MINNEAPOLIS -- If you don't know who Jake Filkins is, that's just fine with him.
After all, if a long snapper becomes a household name, it's usually not a good thing.
Filkins' job as the Gophers' long snapper isn't glamorous. He won't show up in box scores or get any credit for Minnesota's victories. His name won't even get mentioned on a game broadcast unless he screws up; only once has a broadcaster uttered his name, Filkins says, after he botched a snap.
That all comes with the territory of perhaps the most anonymous position in the game -- but one that is still very important.
"I understand that completely. I don't think in three years of starting I have a single stat," Filkins said. "For me, what makes me happy is when our punter has a good game and they talk about the punters, because it's like, 'Well, I had a part in that.'"
As Filkins enters his senior season with the Gophers, he does so as perhaps the only sure thing on Minnesota's special teams. Head coach Jerry Kill ...