Thursday, April 17, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

No mascot, UND might find identity in freshman QB

By
From page B1 | November 14, 2013 | Leave Comment

North Dakota is a team without a nickname, but if redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Bartels continues to play like he has, the football team from Grand Forks soon will have an identity.

On Saturday, two schools with 3-7 records — UC Davis and North Dakota — will meet at Aggie Stadium to see who has improved the most during up-and-down seasons for both squads.

Kickoff is 4 p.m.

The team that used to be called the Fighting Sioux (more about that later), has been competitive of late, coming off a 24-21 victory over Northern Colorado.

UND (3-7, 2-5 in Big Sky Conference) has played tough in losses to Portland State (14-10) and Eastern Washington (35-14). It also nipped Idaho State, 28-25.

“I don’t get caught up in the record,” said UCD coach Ron Gould, whose squad is coming off a bye week. “I get caught up in what a team is doing week in and week out. I’m really impressed with their quarterback … and with that speed on the perimeter, they can score from anywhere on the field.”

Bartels was named Sports Network national Freshman of the Week after he threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns — all to wideout Kelly Golladay — in a 48-27 loss Nov. 2 to Northern Arizona.

Bartels has back-to-back 300-yard passing games after replacing former QB Joel Mollberg in the NAU contest.

Last week, Bartels threw for 344 yards and two more scores. Seeing action in seven games (three as a starter), Bartels is 99-for-155 with eight TDs and six picks. He’s thrown for 1,163 yards. Mix in Mollberg’s totals and North Dakota has 2,757 through the air.

Golladay, who’s caught 64 passes for 775 yards and seven scores, is but one of four scary-fast targets from which Bartels and Mollberg have had to choose.

Greg Hardin (56-974-5) might be coach Chris Mussman’s most talented wideout, but when you study the numbers of Jameer Jackson (50-473-1) and Blair Townsend (28-309-1), you can see that Aggie safeties Aarynn Jones and Charles Boyett might need to play it honestly Saturday afternoon.

A couple of steps in by defenders and this receiving corps is gone.

“We know that we’re going to have our hands full,” Gould told The Enterprise. “We’re going to have to play one of our best games.”

North Dakota ends its season with this road game, something that concerns its coach — especially coming off an emotionally charged Senior Day home win last week.

“A concern for us … where’s our motivation going to be?” Mussman said Wednesday. “We’re pretty nicked up, too.”

If UND is playing out the string, that should be in sharp contrast to how the Aggies see their final two games.

Beating North Dakota, then Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic would put Davis at 5-7 (5-3 in Big Sky games). A) It would mean UCD beat the win totals of each of the past two seasons. B) The 5-3 mark would pooh-pooh the so-called experts who picked the Aggies to finish 11th in conference.

“It will be an interesting matchup,” Mussman added. “Offensively, they’re a creative team. Their shifts get you misaligned. (RB Gabe Manzanares) is very capable.”

Speaking of Manzanares, with 1,031 yards, the City College of San Francisco transfer is climbing up the Aggie all-time single-season rushing charts.

He stands at No. 8 on that list. Preston Jackson (1991-93) has the top two marks: 1,826 and 1,552 (regular season).

Notes: About mascotless North Dakota, once known as the Flickertails: In 2012, state voters approved a measure to allow school officials to “retire” the Fighting Sioux name and accompanying mascot (which the state Higher Board of Education did). By NCAA rule, UND cannot adopt another name or face until 2015. Ironically, the U.S. Court of Appeals decided against a lawsuit that fought to save Fighting Sioux. The group asking to keep the name? The Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe. … The Aggies are 8-8 off a bye week since 2000. … UCD is 1-4 at home in 2013.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net

Bruce Gallaudet

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Davis wins USA Today Best Cycling Town honor

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
    Benefit set to help local bike legend

    By Adrian Glass-Moore | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Jury deliberates murder, elder-abuse charges

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

     
    State’s health care sign-ups beat projections

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    California residents divided on drought solution

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A2

     
    For the record

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A2

    Three killed in attack on Ukrainian base

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Downtown post office set to reopen

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B3

    Run or walk to prevent child abuse in Yolo County

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Nominations sought for charity paint giveaway

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

     
    Scholar will discuss human trafficking in Friday talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Per Capita Davis: Now, for some good news

    By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A4

     
    Birch Lane hosts 50th anniversary party

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Hannah Stein reads poetry at gallery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Davis Food Co-op to offer free bags on Earth Day

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Get in the picture with school board candidate

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    KDVS hosts on-air fundraiser April 21-27

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Tickets on sale for Pence Garden Tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Fundraiser planned for Allen’s campaign

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

    Food Co-op board plans open house

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Davis Downtown hosts candidate forum

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A4

    Learn more about Google Glass at talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Barbecue celebrates winter shelter program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Sign of things to come

    By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A8

     
    Davis Soroptimists celebrate 60 years

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    Fancy meeting you here …

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Don’t miss a Trokanski dance

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Frank Bruni: The oldest hatred, forever young

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A6, 4 Comments

     
    Expert: Free parking is a myth

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    Have they really learned?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    A great community effort

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

    Public Health Heroes honored

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Huge inning propels Pleasant Grove past DHS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Giants edge Dodgers

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Foster steps down as Lady Blue Devil basketball coach

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    River Cats’ streak reaches six wins

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Landry evolves into UCD women’s lacrosse leader

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Youth roundup: Martinez, Chan come up big at gymnastics regional

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Kings drop season finale to Suns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Angels get past A’s in extras

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    Wineaux: Good deals off the beaten path

    By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A7

     
    Rockabilly phenom to play at The Palms

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    HellaCappella showcases a cappella singing

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    ‘One’ singular sensation to open at DMTC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    25th annual state clay competition exhibit at The Artery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Tapan Munroe

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, April 17, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6