GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota football team completed what will be its only back-to-back practice sessions of spring drills. The Fighting Hawks opened up their 15 allotted practices on Friday at the High Performance Center with a 90-minute session and backed that up with a similar structure on Saturday morning.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert said following the session that if his team brings that same level of energy to practice every day, then they are going to continue to get better.
"I liked our energy," Schweigert said. "That's the type (of energy) that we are looking for every day. We still need to improve our fundamentals, especially in the two-minute dril. Both sides of the ball need to stay focused during those drills because we are always evaluating. Those are critical times in games and we want our guys to be ready to make plays when those situations arise."
The Ben Bolinske-to-Luke Stanley connection struck again early in the team drills. Stanley went up for a 50-50 ball and came down with the reception and took it the house from nearly 70 yards out ... Senior Chuck Flowers nearly made an acrobatic interception in team drills, but could not come down with the pick after he hit the ground ... Winter condition has paid its dividends as several players look faster and much more fluid on the field this spring ... There were several fans enjoying the Saturday morning session as the landing in the HPC had a nice contingent of onlookers.
Here’s a look at the four newcomers to the program this spring:
The Grand Forks Herald was on hand again and reporter Tom Miller chatted with offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph and newcomer Cam McKinney on the increased depth the wide receiver position has seen recently ... The UNDSports.com staff caught up with junior Luke Stanley and senior Cole Reyes to see how the first couple of practices have gone for the Fighting Hawks.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert encouraged his players and staff to spend their afternoon at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center where the men's basketball program will go for a Big Sky regular season title against Portland State at 3:05 p.m. CT.