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GRAND FORKS — As the University of North Dakota football program turns from the 2019 season ahead to the 2020 campaign, two offensive players have left the team. Quarterback Noah Grover and wide receiver Izzy Adeoti are longer on the roster. Adeoti, a 5-foot-10 junior from Plano, Ill., had a role in the offense for parts of his first two seasons on campus before suffering a significant injury in 2018. In 2017, the true freshman played in 10 games, catching eight balls for 93 yards.
GRAND FORKS — With Saturday's loss at Nicholls State in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the University of North Dakota football team's weekly press conference Monday became a wrap-up of the 2019 season, as well as a look toward 2020. Here are the eight most important items from the press conference, which featured head coach Bubba Schweigert, offensive coordinator Danny Freund and defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt.
THIBODAUX, La. — When the University of North Dakota football team was at its worst this season, the Fighting Hawks struggled to stop the run and adapt to challenging road environments. When the Hawks were at their best, UND was riding a new-look, first-year offense to thrilling efforts at the Alerus Center. On Saturday, Nov. 30, the former was at the forefront in the bayou. No. 19 Nicholls State racked up a 316-44 edge in rushing yards in decisively beating No. 24 UND 24-6 at John L. Guidry Stadium in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
THIBODAUX, La. — The University of North Dakota football team has one more chance to overcome adversity on the road. The Fighting Hawks have struggled with that hurdle all season. Unbeaten at home, the Hawks are 1-4 on the road, where the program has faced difficult atmospheres, record-setting winter weather and travel mishaps. UND (7-4) will try to wipe out the bad road reputation when it visits Nicholls State (8-4) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs at John L. Guidry Stadium.
GRAND FORKS — Andre Steiger's interest in aviation and football was a perfect fit for the University of North Dakota. Last Saturday, in a must-win regular-season finale against Southern Utah, that perfect fit was a great combination for UND's push for an FCS postseason berth. Steiger, a senior walk-on from Glen Ellyn, Ill., registered a career-high 2.5 sacks to lead UND to an eventual first-round FCS playoff matchup with Nicholls State on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in Thibodaux, La. Entering the game against the Thunderbirds, Steiger had 2 sacks in his career.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota football team won't exactly receive red-carpet treatment for the program's first trip to Louisiana in 10 years. Nicholls State's visiting locker room consists of temporary tents located outside John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux, La. The setup, in at least its second year of existence, will be the same for UND's first round FCS playoff game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nicholls State media relations director Jamie Bustos said Monday. "The away team has to stay in tents, so that'll be a challenge in itself," UND cornerback Evan Holm said.
GRAND FORKS — For just the second time in the Division I era, the University of North Dakota football program is in the FCS playoffs. The Fighting Hawks (7-4) will play Nicholls State (8-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Thibodaux, La., in a first-round matchup. The game will be shown on ESPN3. "We've got to work hard to learn what we can about where we're going and most importantly about Nicholls," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "I followed their game the other night, and it sure seems they're very explosive. We have a lot of work to do."
GRAND FORKS — With one week left in the regular season, the UND football team doesn't have much time to fix last week's troubling pass defense. Luckily for the Fighting Hawks, part of the solution is as easy as the return of cornerback Evan Holm. Holm, who has played in 29 career games at UND, sat out last Saturday's 45-38 win over Northern Colorado in order to maintain a redshirt season in 2019. "I think he's a really good player and helps us," Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert said.
The Alerus Center has hosted thrilling, down-to-the-wire finishes for the University of North Dakota football team this season. It was no different Saturday, Nov. 16, in Grand Forks. But for a team looking for a rout -- and nearly putting one together -- the Fighting Hawks' 45-38 win over Northern Colorado left UND with mixed emotions. On one hand, UND remained on course to win seven games this season, with only a home matchup with Southern Utah next Saturday left on the schedule.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota's Nate Ketteringham is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the FCS, starting 34 career games between Sacramento State and UND, dating back to the 2015 season. With two regular-season games left in Ketteringham's college career, starting with Saturday's 1 p.m.