UND Football

UND Football Excited for Home Opener

UND went 5-0 at home in the regular season in 2016.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota football returns to the Alerus Center Saturday, hosting Missouri State. This will be the first home game of the season for the Fighting Hawks who won five consecutive games at home before falling to Richmond in the FCS playoffs. “Home openers are always exciting,” Head Coach Bubba Schweigert said. “Ever since we’ve gone into that…

UND Football Focusing on Improving Running Game after Week One Loss

The Fighting Hawks rushed for 51 yards against Utah on Thursday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Running the football is expected to be one of the biggest strengths for the University of North Dakota, with two preseason All-American running backs. Brady Oliveira and John Santiago underperformed in the team’s first game against Utah though. As a team, UND rushed for 51 yards in the 37-16 loss. “It was a big learning opportunity…

Fighting Hawks Football Focusing on Self Improvement

UND opens season on Thursday on the Pac-12 Network.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — UND football is less than 48 hours away from its season opener on the road against Utah. The Fighting Hawks are coming off of their first-ever trip to the FCS playoffs and bring back a lot of talent. UND may be ranked number 10 in the FCS, but the Utes come in at number 25 in the…

UND Football: Season Preview

UND headed into 2017 season without Deion Harris.

FARGO, N.D. —University of North Dakota running back Brady Oliveira made bold statements that he and John Santiago are the best running back duo in the country. The pair combined for nearly 2,000 rushing yards in 2016, and they’ll look to continue that as the head into the upcoming season. UND will also need to fill the vacancy at corner…

UND Backfield Ready to Lead Fighting Hawks in 2017

Oliveira, Santiago, and Johannesson to split carries for North Dakota.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — When you think of the best backfields in the FCS, it is hard to not have UND’s in the conversation. Both John Santiago and Brady Oliviera were named to the Big Sky preseason All-Conference team. “We want to run the football,” Head Coach Bubba Schweigert said. That is something that the offensive line knows very well. “We stress…

UND Football Excited as Fall Practice Begins

Keaton Studsrud: "There was a lot of energy today... We just gotta keep up the energy."

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The fighting hawks enjoyed the cool weather on the first day of football practice as they work their way to the start of the season four weeks from today. The emphasis, as usual with fall camp, is on getting better and also staying healthy. With each new season, leadership roles change and develop, but North Dakota…

UND RB Oliveira: We’re Best RB Duo in the Country

Fighting Hawks return two stars at running back

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — After winning the Big Sky Conference for the first time in school history, University of North Dakota running back Brady Oliveira is confident the team is only getting better. Oliveira was half of the tandem that rushed for a combined 1,949 yards in 2016. John Santiago is the other piece, and he also returns for the…

UND Football Ready to put Last Season’s Success Behind them

The Fighting Hawks won their first-ever Big Sky Title in 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota is coming off of a fantastic season where a nine-game winning streak lead them to their first-ever Big Sky Championship. The team is still excited about last year’s accomplishment, but they’re ready to move on to this season, where they have yet to prove themselves. “If our guys can draw from…

UND Star Cornerback Deion Harris to Miss 2017 Season

The University says Harris has a lower-leg injury

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — After leading the Big Sky Conference in interceptions in 2016, North Dakota cornerback Deion Harris was poised to have a big senior season. However, the university announced Wednesday that Harris will miss the entire 2017 season with a lower-leg injury. According to the report, he was doing a conditioning workout Wednesday morning when he injured himself….

UND Football Picked to Repeat as Big Sky Champion in Preseason Polls

The Fighting Hawks scored 15 (of 24) first-place votes in the media poll

PARK CITY, Utah (UND Athletics) – A year after sharing its first Big Sky Conference title, the North Dakota football team was picked to repeat as the league champions in both the media and coaches’ polls released Tuesday by league officials. Entering its sixth and final season as a league member, this marks the first time the Fighting Hawks garnered the top…