At the end of last week, we learned that UND has landed Sacramento State transfer quarterback Nate Ketteringham.
If you want to see what UND is getting with Ketteringham, here’s a great video that gives you an idea of frame, athleticism, arm strength, etc.
1. Ketteringham was a freshman phenom. At Sacramento State in 2015, Ketteringham might have been the No. 3 option at quarterback to start the season but he generated a ton of buzz with the way he finished. Ketteringham had his redshirt pulled after sophomore Daniel Kniffin and backup Kolney Cassel were injured. During the final four weeks of 2015, Ketteringham averaged 314 yards per game.
2. Changes at Sac State put move in motion. Not only did Sacramento State struggle during both of Ketteringham’s two seasons, the Hornets were shuffling some offensive staff. Sac State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Paul Peterson, was not retained with the Hornets after the 2016 season. According to Skyline Sports, Peterson was a big player in Ketteringham’s recruitment. With a new OC in place, the Hornets brought in UNLV dropdown quarterback Kevin Thomson and Modesto Junior College transfer Wyatt Clapper.
3. Ketteringham had a bad day against UND in 2016. His offensive line didn’t give him much of a chance when UND visited Sac State last fall, but Ketteringham finished 15-for-34 for 177 yards, one pick and one score. Evan Holm intercepted Ketteringham and Donnell Rodgers, Nick Schmitz and Noah Johnson picked up sacks on the new Fighting Hawk. UND led 27-0 at halftime and beat the Hornets 40-7.
4. Ketteringham provides great insurance policy. About a year ago, it was clear UND needed to address the quarterback gap between senior-to-be Keaton Studsrud and 2017 prospect Brock Boltmann. The Fighting Hawks took one stop in that direction by snagging Andrew Zimmerman, a former Eastern Washington commit and a Fresno City College transfer. Zimmerman was with UND in spring ball and it was tough to assess his game too much as he was receiving information overload. The addition of Ketteringham now means UND isn’t putting all the eggs in Zimmerman’s basket.
5. Ketteringham will have a climate adjustment. The new QB is a San Diego native. He was a three-star recruit out of high school. His dad, Kevin, has worked at the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper for about 30 years, and his sister played softball at Humboldt State in California.