Welcome! Fire away with any questions.
Same here. My first day at the Star-Tribune was April 18. You guys have been waiting even longer.
As far as receivers go, I think you'll see a heavy dose of Joseph Parker. He's the only frosh on the two-deep, and I think his experience enrolling early and participating in spring drills is paying off.
You should see Dameko Doddles, James Price and Justice Murphy as well, but I think how many snaps they play will depend on situations to some degree
That's a tough spot to assess because, as you know, only Robert Priester has actually played in a game. The other three starters in the secondary are all redshirt freshmen. Certainly the first two games are well-timed because as a coaching staff, playing a pass-happy team like Washington State right off the bat would be a nightmare.
I think the staff is hopeful that the front four will take some pressure off the back seven.
I think you'll like what you see from the younger Nzeocha. His physicality is something defensive coordinator Steve Stanard has been impressed with, and it's no secret that it runs in the family.
Thanks, ACNH! I've enjoyed my time in Laramie so far.
As for Bailey, I don't know a ton about him. UW's kicking work has been limited during the portion of practice open to media. He was an all-state kicker in Colorado, and from talking to Ethan Wood — both are from Colorado Springs, so he's known Tristan for a few years — he's liked the progression he's seen from Tristan.
That's a great question. This is just a guess, but I think some of it could have to do with giving the attendance a bump. When it didn't get picked up by TV, it was pretty clear that UW didn't plan to stream it.
Let's go 38-21 Pokes. I'm not real confident that UND is good for three touchdowns, but if it is, I imagine a couple come through the air.
Chase, to be clear, Ethan Wood will be handling kickoffs. Bailey will only kick field goals. So yes, hopefully he can kick field goals past the 10-yard line, ha!
I asked Davion about his 40 time earlier during fall camp and he said he hadn't been timed since early high school. My guess is in the 4.4 range. He's fast. But also very thin.
Yes, but UND quarterback Keaton Studsrud was thrust into a starting role in Week 9 as a true freshman. He also led a win over FCS-ranked Northern Arizona, so he's made some progress. With an offseason to improve, I don't think he'll be as inconsistent as you may think.
Keep in mind that while SJSU, Hawaii and New Mexico could've been wins, Air Force and Florida Atlantic (heck, even Montana was a tight ballgame) could've been losses.
This year, I think 5-7 is the most likely, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Pokes went 6-6. Seven wins is probably the ceiling and I think four wins is the ground floor. So much will depend on UW's health. The Cowboys are just so thin is some spots. Last year injuries got out of hand, so we'll see.
You know, I never covered UND during my time in Minot, so I don't know a ton about many of the "no-names." However, I can tell you UND's long snapper, Jacob Holmen (a Minot High grad), comes from a real good family, and one of its backup defensive ends, Austin Cieslak, should have a nice career.