Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS—Under University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert and defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt, the Fighting Hawks quickly developed a run-stopping reputation in this coaching staff's five-year tenure. In 2016, UND gave up less than 92 yards rushing per game, which was best in the Big Sky Conference and No. 6 in the nation.
GRAND FORKS—Warren Taylor stood on the Memorial Stadium artificial turf Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, holding his University of North Dakota football shoulder pads and helmet under his arm. It's the first football uniform he's ever had. The only pads he's ever put on were borrowed from a friend who played NCAA Division III football.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota football team made it to Media Day on Monday, Aug. 6, mostly healthy. That shouldn't be a noteworthy accomplishment as the annual event at the Alerus Center takes place in early August. But after the way the 2017 season unfolded, staying healthy through Media Day is a significant achievement. The Fighting Hawks are hoping a healthier roster, as well as some notable additions through recruiting, will allow UND to return to the status of playoff contender.
GRAND FORKS—During Bubba Schweigert's first four seasons as head coach at the University of North Dakota, his staff spent fall camp determining which rookies would have their redshirt pulled and play immediately. In this fifth season, however, it's a different strategy at Memorial Stadium. The all-or-nothing approach to redshirt status is no more. The NCAA adopted a new rule this offseason that allows players to play in as many as four games while still being able to use a redshirt season.
GRAND FORKS — As the University of North Dakota football team works through the first week of fall camp at Memorial Stadium, a three-man quarterback race remains unsettled. The team's quarterback depth chart in the media guide reflects as much. It reads Andrew Zimmerman OR Nate Ketteringham OR Brock Boltmann. Who will start Week 1 on Aug. 30 against Mississippi Valley State is anybody's guess.
GRAND FORKS—During the 2017 college football season, the Miami Hurricanes started a phenomenon called the Turnover Chain, where defensive players would wear a gold necklace with the school's 'U' logo after picking off a pass or recovering a fumble. On the University of North Dakota football team's first day of fall practice Thursday morning, Aug. 2, at Memorial Stadium, the Fighting Hawks debuted their yet-to-be-named version of the Turnover Chain. The Turnover Dunk, perhaps?
GRAND FORKS—On his way to Latvia on Tuesday afternoon, July 31, University of North Dakota men's basketball coach Brian Jones marveled about technology such as Skype and Viber that aid in long-distance communication. "It's amazing how small the world is now with these phones," said Jones, who has added three European recruits this offseason. "I'm so impressed with their English. The good thing is that basketball is basketball—it's the same language."
GRAND FORKS — During the University of North Dakota's six-year run in the Big Sky Conference, local basketball fans were able to develop a routine. Games were played almost exclusively with travel partners on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Summit League released the conference schedule Thursday and UND fans are going to have to adjust to a hodgepodge setup during Year 1 of the new league. In addition, unlike the setup in the Big Sky, UND's men's and women's teams will play seven doubleheaders, including two at home.
GRAND FORKS—For the first time in two years, the University of North Dakota football team received a verbal commitment from a scholarship high school quarterback. Cedric Case, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback out of Lincoln, Neb., gave his word to the Fighting Hawks on Monday, July 23. "It all happened pretty quick," Case said. Case, who the Omaha World-Herald ranks as the No. 10 overall player in the state and top-ranked quarterback, said he had been in touch with UND cornerbacks coach Travis Stepps for about a year.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's basketball program has started to test the international waters by announcing on Thursday, July 19, the addition of two foreign players to the roster for the 2018-19 season, including the son of a former NBA player. UND has added Davids Atelbauers and Filip Rebraca, resulting in three European additions during this off season. They join France's Marko Coudreau who signed in May.