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Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published April 20 2013

Miller: UND receiving corps should be dynamic

Grand Forks - University of North Dakota wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Romon Bridges put on an impromptu dunking contest on the Alerus Center goalposts after touchdowns Saturday afternoon at the Green and White spring game.

The 6-foot-4 Golladay started it all by finishing a slam for the White team in the third quarter.

In an attempt to respond, the 5-8 Bridges went up for the jam but didn’t get nearly high enough and had to settle for a finger roll for the Green team in the fourth quarter.

“My boy Romon needed to get some hops going,” Golladay said.

Clearly, Golladay won the contest in a landslide.

But it wasn’t the only instance in which Golladay stole the show. He had six catches for 78 yards, a 17-yard touchdown catch on a strike from Joe Mollberg and an 8-yard reverse for a score that was of the highlight-reel variety.

On the run, Golladay dove toward the pylon before he was upended and flipped across the goal line. Golladay quickly stood up and raced over to slam the football over the crossbar.

The sophomore-to-be has looked like a completely new player through spring practices, and he put that on display at the spring game.

“Kenny’s got an opportunity to be special,” UND coach Chris Mussman said.

Golladay, a Chicago native, caught 30 passes for 429 yards and a touchdown last year in his first year out of high school.

Golladay racked up those statistics despite a high-ankle sprain that lingered throughout the season.

“That took a while,” Golladay said. “That banged me up. I just had to do therapy, therapy, therapy and work hard.

“I got stronger and faster (in the offseason). I wanted be a better all-around receiver, not just a deep ball guy.”

Golladay’s emergence this spring further solidifies UND’s biggest strength – the wide receiving corps.

UND returns its top six pass catchers from a 2012 season in which North Dakota broke the school record with 3,268 passing yards.

The crew of wide receivers already includes first team all-Big Sky member Greg Hardin.

There’s also Jameer Jackson, who was named a College Sports Journal Freshman All-American after catching 56 passes for 709 yards and six touchdowns.

Blair Townsend and R.J. McGill weren’t bad, either, with more than 275 receiving yards each last year. McGill missed half of the season with an injury.

“It’s not easy to upstage arguably one of the best to ever to play wide receiver at UND in Greg Hardin,” Mussman said. “Kenny almost did that today. We’re going to be able to put five very good wide receivers on the field at one time.”

Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald