Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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The UND men's basketball team is picked third in the Big Sky coaches' preseason poll and fourth in the Big Sky media preseason poll, which was released Friday. The coaches and media both selected Weber State to repeat as league champion. UND received three first-place votes and finished with 103 points in the coaches' poll. UND was only one point behind Idaho (104), who received one first-place vote among the coaches. In the media poll, Montana wound up in second behind Weber and picked up three first-place votes. The Griz were fourth in the coaches' poll.
GRAND FORKS — In the Sacramento State press box last Saturday night, a Canadian Football League scout saw a first-half run from University of North Dakota's John Santiago and predicted the Fighting Hawks could have three backs run for 100 yards or more against the Hornets. UND did have three players (Keaton Studsrud, Brady Oliveira and Austin Gordon) run for more than 100 yards against the Hornets, even though Santiago, who was easing back into the lineup due to injury, wasn't one of them.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert doesn't like to look ahead at what any individual game could mean in the larger scope of the 2016 season. On Monday, he quickly dismissed any talk of the Fighting Hawks' chances of sitting in the driver's seat of the Big Sky Conference if it can beat Southern Utah. UND, which moved up two spots to No. 22 in the STATS FCS poll, faces Southern Utah for a homecoming game at the Alerus Center at noon Saturday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After giving up 12 sacks in four games, the UND offensive line was forced to shuffle its lineup prior to last Saturday's matchup with then-No. 16 Cal Poly. Transfer center Michael Coe was moved out to right tackle after starter Mat Cox suffered a season-ending injury. Redshirt freshman Patric Rooney shifted into the starter role at center.
GRAND FORKS — The UND football program is coming off two consecutive years of competitive games against FBS competition. The Fighting Hawks earned their first FBS win in 2015, opening the season with a 24-13 victory over Wyoming. UND followed with a 27-26 loss at Bowling Green in September where the Fighting Hawks missed a 2-point conversion in the final moments. UND, however, is about to test some tougher waters when it comes to FBS matchups. On Thursday, UND announced a matchup with Kansas State of the Big 12 in 2020.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert was asked about his team's three-game winning streak and latest rankings in the STATS FCS poll. "Are we ranked?" Schweigert asked, probably in jest. Indeed, UND has returned to the Top 25 poll with a No. 24 ranking released Monday.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota football fans came to the Alerus Center on Saturday expecting a showdown between All-American Fighting Hawks running back John Santiago and the FCS leading rusher, Cal Poly fullback Joe Protheroe. The elite running showdown never materialized. Santiago was injured on the second play of the game and never returned. Protheroe dressed for warm-ups but never played due to an injury. That didn't mean a letdown for the green and white faithful. The 10,097 in attendance were still treated to plenty of entertainment.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Cal Poly football coach Tim Walsh is sick of John Santiago and Brady Oliveira—the two University of North Dakota running backs his team will face Saturday. "I saw enough of Santiago last year, and I've seen enough of Oliveira on film," Walsh said. "I do think North Dakota has the best 1-2 punch in the league." Two run-first offenses will face off in the matchup of 1-0 teams in the Big Sky Conference at 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—On Montana State's first possession last Saturday, Bobcats quarterback Tyler Bruggman threw a pass right at University of North Dakota cornerback Deion Harris on first-and-goal from the 9. The pass bounced off the hands of Harris and fell incomplete. The missed opportunity was rare for the Fighting Hawks against Montana State and rare for UND's 2016 season. The Fighting Hawks intercepted Bruggman three times during UND's 17-15 win to raise the season interception total to eight.
BOZEMAN, Mont.—For most of Saturday afternoon, more than 19,000 Montana State homecoming fans created a deafening roar at picturesque Bobcat Stadium. But at the end of the University of North Dakota football team's Big Sky Conference season opener at Montana State, the only noise heard was the Fighting Hawks singing the school song in the locker room.