UMD football using run game to lead offense

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football team is back to practice after a 28-6 bounce back win against Upper Iowa University on Saturday.

Their ground game worked to perfection, tallying 287 yards with nine different players touching the ball, including junior Daniel Mitchell who secured two touchdowns.

“All week we have been practicing, prepping, getting ready to execute a great game plan. We just came off a loss, so we were ready to bounce back,” said Mitchell.

“Daniel has been a consistent running back for us the last three years, he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity in critical situations like he did on Saturday night. He’s a guy that’s stayed with our program, continued to work to improve each year. Knowledge wise, right now, he’s exactly where we need him to be,” stated head coach Curt Wiese.

On the defensive side, Cloquet native Tim Pokornowski who after dealing with injuries this prior season, lead the team with 6 tackles.

“It feels great. As a redshirt freshman, I got a little bit of playing time. My first year I was eligible to play, and then I was getting ready to start last year and broke my foot the last day of fall camp so that kind of set me back a little bit. But I just worked hard and got back to where I wanted to be.”

“Our coaches did a good job getting the game plan set for us on defense and we just went out there and executed. I just ended up making some good plays,” concluded Pokornowski.