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  1. This is a thread talking about former UND players. Please go away unless you are talking about the thread topic.
  2. All in all, a fantastic haul for the football program. People really stepped up... thank you to all who donated, especially the folks who matched the donations.
  3. I follow Dane Brugler, who is the Athletic's draft expert. I think he's done an excellent job in previous drafts. Here's what he has to say about our UND players: Brugler rated Santiago as the 58st best RB in the draft, which places him pretty far outside of the category of "draftable" or "priority free agent." Hopefully someone measures his heart and not his size; if so I think they'll find he could have a shot as a special teams player. Here's a video from KARE 11 in the Cities: https://www.kare11.com/article/sports/minnesota-native-preparing-for-nfl-draft/89-fe8cb4dd-94ec-41e5-8794-0698e78da985 Brady is not listed on Brugler's RB list. I would expect him to make a CFL roster. Coach Agnew has been consistantly posting Brady's pre-draft workout videos, which are all impressive. Interestingly, none of the other players are getting the same social media attention as Olivera. Deion is listed as Dane's 52nd rated DB, which is pretty high on Brugler's list, and puts him two spots away from from being considered a "priority free agent." He's the highest rated of the all of the UND guys. Based on this I would think he's got a decent shot at a FA contract. Tank and Austin are not listed on Brugler's list. It would be great for all them to get a FA contract and have a shot to make a roster. I'm rooting for them!
  4. I've not seen this reported anywhere, but the Englestad Foundation has given the football team funds to pay for summer classes for the players and some other items.
  5. Ozzie82

    2019 Season

    A good overview of spring ball from Tom Miller and Alex Heinert including what's on the horizon for 2019. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/midcosn-podcast-und-football-spring-recap/id1068689015?i=1000435175352
  6. Ozzie82

    2019 Season

    The 360 guys said in their chat that DL transition better to OL rather than the other way around because they are normally better athletes.
  7. Ozzie82

    2019 Season

    OL Wesley Jeffries is also tranferring per Tom Miller. Looks like the coaching staff had a sit down following spring ball with at least a couple of players.
  8. Ozzie82

    Spring Ball

    The first "when it counts" is getting the best players on your team. Cool unis are not what fans think about them on game day, it's about what recruits think about the unis. It's about the Jimmys and Joes. I would hope the spring game is about creating an environment where kids can't wait to play there some day. What I saw on Friday was not that.
  9. Ozzie82

    Spring Ball

    In the recent past they've had combinations of music, an announcer, and fun drills and it does not appear that it led to an increase in the type of player you're talking about.
  10. Ozzie82

    Spring Ball

    Welp, there's been the predictable amount of chatter about the spring game. Very few observations here, very little media (although I expect UND football 360 would have an article at some point, and Midco is supposed to produce a "Day by Day" segment). The football program didn't put much into it, and they aren't getting much out of it. There isn't a lot of buzz following the event. As stated by other posters earlier, there are some programs who are de-emphasizing the spring game, while others still make it an event. By creating a graphic advertising the game, and by inviting recruits, UND has chosen to make it a "thing." To me, it begs the question: what is the purpose of the spring game? For most programs it has 3 purposes. One, it's the 15th - and final - practice of spring. That was accomplished, and we hope it was productive (especially for the offense because of the new system). Two, it's to impress recruits. Since UND invited recruits, clearly they are hoping to make an impression on them. Judging by social media here were a good sized group of recruits there. I was there; I didn't see anything that would have screamed to an potential recruit, "Man, this is really fun! The players are having a great time! I have to be a part of this!" I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary that prioritized recruiting, it was simply an opportunity for recruits to watch practice. No music, no announcer, no fun drills, nothing in the stands to generate excitement. Making recruiting a priority is the backbone of most schools that still do this event and that's not the case here at UND. Three, it's to generate excitement for the upcoming season, to sell tickets, to make a positive brand impression. I think they failed on this point; I don't think the spring game generated any kind of excitement. I said to myself multiple times while I was there, "Why would anyone come to this? Unless you are a parent, a girlfriend, or a huge football fan, there is nothing here that would draw the average fan or family to attend this." Flat out - it was boring. And I LOVE football. In summary, I continue to think that the spring game as a missed opportunity. Every year less and less effort is put into it; at this point they should probably just cancel it. Hell, if you've ever been to a regular practice they have music... they should just make it a regular practice, not advertise it, and be done with it.
  11. Ozzie82

    Spring Ball

    And/or some music. Suuuuuuuuper. Booooooring.
  12. Ozzie82

    Spring Ball

    It’s intentional. It would be an event if the head coach wanted it to be an event.
  13. You've all sold me on Speedway. I'll check it out.
  14. Ozzie82

    2019 Season

    I answered "no way" to this comment, sioux24/7. I stand corrected! At least for now; I have no idea where Boltmann will be once the Drake game kicks off.
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