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The Gophers could be dark horse in West Division next season

The Gophers could be dark horse in West Division next seasonI might be getting a little ahead of myself here, but Minnesota could actually win the West Division next season. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Gophers in the Rose Bowl in 2015? Well looking at the conference match-ups there is a possibility of that if the Gophers can just for knock off Ohio State and Michigan. Minnesota...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Jeff Jones tops solid recruiting class

A year of suspense ended on Wednesday as Jeff Jones, the biggest recruit in Minnesota, decided to sign his letter of intent with the Gophers and stay home. Minnesota’s recruiting class ranked 9th in the Big 10 and that’s not great, but keeping Jones at home was true win for Minnesota, especially when it comes to future recruiting. This is the first time in over a decade that...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Another major recruit leaves Minnesota

It could have been nothing but smiles and joy for Jerry Kill and Gopher fans last week, but unfortunately, the week wasn’t quite that sweet. The Gophers landed a 4-star receiver out of Virginia, Melvin Holland Jr., which came as a surprise to many. It would have been icing on top of the cake for Kill if in-state recruit, Frank Ragnow, from Chanhassen would have signed his letter...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Minnesota Gophers need to sign Jeff Jones

The 2014 national signing day is only a couple days away and nobody knows if Washburn star running back Jeff Jones will be staying home or heading to Michigan or Florida to play football. Jones verbally committed to the Gophers months ago, but Michigan and Florida have also offered scholarships to Jones, who was the biggest standout and MVP at the Under Armour Classic. This was Jones’...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Will Philip Nelson’s play be missed?

Earlier this week Philip Nelson announced his plans to transfer to a school that plays to his strengths in the passing game. This news came as a surprise to some because Nelson seemed to play a beneficial role for the Gophers at the quarterback position. The question all Gopher football fans should be asking themselves is this: Will we really miss Nelson? Truthfully, this is not...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota QB Nelson to transfer, seek pass-focused offense

The Minnesota Golden Gophers' quarterback competition just got a little less crowded. Sophomore Philip Nelson announced on Thursday that he intends to transfer, a surprising development for a player who played in 11 games last season and was once viewed as a promising building block for coach Jerry Kill's program. ''I am looking to play in a system that centers...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota QB Philip Nelson to transfer

Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson says he intends to transfer to another school that runs an offense ''that centers more around the passing game.'' The sophomore made the surprise announcement Thursday when he first released the statement to KFXN-FM in Minneapolis. Nelson completed 50.5 percent of his passes for 1,306 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers: 5 questions for 2013

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the BCS National Championship set to be played Monday night, the college football season will soon be over. For the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the 2013 season ended with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27. Jerry Kill's team now begins preparing for 2014, with spring practices just a few months away. With that in mind, let'...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Bowl losses will deter major recruits

Losing bowl games will simply not attract the major recruits  the Gopher football program team needs to be competitive in the Big 10. After a sixth bowl loss in a row to on Friday, it will be interesting to see if those recruits who are interested in playing for Minnesota will begin to question if its the place for winners or not. Sure, playing in the Texas bowl gave the Gophers...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Landing big recruits is key

Jerry Kill has done an amazing job with the Gophers this year. An 8-4 record corresponded by a 4-4 mark in the Big 10 exceeded everyone’s expectations, the future seems pretty bright, but a big concern does remain and that’s recruiting. This past week, Kill landed three recruits. Alabama safety Khari Blasingame, JUCO linebacker Cody Poock, and Wisconsin offensive tackle Luke...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Three best things about this season

The Minnesota Gophers had quite the season, defying all odds put against them. Many wrote the Gophers off as contenders in the Big 10, at best one or two conference wins. The team had different ideas, putting together their best season under head coach Jerry Kill with an 8-4 record. The Gophers made some great strides this season, but there are three main reasons why we can remember...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Predictions for Texas Bowl

The Gophers (8-4) have drawn a very winnable bowl game facing the Syracuse Orange (6-6) in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27. Winnable may be an understatement because The Orange struggled against Big 10 opponents this season losing to both Penn State and Northwestern. Both are teams that Minnesota defeated. Syracuse got destroyed in Northwestern 48-27 back in September, which leads me to...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Gophers eye Paul Bunyan’s ax

Next Saturday’s Gophers versus Badgers rivalry football game is the talk of the town. For Minnesota fans this is a new trend as this year’s Gophers team has its best chance in years to knock off hated rival Wisconsin and reclaim the ax. It’s been nine seasons since the Gophers have hoisted Paul Bunyan’s ax but the team is on a roll and nobody wants to play them right now...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Kill is the guy

Jerry Kill has the Minnesota Gophers Football team back on track. The Gophers are poised to have their best season since 2003 when they went 10-3, but this year’s team looks like they will be contenders for a long time to come in the Big 10. All the Gophers needed was something to trigger a winning streak. Their current four game winning streak in the Big 10 is their longest since...
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November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Gophers in the Gator bowl?

