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College football: UMD opens fall camp

Bulldogs coming off program’s 12th NCAA national playoff appearance.

The Minnesota Duluth defensive line unit hits blocking pads
The Minnesota Duluth defensive line unit hits blocking pads during the first practice of the season Monday afternoon, Aug. 8, 2022, at Malosky Stadium on the UMD campus.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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DULUTH — After an overcast and blustery Sunday in the Twin Ports, the Minnesota Duluth football team couldn’t have picked a better day to start its 2022 practice season as the Bulldogs were greeted by sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s Monday afternoon at Malosky Stadium.

UMD has high hopes after going 9-3 last year and making its 12th NCAA Division II national playoff appearance.

The biggest question going into fall camp is who will be under center Thursday, Sept. 1, when the Bulldogs host Southwest Minnesota State in the season opener.

UMD has an open quarterback competition featuring plenty of talent, with veterans Garrett Olson and Logan Graetz competing against redshirt freshmen Nate Elmes and Kyle Walljasper for the starting nod.

Whoever gets the assignment will have plenty of offensive weapons to work with, including senior wideout Armani Carmickle, who broke UMD’s single-season record with 1,315 receiving yards last season.

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