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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GRAND FORKS—As the University of North Dakota football team looks to move forward after last Saturday's 27-26 loss at Bowling Green of the Mid-American Conference, Falcons first-year coach Mike Jinks told the local media in Ohio the game shouldn't have been close at halftime and his quarterback should've thrown for 600 yards. "(UND) is a scrappy bunch, but really, to be honest, that game should have been 28-3 or 35-0 at halftime," Jinks said Monday during his weekly press conference that was streamed online.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—As the final outcome became clear Saturday night, University of North Dakota quarterback Keaton Studsrud laid sprawled face down on the artificial turf at Bowling Green's Doyt Perry Stadium and grabbed his helmet. It was a fitting display of how agonizingly close the No. 25 Fighting Hawks came to an FBS win for the second year in a row. With 13 seconds remaining, Studsrud's 2-point conversion pass to the back of the end zone was just off the fingers of the outstretched hands of Stetson Carr to seal Bowling Green's 27-26 win over the Fighting Hawks.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The North Dakota football program technically hasn't been going through conditioning drills during practice this week at Memorial Stadium. But there has been a lot of out-of-gas Fighting Hawks. UND, hoping to mimic Bowling Green's up-tempo offense, has been speeding in and out of the offensive huddle to help the defense adjust to the Falcons' version of the Air-Raid passing attack.
STONY BROOK, N.Y.—The University of North Dakota football program, entering the most anticipated season in its Division I era, took a rare trip to New York to open the 2016 schedule. The Fighting Hawks, who hadn't visited the state in 86 years, will leave the Empire State late Thursday night without any fond memories of Long Island. No. 19 UND gave up a blocked punt for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to allow Stony Brook to earn a 13-9 win in front of 6,153 fans at LaValle Stadium.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—For the first time since the University of North Dakota football program was an NCAA Division II power prior to the 2008 season, the Fighting Hawks have big expectations. For the first time, UND is ranked in the Top 25 in preseason polls. The Fighting Hawks are No. 19 in the STATS FCS poll, No. 21 in the FCS Coaches poll and No. 19 in the Hero Sports FCS Media poll. UND coach Bubba Schweigert, whose team plays at Stony Brook in New York at 6 p.m. Thursday, wants his team to block out the Week 1 love.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—University of North Dakota junior safety Cole Reyes remembers the last time he faced Stony Brook, a 13-3 win in 2014 at the Alerus Center. "It was one of the most physical games I've ever been in as a football player," Reyes said. The No. 19 Fighting Hawks expect the same style at 6 p.m. Thursday in the season opener on Long Island at Stony Brook's Kenneth P. Lavale Stadium. "They're a big, physical team," UND senior tight end Luke Mathewson said. "We expect it to be one of the more physical teams based on their sheer size and game plan."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota announced Thursday the 18-member Intercollegiate Athletic Committee, a group asked to provide recommendations on the athletic department's $1.4 million budget shortfall for the 2016 fiscal year. Nine of the 18 members, appointed by the University Senate, are faculty representatives. The IAC is a longstanding committee at UND, where members' terms vary in length depending on their category of appointment.
The UND football program added a few new players Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. The first day of practice during the academic year typically allows a team to expand its roster...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. If University of North Dakota sophomore John Santiago had to pick one goal for the 2016 season, the All-American running back said Monday at Memorial Stadium that he wants to break more tackles. That might be a scary proposition for Big Sky Conference defenses. Santiago already developed a reputation as a physical, slippery runner during a standout rookie season in 2015.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—One of the big storylines of the 2016 University of North Dakota football recruiting class was the multi-sport athleticism. Wide receivers Travis Toivonen and Noah Wanzek and tight end Hunter Pinke were prep basketball standouts and tight end Alex Cloyd was an undefeated state champion wrestler. Fighting Hawks cornerback Evan Holm, though, might have the biggest bragging rights when it comes to high school success outside football. Holm spent the spring in Europe playing for Team USA's under-17 rugby team in matches against France and Belgium.