UND has signed junior college defensive lineman Humberto Espinoza. Espinoza, 6’2″-260, was an All-Region First Team performer for the Feather River CC Golden Eagles (CA). In 2012, he amassed 50 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss. Espinoza appears to have pretty good footwork and quickness for an interior defensive lineman. He will add much needed depth to a defensive line that lost 3 senior starters from last years team. We see him playing one of the defensive end positions and immediately challenging for playing time. Espinoza will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Now that the longest-winter-ever is over, rumors are swirling that the UND Athletics Complex (IPF) will officially begin the demolition phase sometime in the next month. The old REA needs to be completely removed for the IPF to be built so that will be the first order of business. This demolition phase should be completed by August.
UND has apparently added another preferred walk-on to the Class of 2013. Zach Selland, a 6’4″-185lb wide receiver from Horizon Christian High School in Tualatin, Oregon, had 57 catches for 1,095 yds and 20 TD’s for the Hawks in 2012. He also threw 5 TD’s and ran in 3 more. Selland was a 3A First Team All-State WR and also was the First Team All-State Punter. He appears to be a bigger, physical receiver who could be used to run fades and any other “mismatch” route that applies. It is obvious he is a very good athlete.
We have come across a few times/distances for the UND Class of 2013 as they finish up their senior track seasons. Marcus Cheatom of Brother Rice in Chicago had a school record toss of 56′-8″ in the shot put. Cam Kuksa of Palatine ran a 14.72 in the 110 hurdles and went 45’4″ in the triple jump.