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: 19 Days
2013 Media Day Booklet (contains roster, depth chart, bios, 2012 stats)
The North Dakota football team went "live" for the first time during fall camp for the final two periods of Saturday's morning practice. There has been lots of energy in the first eight practices, but those final 10 minutes were the most spirited by far.
Head coach Chris Mussman was nearly as excited as the players were to finally get into "real" football mode and see how his team performed in those live situations. They were relegated to short-yardage situations and as expected, there was a lot of give-and-take from both sides of the ball.
The best example of that was sophomore Kenny Golladay hauling in a fade route from Joe Mollberg that he ended up taking 75 yards for a touchdown. On the next play, there was a mix up on a toss play that saw sophomore linebacker Dayo Idowu scoop up the loose pigskin for the defense.
"I like where we are headed," Mussman said. "Overall, I'm pleased with what I've seen so far and it was fun to get down to some real football."
- Junior Adam Shaugabay excited the offense with a hard-nosed run for a first down on what was a third-and-four. He broke several tackles and delivered a big hit on a defensive back to gain the necessary yardage.
- Golladay also had turned a short pass into a first down by breaking three tackles before finally being pushed out of bounds. In the afternoon practice, Golladay dropped his first pass of fall camp - not a bad run to go nine straight without a drop.
- In the morning live session, sophomore linebacker Will Ratelle drew lots of praise from the defensive sideline for stuffing several inside run attempts, leaving the offense short of the first-down marker.
- WDAZ reporter Dan Corey and Grand Forks Herald reporter Tom Miller were both on hand for the morning session and will have stories from the first live session.
- Offensive coordinator Luke Schleusner thought the defense got the better part of his side of the ball in the morning workout, but the roles were reversed in the afternoon.
- Both coordinators sat down with football SID Ryan Powell to provide their synopsis of the first 10 practices. You can find those videos later this evening on UND Insider.
What's on tap for Sunday
The players will get the day off from the practice field, but will still have a few meetings to attend and the day will end with a little leisure at a "Team Movie".
Student-Athlete Spotlight: No. 29 Derrick Goard
Linebacker Derrick Goard had an impact as a reserve linebacker in his first year with the program in 2012, but the Illinois native wants to make an even bigger splash in this his senior season. Goard enters the campaign feeling much better with a year of FCS under his belt and he joined the UNDSports.com staff for a Q&A about several different topics regarding No. 29.
What is the biggest difference for you from year one to year two in the program? The biggest difference for me is knowing the playbook. I wasn't familiar with the playbook, so I was not in the right spots to make plays. My main focus this year is making sure I'm in the right spot and knowing where I'm supposed to be."
What are you goals for your senior season?
"Just keep the intensity going and bring extra energy to the defense. I just want to make plays. As we all know, last year we did not have a great defense, so that's the big thing for me. As for the team, gang tackling has been a big point of emphasis this year. Everyone just flying to the ball."
What made you decide to come to UND after your junior college career?
"It was the coaches. The coaches made me feel like I was special and that was going to be a part of something special here. The history and tradition here is powerful too. It felt like a family with the coaches and the players. Those are the main reasons I decided to come here."
When did you start playing football?
"I got my start playing football at a young age. My Dad introduced me to the game around age seven. Ever since then I've been playing every year. I've always played defense. I switched between linebacker and safety some. I was a safety in high school. I was a lot skinner then, but I've played linebacker most of the time. I've been a defensive guy the whole the time."
What do you like most about playing defense?
"I love hitting and bringing out that thump. I love making that play where everyone gets rowdy. I like being vocal on the defensive side of the ball. I like to be heard. I like making that sound play and being in the right place."
"No superstitions. I listen to my music. I like rap, hip-hop and sometimes I get the country music going."
What do you want to do after football is over?
"I haven't determined that yet. I might join the Air Force. I want to see how this year goes on the field and then see what happens. I'm majoring in criminal justice so that kind of ties in with my Air Force plans."
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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