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Head coach Bubba Schweigert told his team he saw good things out of them in the first "live" action of the spring after Friday's 60-play scrimmage.
Fighting Hawks get first "live" action of spring
Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Release: 03/30/2018
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Head coach Bubba Schweigert and the North Dakota football staff got their first live look at the 2018 edition of the Fighting Hawks on Friday. The team concluded its ninth practice of the spring session with the team's first scrimmage taking up most of the 90-minute workout. In total, the Fighting Hawks ran roughly 60 plays with a majority of the work being given to younger plays as Schweigert wants to utilize the spring to develop as much depth as possible.

"There was really good effort out here. That's what we are looking for," Schweigert said. "Obviously, we have some things execution-wise to do on both sides of the ball, but we forced some turnovers, so we're happy that we're doing that on defense. (However), you also have to take care of the ball on offense. That is always our number one concern, taking care of the football, so we really need to focus on that.

"We got a chance to get out here live though and see how our guys are going to react when there are positive plays and maybe some plays that are not as positive and then we move forward and evaluate from there."

All three quarterbacks on the current roster were given multiple drives to showcase their skills at the HPC. Junior Andrew Zimmerman took the first snaps of the "live" session and after throwing an interception to newcomer Lenny Nelson to stall his first drive, the back-up from last season orchestrated the lone scoring drive of the session on his next opportunity. He finished the drive 3-for-3 for 50 yards and capped it with a one-yard scoring plunge.

He threw a nice seam route for 19 yards to classmate Luke Fielder, then redshirt freshman Cam McKinney took a screen pass 24 yards to the five-yard line to set up the score. McKinney finished the day with a team-best 49 yards receiving on three catches.

"It is really important that we get young guys reps. We need to develop depth on our football team," Schweigert added. "We saw some young guys make some plays and we saw some young guys get the opportunity to make some plays that may have missed that opportunity. Next time they get out here, they have to make that play and that's what we are evaluating at all times."

After the touchdown, junior Nate Ketteringham and redshirt freshman Brock Boltmann got a majority of the work behind center. Ketteringham finished 4-for-9 for 43 yards and also threw an interception, while Boltman went 3-for-9 for 13 yards and tried to elude lots of pressure that the defense was throwing at him.

UND's ground attack showed some flashes with John Santiago, Brady Oliveira, James Johannesson and Teddy Sherva combine for 98 yards on 17 carries. Santiago had three carries for 17 yards, while Oliveira added five for 26, Johannesson had 4 for 12 and Sherva led the way with five carries for 43 yards.

Redshirt Mikey Griebel shared the team lead in receptions with McKinney, gaining 22 yards on his three grabs.

Junior Mason Bennett collected a pair of sacks during the scrimmage that saw the quarterbacks wear red jerseys and avoid being tackled to the ground.  Senior Tank Harris was also active up front, collecting a half-sack and a tackle for loss.

Johnson had a team-high five tackles to go with his interception. Redshirt freshman Bryden Swenson also added two tackles, including one for a loss.

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