It might be unrealistic at this point, but if the Gophers win two of their remaining games they may be taking a trip to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL. CBS’s Jerry Palm projects that the Gophers will play Ole Miss in the Gator Bowl on New Years Day. This would be quite the feat for a Minnesota team that has done a lot of growing up this season. The Gophers have a right to be...
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November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Gophers play is turning heads

Philip Nelson continues to impress at quarterback leading the Gophers to two quality victories in a row.(Photo Credit: AP/foxnews.com). In recent years, when the Gophers were stated to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers, it was safe to say that you could chalk the game up as a loss. On Saturday, the Gophers reversed that trend with a rare win over their Big Ten foes. At 6-2 (2-2) the...
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October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football: Finally some hope.

Philip Nelson led the charge in the win at Northwestern Saturday.(Photo Credit: Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff) The past five-plus season of Gopher football has been brutal to watch at times. The program hasn’t had any success in Big 10 play, and just making a bowl game at 6-6 has been the ultimate goal each season. Saturday at Northwestern, when tuning into the game I wondered...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers open Big Ten play against Hawkeyes

MINNEAPOLIS -- Big Ten play is finally here for Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kill's team opens conference play against one of its biggest rivals as the Iowa Hawkeyes come to TCF Bank Stadium for the Big Ten opener. Minnesota is off to a 4-0 start while Iowa suffered a loss to Northern Illinois and went 3-1 in non-conference play. A pig is at stake when these rivals...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers open Big Ten play against Hawkeyes

MINNEAPOLIS -- Big Ten play is finally here for Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kill's team opens conference play against one of its biggest rivals as the Iowa Hawkeyes come to TCF Bank Stadium for the Big Ten opener. Minnesota is off to a 4-0 start while Iowa suffered a loss to Northern Illinois and went 3-1 in non-conference play. A pig is at stake when these rivals...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Backup QB Mitch Leidner proves his worth in Gophers win

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers played the second half without head coach Jerry Kill on the sidelines. They also played most of the game without their starting quarterback on the field. Sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson left Saturday's game early in the second quarter with a right hamstring injury and did not return. With Nelson dinged up, redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner stepped...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Backup QB Mitch Leidner proves his worth in Gophers win

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers played the second half without head coach Jerry Kill on the sidelines. They also played most of the game without their starting quarterback on the field. Sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson left Saturday's game early in the second quarter with a right hamstring injury and did not return. With Nelson dinged up, redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner stepped...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers still trying to get passing game going

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota has scored 95 points over the first two games, and the Gophers have barely mastered the forward pass so far. That could be a good sign. If sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson and the rest of the offense find a rhythm with the aerial attack to supplement what has the potential to be a rugged, productive running game, the Gophers will be in good shape...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers hope to avoid FCS letdown against Western Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers football team continues its nonconference schedule Saturday when Western Illinois -- a Football Championship Subdivision school -- visits TCF Bank Stadium for an 11 a.m. kickoff. Both teams enter with identical 2-0 records after Minnesota topped New Mexico State on the road for its second win of the year. Here are five things to watch for when the Gophers...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers hope to avoid FCS letdown against Western Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers football team continues its nonconference schedule Saturday when Western Illinois -- a Football Championship Subdivision school -- visits TCF Bank Stadium for an 11 a.m. kickoff. Both teams enter with identical 2-0 records after Minnesota topped New Mexico State on the road for its second win of the year. Here are five things to watch for when the Gophers...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers still trying to get passing game going

Minnesota has scored 95 points over the first two games, and the Gophers have barely mastered the forward pass so far. That could be a good sign. If sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson and the rest of the offense find a rhythm with the aerial attack to supplement what has the potential to be a rugged, productive running game, the Gophers will be in good shape. They're also...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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