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Leidner has turf toe but practicing with Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner has a turf toe injury on his left foot, leaving his availability uncertain for this week's game against San Jose State. Coach Jerry Kill said Leidner would practice Tuesday but won't play Saturday if he's not deemed 100 percent healthy. Leidner hurt his left knee in the Sept. 6 game against Middle Tennessee but played...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

TCU Josh Doctson’s Incredible Leaping One-Handed TD Catch (Video)

TCU Josh Doctson makes an incredible, leaping, one-handed catch for a TD over Golden Gophers Jalen Myrick. If Doctson had jumped any higher, he might be taking flight. [h/t Bleacher Report]
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers DT Scott Ekpe lost for season

Gophers starting junior defensive tackle Scott Ekpe is out for the season, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday. Ekpe, who had his first start in Thursday's 42-20 win over Eastern Illinois, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after a pile up in the first quarter. "That's a major blow," Kill said. "Tough deal for Scott. Great kid...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

ICYMI: Eastern Illinois douchejuice LB Kamu Grugier-Hill punched Zac Epping in the balls

Eastern Illinois linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill punched Golden Gophers offensive lineman Zac Epping in the balls the other night. He was ejected.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
Via Bob's Blitz
19 days ago  |  Discuss

E. Illinois LB Ejected for Punching Minnesota Player in The Nuts (Video)

The 2014 college football season is in full effect and we have already witnessed our first ejection. The fact that there was an ejection isn’t a surprise but the reasoning behind the ejection is the entertaining part. I know what you were originally thinking: The player was ejected for excessive celebrating, leading with the crown of his helmet, etc. But no, it was for a cheap...
Via BlackSportsOnline
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: E. Illinois LB ejected for nut shot on Gophers lineman

Eastern Illinois linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill brought us the first ejection of the 2014 college football season on Thursday night at the expense of an opponent’s man region. Grugier-Hill decided it would be a good idea to give Minnesota offensive lineman Zac Epping a closed-fist shot to the nuts. Grugier-Hill wasn’t exactly subtle with the cheap […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Eastern Illinois LB ejected for punching opponent in groin (GIF)

Eastern Illinois Panthers junior linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill was ejected in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's season opener against Minnesota for delivering a cheap shot to an opponent's groin after a play was over.Minnesota offensive lineman Zac Epping was walking by Grugier-Hill on his way back to the huddle when Grugier-Hill tried to sneak in the low blow. Fortunately...
Via Holdout Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers defense dominates in win over Eastern Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS -- All throughout fall camp, the sense in Dinkytown was that Minnesota's defense was much stronger than the Gophers' offense. One game into the 2014 season, it's hard to dispute that claim. While Minnesota's offense was slow out of the gates in Thursday's season opener, its defense set the tone. The Gophers forced three turnovers and also blocked a...
Via Fox Sports North
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Fully on board: Gophers proving fullback position isn't extinct

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lakes, farms and oceans. One burly youngster working in the Gophers' fullback group is a born-and-bred Minnesota native, northern accent and all. The other speaks with more of a rural Midwestern drawl, the result of a Kansas upbringing in a town of less than 900. The third screams Florida beach, his bushy dreadlocks crawling out of his helmet and over his thick...
Via Fox Sports North
28 days ago  |  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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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: 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

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says Alabama coach Saban earned his money

During an interview with al.com, Minnesota Gophers head coach Jerry Kill shared that Alabama head coach Nick Saban earned his salary.  Saban is the Highest paid coach in College Football ($5.5 million in 2013 with $6.9 million going forward). Kill said, “If somebody said something about coach Saban’s salary, I’d bet he earns every damn dime of it.  He’s under a fishbowl...
Via NCAA Football Zone
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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