A pretty strong crowd for a Saturday practice turned out at Memorial Stadium for the team’s first live portion of fall camp.
By design, UND didn’t play many of the proven starters apart from the first 10-15 minutes of red-zone drills that weren’t full contact. Anyone who was a little dinged up sat out, too.
In the live situations, UND played some of its untested players in hopes of pinning down some depth questions.
The biggest play in the live set came from Grand Forks Red River’s Chad Bartosh, a walk-on wideout who has put together a nice fall camp. He hauled in a deep ball for about a 60-70 yard gain.
Brad Heidlebaugh and Zimmerman split a majority of the snaps before a few went to Sacramento State transfer Nate Ketteringham and rookie Brock Boltmann. Neither Heidlebaugh nor Zimmerman really lit it up and questions remain about the No. 2 job behind Studsrud.
True freshman Noah Larson continues to see reps with the No. 1 defense. The staff will need to decide in the next couple of weeks whether the inside linebacker has his redshirt pulled, so they’re trying to get the most information they can out of him early.
Larson and cornerback Hayden Blubaugh are the likely defenders to have a shirt pulled. Safety Ty Shannon made a couple of nice plays in the scrimmage, but he could use a redshirt year to bulk up.
On offense, true freshman Izzy Adeoti continues to catch passes and I see his shirt getting pulled — especially with Cam McKinney sitting out with a cast on his arm.
The only injury I could tell from the live set was to running back James Johannesson, who took a hard hit and appeared to go through concussion protocol. UND has to hope it wasn’t too serious — Johannesson has put together a really nice fall camp after looking a little tentative during spring ball.