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Eric Schmidt has just wrapped up his 2nd spring practice with his alma mater, UND

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Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - UND has turned to familiar faces to lead its program, former defensive coordinator Bubba Schweigert, obviously the head coach.

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But, it's one of his former players that will run his defense.

Eric Schmidt just wrapped up his 2nd spring practice with his alma mater.

Schmidt was a captain on the 2001 national title team for UND, back then the defense was dominant, now he's in charge of repairing one of the worst defenses statistically in the Big Sky.

Eric Schmidt: "I think that's the biggest thing is to make sure our guys feel comfortable in our systems, and then just build a culture. To develop some toughness with our guys. Find out who the guys are that we can go to battle with, if we can find guys we know we can trust and that they're gonna play hard all the time. Those are the guys we're looking for and I think that's something right now that we need to improve on and hopefully we can see that as we go on."

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