UMD football talks battling Northern Michigan for the first time in 25 years

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In two days time the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football team will kickoff their 2023 season at Maloksy Stadium.

They will be doing so against a brand new opponent for both players and 13 year head coach Curt Wiese as they host Northern Michigan University. The two programs haven’t met in 25 years last battling in 1998.

“We had an open date. This happened, I believe, at the end of last spring,” Wiese explained. “We have our new Athletic Director on board that came from Northern Michigan so for us, being a relatively close non-conference opponent, it was an easy selection. I think for us and for them that’ll work both ways.”

This also marks the first regular season non-conference foe UMD will face since 2010.

Throughout training camp the Bulldogs have been growing confident behind their quarterback, redshirt sophomore Kyle Walljasper.

“I think an obvious strength is our offensive line. A lot of returners, they’ll be a group that will lead us and then hopefully we can build off that in the passing game,” Walljasper said.

UMD’s season opening kickoff is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Duluth.