Former Bulldog Zach Ojile following in C.J. Ham’s footsteps at Vikings training camp

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He captained the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football team to back-to-back successful seasons and now Zach Ojile is fitting into his new life as a Minnesota Viking.

In his second week of training camp Ojile is picking up a lot about the pros.

“The journey is certainly surreal,” Ojile said, sporting a No. 41 white jersey at camp.

“Just being from the state of Minnesota and playing football up at Duluth and now being here, it’s certainly just an unreal opportunity. The guys at this level are much bigger, faster, stronger. So that’s a little bit of an adjustment, especially coming from DII, but like I said I’m just trying come out here and get better everyday and show my improvement.”

Since joining the Vikings’ 90-man roster Ojile has transitioned from tight end to fullback. This means he’s working under veteran, Duluth native, C.J. Ham.

“C.J. is a great resource to me. He’s been at this level for a long time and he’s been one of the best in the NFL for a long time. I try to use him as much as I can and learn as much as I can from him.”

Ojile will fight to become the first Bulldog to make a final 53-man NFL roster since 2014. The cut deadline is August 29.