The University of Minnesota-Duluth is typically known for their excellent men’s and women’s hockey programs, but less so for their football team, which plays in Division II.
However, the Green Bay Packers are well aware of Duluth’s football program, as they have had a couple of former Bulldogs come through the organization in the past few decades. Most recently, they invited kicker David Nadeau to the team’s rookie minicamp in 2012 and they drafted one of the six picks in UMD’s history: fullback Dick Voltzke, who was chosen in the 14th round of the 1969 draft.
Worth your more immediate attention, however, is the workout that the Packers reportedly held with a UMD player recently: quarterback Drew Bauer (source: Darren Wolfson of KSTP). A two-year team captain, Bauer stands 6’ 2-3/4” tall and was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, though his junior year was cut short by injury.
As a senior, Bauer completed 62.4% of his passes for 3,421 yards and 30 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He also finished second on the team in rushing, carrying the ball 175 times for 753 yards and six touchdowns.
At UMD’s Pro Day, Bauer reportedly put up a 4.86-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 7.14-second 3-cone drill.
Bauer is the second quarterback that we know of who has visited with or worked out for the Packers, joining Temple’s P.J. Walker. Click here for the full list of visits.