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Marquette lands transfer Ellenson from Minnesota; will hyped brother follow?

New coach Steve Wojciechowski continues to reconstruct the Marquette basketball program, and Wednesday he added another piece in Minnesota transfer Wally Ellenson. The school announced the news, which quickly ignited social-media speculation that the move could impact the recruitment of Ellenson's younger -- and more highly coveted -- brother, Henry, a five-star player in the...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Wally Ellenson transfers to Marquette; will his brother follow?

Minnesota forward Wally Ellenson of Rice Lake has transferred to Marquette and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season. Which raises the question: Will Wally's brother, Henry, follow him to Marquette? Henry Ellenson is a 6-foot-9 power forward going into his senior season at Rice Lake. He is being recruited by most of the major powers, including...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota gets first 2015 commitment in Kevin Dorsey

The 2014-15 season still seems far away, but for Minnesota, the year after is already off to a strong start. Four-star point guard Kevin Dorsey became the program's first 2015 recruit after committing to the Gophers on Saturday. Dorsey confirmed the news -- which was first reported by Scout reporter Evan Daniels -- via text. The Gophers saw Dorsey in Washington D.C. this weekend...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Quarterbacks

  This is the first in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. You can find the entire series here. Today's position: Quarterbacks Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starter: Mitch Leidner (redshirt sophomore) Key backups: Chris Streveler (redshirt freshman), Conor Rhoda (redshirt freshman) The breakdown: One year ago...
Via Fox Sports North
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Running backs

  This is the second in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Running backs Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starter: David Cobb (senior) Key backups: Donnell Kirkwood (redshirt senior), Rodrick Williams Jr. (junior), Berkley Edwards (redshirt freshman) The breakdown: At the beginning of fall camp...
Via Fox Sports North
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Judge likely to release CT results in case involving former Gophers QB Nelson

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- A judge likely will allow the attorney for former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson to have access to brain scans of the former football player Nelson is accused of assaulting, after the prosecutor and a lawyer for the victim indicated no opposition to the request Monday. Nelson, 20, is charged with first-degree assault after a confrontation with...
Via Fox Sports North
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Wide receivers

  This is the third in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Wide receivers Rating (1-to-10 scale): 5 Projected starters: Donovahn Jones (sophomore), Drew Wolitarsky (sophomore), KJ Maye (junior) Key backups: Isaac Fruechte (redshirt senior), Eric Carter (redshirt freshman) The breakdown: Minnesota...
Via Fox Sports North
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Tight ends

  This is the fourth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Tight ends Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starter: Maxx Williams (redshirt sophomore) Key backups: Drew Goodger (senior), Lincoln Plsek (junior), Duke Anyanwu (redshirt sophomore) The breakdown: As a redshirt freshman last year, Williams...
Via Fox Sports North
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Offensive line

  This is the fifth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Offensive line Rating (1-to-10 scale): 8 Projected starters: left tackle Ben Lauer (redshirt sophomore), left guard Zac Epping (redshirt senior), center Tommy Olson (senior), right guard Foster Bush (redshirt junior), right tackle Josh Campion...
Via Fox Sports North
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Defensive line

  This is the sixth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Defensive line Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starters: defensive end Theiren Cockran (redshirt junior), defensive tackle Cameron Botticelli (redshirt senior), defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (junior), defensive end Michael Amaefula (senior...
Via Fox Sports North
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Know the Badgers foe: Minnesota

  This is the 12th in a 12-week Friday series looking at the Wisconsin football team's 2014 opponents. Minnesota's football program is on the rise in coach Jerry Kill's fourth season with the team. The question as it pertains to Wisconsin, however, is this: Are the Gophers good enough to challenge for Paul Bunyan's Axe, or is the gap between the two programs still...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Cornerbacks

  This is the seventh in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Cornerbacks Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starters: Eric Murray (junior), Derrick Wells (senior) Key backups: Jalen Myrick (sophomore), Briean Boddy-Calhoun (redshirt junior), Marcus Jones (senior) The breakdown: Murray is the one...
Via Fox Sports North
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Kill, Gophers aim to take step forward in 2014

CHICAGO -- Everywhere Jerry Kill has worked as a head coach, he's left the program better than when he arrived: Saginaw Valley State, Emporia State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois. Generally speaking, the wins increased year over year, and expectations changed from being simply respectable to becoming something special. The year over year change has been no different in...
Via Fox Sports North
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Breakdown: Minnesota Golden Gophers Full Preview

