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‘It gives me chills thinking about it’; UND’s Belquist eager to kick off another big season

Bo Belquist enters his junior season as the leading returner in receptions and receiving yards for UND football, but the New Rockford native is ready for more in 2022.

Bo Belquist
Junior wide receiver Bo Belquist lines up during a drill at a UND football practice
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GRAND FORKS– Big crowds were hard to come by for Bo Beqluist growing up. He spent four years playing varsity football in New Rockford before heading to UND for college.

“Probably 100 maybe (in the stands),” said Belquist.

Now he’s preparing to open his third season of college football in front of 90,000 fans in Lincoln as UND travels to Nebraska on September 3rd. That’s UND’s first game against a Big Ten opponent in nearly 50 years.

“It gives me chills even thinking about it, playing in the biggest stadium. It’s like bigger than NFL stadiums. It’s going to be just loud, it’s going to be an awesome crows. It sells out nearly every year. I mean super excited, probably one of the greatest games I play in,” said Belquist.

It’s a moment that almost wasn’t possible just a year and a half ago. After breaking his leg in the playoffs against Missouri State, Bo knew his comeback journey was going to be worth it.

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“I feel like I grew a lot from that. It was a long process, everyday going to PT. You still got to work out but then you got to do extra stuff, always work on the little things with your leg. It grew me as a person. I went through a tough time. You’ve got to go through tough times to become a better person,” said Belquist.

“My family definitely pushed me to be who I am and told me to never give up and keep going, even through the injury. You’re going to have tough times, but you have to battle back and you have to also stay humble though. I haven’t accomplished that much,” he added.

“Bo is an everydayer. He comes in, works his butt off, makes plays, he’s humble, keeps his head down and grinds, and he’s a great guy, great friend,” said UND senior wide receiver Garett Maag.

In his first season back from injury, Bo led UND with 535 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He enters his junior year as a second team all-conference selection. Bo’s main goal though, is to be a playmaker and even better teammates.

“Ever since high school, people relied on me. I went out there and made plays. I think in college, just get a couple games under your belt and then you realize it’s just normal, just normal football like you’ve always been playing. It’s just bigger guys, faster, it’s just a different pace,” said Belquist.

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