GRAND FORKS – University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert had three points of emphasis during his team’s bye week.

He wanted his team to get healthy, stay sharp and give practice repetitions to players that could provide depth in the future.

“I felt we accomplished all those things,” Schweigert said.

UND should travel to Cedar City, Utah, this weekend to play Big Sky Conference foe Southern Utah with a much healthier squad than it left the Alerus Center with two weekends ago in a 24-16 win over Portland State.

Sophomore quarterback Joe Mollberg, who left the PSU game in the first quarter with concussion-like symptoms, returned to practice this week and is expected to start against the Thunderbirds.

Schweigert said Mollberg would have been questionable if the team had a game last Saturday.

UND did suffer one long-term injury against the Vikings. Senior wide receiver R.J. McGill, who led the team with 23 catches for 265 yards and two touchdowns, will miss the rest of the year with a knee injury.

That meant UND spent the bye week reworking the wide receiver spot, as well as the kick return unit. McGill, the primary kick returner, was injured on a return against Portland.

Freshman wide receiver Josh Seibel, who had a career day against Portland State with the first nine catches of his career for 60 yards, is now a starter on the two-deep depth chart. Schweigert said reserve wide receiver Casey Young also received valuable reps during the bye week.

Freshman wide receiver Dev Ferguson, who missed the Portland State game with an injury, is practicing this week. Ferguson has been the team’s deep threat, with 10 catches for 243 yards and a score.

“We had to shuffle around a bit to get the right personnel groups,” Schweigert said. “It sure helped us to have that extra time.”

Brandon Walker, Seibel and Alex Tillman will see a bigger role on kick return, although the team will be careful with Tillman’s usage. Tillman is the team’s starting cornerback and Southern Utah is expected to throw it around.

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