UND Spring Football Update

After some un-seasonal winter weather dropped down in late March, the UND football team was finally able to start practice on April 5th and have now completed six practices.  We are waiting for the first scrimmage to try and report what we have seen and heard.  UNDSports.com and the Grand Forks Herald have both been providing second-to-none coverage of spring ball so we felt no need to recap what they already provided.

UND has named former Sioux WR Luke Schleusner the team’s new Offensive Coordinator.  Schleusner had been the TE and WR coach prior to this promotion.  We have a feeling that Luke will do very well in this new role.  From all we have heard and seen from him he appears to be a real “student of the game” and has a passion for coaching offensive football.  He will undoubtedly take his lumps early as he adjusts to the play-calling role in the offense but we have faith he will adjust sooner than later.  Facing SDSU, Montana, and Montana State all in a row will make any young OC grow up in a hurry.

UND also made a couple other official hires/coach position changes.  Kyle Myers was named the defensive line coach, effectively taking over the position group that former DC Mike Mannausau coached.  Myers initially joined the staff in 2009 as a volunteer defensive line assistant, then left to go be the DC at Northland Community College for the 2011 season, but came back to UND last season.   Also, former UND safety Joel Schwenzfeier has come back to the UND program as the team’s RB coach.

The UND Football Spring Football Kids Clinic will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, April 20th, prior to the annual Spring Football Game.

With Scrimmage #1 coming tomorrow (Sunday-14th) at noon, we will have a post-scrimmage writeup on Monday.  Our hope is things start to shake themselves out now as spring has progressed, which will allow us to prognosticate on any position battles that are going on.


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  1. Teeder11

    Thoughts from today’s practice (#6):

    Bartles looked the sharpest at QB, but not by much. Mollberg is still very solid and connected nicely on at least one long one where he and Hardin made the DBs look foolish. Jake H. has come a long way.

    Golloday is now officially a man among boys. I predict this will be his true break out year.

    Konowalski (sp.) really looks good at DB. All of the secondary looks bigger and faster, on average; however, (I never played in the secondary, but) technique seems to be where they all need a lot of improvement.

    Jake Miller looked sharp at RB, but the guy that really impressed me today was Kodee Varner, with his combo of size and quickness. Sparks and Jer were in civilian clothes and DNP.

    Finally, the TEs lumbered a long all practice but I think they hauled in every pass that was within their reach by my measure. They’re not burners, by any means, but they’ve got soft hands.

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