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UND Football focuses on rushing offense

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At UND football's media day earlier this week, the conversation centered around a fresh start given by the new coaching staff that was brought in, new head coach bubba schweigert is preaching a "day-by-day" approach to his players

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and at least on the offensive side of the ball, the key word is balance. 

UND finished last in the big sky last season in rushing offense, averaging just 70 rushing yards per game, but this year new offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph, the team says they will be a more balanced offense. 

Good news for the running backs, like Warroad, Minnesota's Adam Shaugabee.

Adam Shaugabay, UND senior running back said, "we play a really big role in coach rudolph's new offense he's got installed for us. whether it's running the ball, whether it's out there blocking for receivers. we're going to play a big role and all of us are going to need to contribute for our team to be successful."

Brandon Anderson, UND junior offensive lineman said,  "i'm excited to run the ball again. i know the offensive line we're ready. we're all midwestern guys, we're bigger guys so we want to put the plow to the ground and make some holes."

Ryan Bartels, UND sophomore quarterback said, "it's nice when you can go 50-50 when it's third and four, they don't know what's coming. are we gonna run the ball, or are we gonna throw the ball? that's our goal, to be able to run the ball first then throw. if we can do that then i think we'll be very successful, and it's exciting to think about that."

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Phil Neumann
Phil Neumann is a native of Burnt Hills, NY, a suburb of Albany, and graduated in May from Ithaca College with a degree in journalism. While at Ithaca College, he was a sports anchor, reporter, and play-by-play announcer for the school’s TV station (ICTV) and its award-winning radio station, 92 WICB. Neumann has covered events like the New York Giants training camp and horse races at the historic Saratoga Race Course as an intern with WNYT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Albany, NY, and was the play-by-play announcer for the Albany Dutchmen summer collegiate baseball team in 2013. He also played four years of football at Ithaca College, and was a team captain his senior year. Neumann started as the Assistant Sports Director at WDAZ in July and is looking forward to covering all the great sports that the Grand Forks, N.D. area has to offer.
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