The Hawks are officially back on their ‘normal’ schedule after the unique spring season concluded a few weeks ago.
The team is back to work and the strength staff has predictably tweaked the summer workout regimen due to the past year being so different.
The emphasis this summer will begin with more weight room time and less conditioning. The wear and tear of the spring season needs to be rectified. As they move into July the workouts will continue to evolve with more position-specific conditioning, which will then lead them right into fall camp.
It was obvious to all that UND was as good or better conditioned than many of the teams they played this spring and that will obviously be the goal again heading into August. To handle it correctly this summer will reduce the risk of injury in fall camp as there will only be 2.5 months of downtime since their last game.
There has been any confirmation from UND as of yet but I have heard that All-American senior center Nate Nguon will not be back next fall. Nguon has graduated and will be moving on with his post college career. That opens the door for freshman Peyton Lotysz to take over the starting center role.
This means the Hawks have all three of their interior OL spots to fill. But don’t fret folks, the young guys are talented and the staff is high on them. Lotysz, Easton Kilty, & Andrew Fenton will all be in the mix to take over those spots.
Incoming freshman QB Trey Feeney hurt his hand (yes his left hand) during the final week of basketball and has been limited throughout spring. I ran into his Dad, Kevin, the other day and he said Trey should be good to go very soon and will be up at UND with the rest of the incoming freshman on July 5.
The Hawks continue to be searching for safety help via the transfer portal. The loss of senior Jordan Canady to injury has made it a priority to bring in a veteran presence that can contribute immediately.
Camp season is upon us! Next Thursday the Hawks host their first “Flagship Camp” for individual campers to come show their talents in hope of garnering an offer. UND will be hosting three this year instead of the usual two due to the inability to get prospects on campus during the 2020/2021 covid recruiting shutdown.
The NCAA lifted those restrictions on June 1st so schools are scrambling to get prospects on campus during June and July.
Cover photo courtesy of UND Athletics.