Odds and Ends

  • 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. 
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8 Responses to Odds and Ends

  1. Utah Sioux says:

    Nice to see a defensive lineman signed. Don’t understand bringing in another receiver given the talent and depth compared to the glaring weakness on the defensive side of the ball. As I have stated, my fear is not being able to stop anyone we play.

    • Avatar of oskie oskie says:

      About the WR situation, UND is losing 3 seniors this fall and all three are major contributors (Hardin, McGill, Townsend). Selland will redshirt so it won’t put any strain on the immediate roster and will actually help balance the numbers.

      • Utah Sioux says:

        I get it but it just seems like they have more pressing needs on defense. Maybe another JC or two will come in before fall camp.

        Any update on the new IPF? I hope they get moving because it should help recruiting immensely.

        • Avatar of oskie oskie says:

          Definitely understand what you are saying about defense having more pressing needs. However, when it comes to a walk-on you take what you can get. If you can lock up a 6’3″ receiver who can run, you do it.

          We are 99% sure they will start tearing apart the Old Ralph in the next 2-3 weeks. Then, its as fast as the demo can go before we start seeing new construction.

  2. Guest says:

    Question about the ROOT Sports schedule. No UND games are scheduled to be broadcast in 2013, any chance that will change and they will pick up a UND game?

    • Avatar of oskie oskie says:

      Short answer: NO. UND is not a big enough draw apparently and they have a set amount of games contracted with ROOT. The best bet for national coverage is for Midco to strike a deal with DirecTV and Fox College Sports to get the UND games on one of FCS’s channels. UND had that in the past but it was hit and miss this past year.

  3. UNDColorado says:

    In regards to the web stream being the only option for out of “Midco footprint” UND Football fans to watch the game I have a couple questions:

    1) Will the football games be produced in HD by Midco this year?

    2) If so will the web stream be of a higher quality then we are used to?

    • Avatar of oskie oskie says:

      From everything we understand, the football games will be in HD. We assume that will translate to the webcast or at the very least enhance the webcast so it is watchable, unlike some games in the past.

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