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New Town’s Grady no longer with UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D.--University of North Dakota offensive lineman Elijah Grady is no longer with the program, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert said Wednesday on the day the team members reported to fall camp.

GRAND FORKS, N.D.-University of North Dakota offensive lineman Elijah Grady is no longer with the program, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert said Wednesday on the day the team members reported to fall camp.

The announcement ends an offseason of uncertainty surrounding the North Dakota native, who started the final five games at right tackle in 2015 as a true freshman.

Grady, of New Town, N.D., left the team for personal reasons during spring ball, but was re-added to the roster prior to the Big Sky Conference Football Kickoff media event in late July.

Grady was one of UND's first verbal commitments of the 2015 season. The coaching staff felt it found a diamond in the rough, as the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder came to Grand Forks via a 9-man prep football program on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Grady received national attention prior to the 2015 season when his prep highlight tape was released and featured a number of incredible athletic plays for an athlete with a lineman's physique.

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In Grady's absence during spring ball, Mat Cox took the No. 1 reps at right tackle. Cox, who can play at center, guard and tackle, is listed as the No. 1 at right tackle to start camp.

UND had one other unexpected absence on Day 1 of fall camp, which saw 95 players report. True freshman running back Isaiah Secrest, of Rice Lake, Wis., didn't report and won't be with the team moving forward.

The remaining 21 members of the 2016 signing class, including four preferred walk-ons, are all on campus and will be part of fall camp.

The Fighting Hawks also had an unexpected addition on the team's updated roster. Connor Bolduc, the team's punter in 2014 but who was not with the team last season, has reported to fall camp. That means UND will start fall camp with three punters, including Bolduc, as well as transfers Jacob Meeks and Austin Dussold.

Bolduc started all 12 games as a freshman in 2014 and averaged 39 yards per punt. His 82 attempts broke a UND single-season record.

UND will hold its annual media day today, followed by the team's first practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.

UND sophomore running back John Santiago is one of 22 players named to the 2016 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.

Santiago, who set UND's Division I records for rushing yards and all-purpose yards in a season as a true freshman in 2015, ran for 100 yards or more in all of his Big Sky Conference games.

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The watch list can undergo revision throughout the year. A national panel of more than 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the winner following the regular season.

Four Big Sky Conference athletes made the watch list including Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus, Northern Arizona wide receiver Emmanuel Butler and Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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