Kamu Grugier-Hill ejected for nut shot on Zac Epping (Video)

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
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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
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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
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota beats Eastern Illinois 42-20 in opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mitch Leidner ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass to Donovahn Jones, leading Minnesota to a season-opening 42-20 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night. Leidner finished 9 for 17 with 144 yards, David Cobb carried 14 times for 78 yards and the defense delivered a punishing performance to overwhelm the Panthers, a perennial FCS power facing the...
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Tyler Mason's Aug. 27 Gophers mailbag

It's that time of year for the Gophers football mailbags. With Minnesota kicking off its season Thursday against Eastern Illinois, I took some time to answer your questions about the upcoming 2014 season. There was definitely an overall theme of optimism in this first group of questions, something I think is echoed among the Gophers players, too. So here it is, the first mailbag...
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2 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....
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers' Cockran plans to take game to another level in 2014

MINNEAPOLIS -- When defensive end Theiren Cockran led the Golden Gophers in sacks last year, he did so with the advantage of playing alongside Ra'Shede Hageman. With Hageman and his larger-than-life presence often attracting the attention of more than one opposing offensive lineman, it allowed Cockran to run around more freely. The result was a team-high 7 1/2 sacks and an additional...
Via Fox Sports North
15 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers RB Edwards works to be pass-catching threat

As the rest of his teammates filed into the locker room after practice, Gophers running back Berkley Edwards remained on the field. His work wasn't done yet. Thwack. The spiraling ball, fired from a passing machine, hit him in the hands. A coach loaded another football. Thwack. Again, Edwards made the catch, paying close attention to how the ball hit him in the gloves. Thwack...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers notebook: Offense still lagging behind defense

MINNEAPOLIS -- The expectation for 2014 was that the Gophers' offense would be improved, but Minnesota's defense would still be the stronger of the two units. A scrimmage Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium solidified that thought. While Minnesota's first-team offense was able to move the ball down the field under the direction of quarterback Mitch Leidner, the Gophers'...
Via Fox Sports North
19 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  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...
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25 days ago  |  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
26 days ago  |  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
29 days ago  |  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...
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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

Sweet combination back flip and catch by Minnesota WR Logan Hutton

This is a sweet combination back flip and double one handed catch by Minnesota WR Logan Hutton.  The Gophers can only hope Hutton can reproduce this sense of awe in the upcoming season.  This is still pretty cool. ICYMI. Not sure how you could though RT @CollegeGameDay: Logan Hutton catches two balls while performing back flip: http://t.co/ORrFb1DlcU — Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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