Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/4/12
MINNEAPOLIS Former Gophers quarterback and Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy spoke to the University of Minnesota football team before its practice Tuesday, and linebacker Mike Rallis paid extra close attention. Rallis had heard Dungy speak once before. But now a leader on the Gophers defense, Rallis took Dungy's inspirational words to heart Tuesday. "I had my notepad out and took down a page of notes," Rallis said. "That's a rare, great opportunity to hear a guy like that speak. So much wisdom. I picked up a lot of good things that I'm going to take with me. A great opportunity for the whole team." In many ways, Rallis is becoming the heart of Minnesota's defense as he helps try to bolster a unit that ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in many categories last year. Rallis, an Edina, Minn., native, will be a redshirt senior for the 2012 season, meaning he's seen plenty during his time on campus. He played in 13 games as a freshman in 2008, was granted a medical redshirt in ...
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