As a senior, I want to be more vocal, but I also want to lead by example," he said. "I want to hustle every play and be relentless to show the young guys what it takes to be able to play here."
Fall Camp Schedule
|Date||Times (Practice #)|
|Sat., Aug. 3||9:15 a.m. (1)|
|Sun, Aug. 4||9:15 a.m. (2)|
|Mon., Aug. 5||9:15 a.m. (3)|
|Tues., Aug. 6||9:15 a.m. (4)|
|Wed., Aug. 7||9:15 a.m. (5)|
|Thur., Aug. 8||9:15 a.m. (6)|
|3:15 p.m. (7)|
|Fri., Aug. 9||9:15 a.m. (8)|
|Sat., Aug. 10||9:15 a.m. (9)|
|3:15 p.m. (10)|
|Mon., Aug. 12||9:15 a.m. (11)|
|Tues., Aug. 13||9:15 a.m. (12)|
|3:15 p.m. (13)|
|Wed., Aug. 14||9:15 a.m. (14)|
|Thurs. Aug. 15||9:15 a.m. (15)|
|3:15 p.m. (16)|
|Fri., Aug. 16||9:15 a.m. (17)|
|Sat., Aug. 17||9:15 a.m. (18)|
|3:15 p.m. (19)|
|Mon., Aug. 19||9:15 a.m. (20)|
|Tues., Aug. 20||9:15 a.m. (21)|
|3:15 p.m. (22)|
|Wed., Aug. 21||9:15 a.m. (23)|
|Thur., Aug. 22||9:15 a.m. (24)*|
|Fri., Aug. 23||9:15 a.m. (25)*|
|Sun., Aug. 25||3:15 p.m. (26)*|
|Mon., Aug. 26||2:30 p.m. (27)*|
|Tues., Aug. 27||3:25 p.m. (28)*|
|Wed., Aug. 28||4 p.m. (29)*|
* All practices will be at Memorial Stadium except Aug. 24-28* (Alerus Center)
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