UND Football Adds 5 Transfers
University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert announced the addition of five more mid-year transfers to his roster on Wednesday. The quintet of newcomers includes wide receiver Clive Georges and running back Oscar Nevermann from the Football Bowl Subdivision level, Sawyer Knick and Trent Galkoski from the Division II ranks and Jawon Johnson from the junior college level.
All five players are enrolled in classes and will participate in spring practices, which get underway on Friday, March 27.
Georges arrives at UND from the University of Arizona where he spent his first two collegiate seasons. The Key West, Fla., native redshirted during the 2012 season and started three contests for the Wildcats during the 2013 campaign that ended with a win in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
Georges, who did not play during the 2014 season, was both a football and track and field standout in high school. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound speedster clocked a 10.86 in the 100-meter dash as a prep athlete and had 450 receiving yards and 250 rushing yards as a senior in 2011.
“Clive is going to add serious speed and athleticism to our receiving corps,” Schweigert said. “He had track and field offers on top of football offers coming out of high school, so he is going to provide a deep threat for our offense that will help keep defenses honest.”
Johnson spent the previous two seasons at New Mexico Military Academy after prepping at Orange High School in East Orange, N.J. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder started at strong safety during his sophomore season when re racked up 32 tackles in 10 games. As a freshman, Johnson played in seven games totaling 12 tackles, including two for a loss.
“Jawon is big, physical safety with some range,” Schweigert said. “We feel like he possesses the skill set to execute what we ask a safety to do in our defense. He has ability to play man-to-man, be physical against the run and has excellent ball skills.”
Nevermann, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 215 pounds, joins fellow Sweden native William James on the UND roster.
Nevermann spent his first two seasons at Wyoming where he contributed mainly on special teams for the Cowboys, appearing in 23 of 24 games in his career there. UND will open the 2015 at Wyoming on Sept. 5.
Nevermann switched to linebacker in the spring of 2014 after arriving on Wyoming’s campus as a running back. He will make the move back to offense to begin his UND career.
“We will give Oscar his first shot for us at running back this spring,” Schweigert said. “He is a physical runner that will be given an opportunity to quickly move up the depth chart. We feel like he fits our style of offense as far as being able to carry the football and pass protect and brings some experience at the Division I level as a special teams contributor.”
Schweigert also announced that Knick and Galkoski have joined the team and will add depth to the defensive side of the ball.
Knick (6-2, 220 pounds) spent his first collegiate season at Sioux Falls where he redshirted. The Becker, Minn., native will play inside linebacker at UND.
Galkoski (6-foot, 195 pounds) spent his first two collegiate seasons at Minnesota-Crookston, appearing in 20 games and starting all 11 at free safety last season. The La Mesa, Calif., native was fourth on the team with 74 tackles and also had one interception.