Jerry Kill has been with the Minnesota Golden Gophers for three full seasons, and the program has had an improved record every year he's been there. In 2011, Minnesota went 3-9, followed by 6-7 in 2012, and last year, the Golden Gophers broke through with an impressive 8-5 season. This mirrors Kill's three-year record at Northern Illinois when the team went from six wins...
Via Football Nation
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Linebackers

  This is the ninth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Linebacker Rating (1-to-10 scale): 5 Projected starters: De'Vondre Campbell (redshirt junior), Damien Wilson (senior), Jack Lynn (redshirt sophomore) Key backups: Jephete Matilus (redshirt junior), Nick Rallis (redshirt sophomore), Ray...
Via Fox Sports North
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Special teams

This is the tenth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Special teams Rating (1-to-10 scale): 8 Projected starters: kicker Ryan Santoso (redshirt freshman), punter Peter Mortell (redshirt junior), kick returner Marcus Jones (senior) Key backups: kicker Andrew Harte (redshirt freshman), kicker Justin...
Via Fox Sports North
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 94 – Kevin Dorsey

94. Kevin DORSEY Height: 6’-0” Weight: 170 Position: PG High School (State): Paul VI (VA) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Takeover (Nike) Commitment: Minnesota Gophers Breakdown: Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino’s first top-100 commit, Kevin Dorsey, is a significant recruit for the Gophers as their program morphs to fit Pitino’s vision. Dorsey, who picked Minnesota over Nebraska ...
Via Hoopniks
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Gophers' secondary looks stellar so far

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers cornerback Eric Murray left the TCF Bank Stadium turf fuming after Nebraska wideout Kenny Bell sped past him and caught a 42-yard pass that set up the Huskers at Minnesota's 2-yard line last season. After Nebraska went up 6-0 a play later, Murray found defensive coordinator on Tracy Claeys on the sideline and pled with him. His message: That won't happen...
Via Fox Sports North
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sophomores take on leadership role in Gophers' young receiver corps

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky is only a sophomore, but he feels like an upperclassman. With such a young wide receiver corps, Wolitarsky and fellow sophomore Donovahn Jones are already among the elder statesmen, especially when it comes to playing experience. The duo saw plenty of action immediately, as Wolitarsky played in all 13 games and made four starts...
Via Fox Sports North
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Previews, Pt. 6: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota’s on its way up. 2014 will be the Golden Gophers’ fourth season under head coach Jerry Kill, who despite health problems took over a Minnesota squad that went 3-9 and fired its coach midseason in 2010 and posted records of 3-9, then 6-7, then most recently 8-5. Under Kill the Gophers have been multi-faceted [&hellip (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post Big...
Via No Coast Bias
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers offensive linemen focus on being more versatile

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Gophers offensive lineman Ed Olson roamed the sidelines at Minnesota's practice Sunday, barely recognizable. Olson, who was listed at 309 pounds as a senior last year, has dropped about 90 pounds since his playing days ended. His hair is also a bit longer now than it was during his playing days, but the trimmed-down Olson was a testament to just how big...
Via Fox Sports North
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Team-first Cobb has worked hard to become Gophers' top RB

MINNEAPOLIS -- After rushing for 1,202 yards as a junior last season, Gophers running back David Cobb is expected to once again bear the brunt of the carries for Minnesota's rushing attack this season. With that in mind, Cobb was asked after a recent fall practice if he had set any individual goals for himself for 2014. Without hesitation, he gave a simple answer. "Twelve...
Via Fox Sports North
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers kicker Santoso is 'Big Man' with big leg

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Ryan Santoso stood on the sidelines as a freshman last year, he could have been mistaken for an offensive lineman or a tight end. The Pace, Fla., native stood 6-foot-5 and weighed in at 260 pounds -- not exactly what you'd expect from a kicker. The guy head coach Jerry Kill affectionately calls "Big Man" isn't quite so big anymore. Thanks to...
Via Fox Sports North
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Minnesota Unveils New Gold Helmets For The 2014 Season

Minnesota unveiled new helmets today, and they’re pretty sharp. The helmets are gold with the Minnesota logo on both sides and a maroon stripe going down the center. On the stripe is the school’s slogan, “Ski-U-Mah.” While the helmets are nothing flashy, they’re still pretty nice. Check them out: With Maroon comes Gold. Check out @GopherFootball‘s newest helmets for...
Via College Spun
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers football: Predicting the 2014 schedule

If there was a bigger surprise in the Big Ten during the 2013 football season than what took place in Minneapolis, you’d be hard pressed to convince me otherwise. Minnesota started off hot, winning all four of its non-conference games. However, it appeared like a bit of fool’s gold as they also lost the first two games of the Big Ten season to Iowa and Michigan respectively....
Via Talking 10
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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