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Former Gophers Boddy-Calhoun, Campbell contribute in Shrine game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Gophers Briean Boddy-Calhoun and De'Vondre Campbell each recorded one tackle, helping the helping the West to a 29-9 victory in the 91st East-West Shrine game on Saturday.Boddy-Calhoun, a 5-foot-11 cornerback from Deleware, played four years for Minnesota, recording 113 tackles and 10 interceptions. He earned All-Big Ten Third Team by the media as...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Under the radar draft pick – Eric Murray

Eric Murray is a prototype cornerback for the NFL. The fiery cornerback for the Minnesota Golden Gophers has every bit the characteristics of NFL cornerback, Cortland Finnegan. At 6″0, 199lbs, Murray has a great size and speed combination. He is also a disruptive player in pass protection as well as a capable tackler in run defense. During a four season stretch with the Golden...
Via EndZoneScore
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Gophers’ Mitch Leidner shows continued growth as a passer in Quick Lane Bowl victory

It wasn’t pretty on the scoreboard, but there was something very pretty hidden inside the 21-14 victory for the Minnesota Gophers on Monday night. That was the play of quarterback Mitch Leidner. The junior quarterback has been much maligned as a passer, but as the offense needed him to be just that, he’s come up big. No game proved that more than the Quick Lane Bowl, as Leidner...
Via Talking 10
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Leidner leads Minnesota over CMU 21-14 in Quick Lane Bowl

DETROIT (AP) Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner ran 13 yards for a touchdown with 4:26 remaining, and the Golden Gophers held on for a 21-14 win over Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday night. Minnesota (6-7) ended a trying season on a positive note. Coach Jerry Kill retired in late October because of continued difficulty managing his epilepsy and his job. The Gophers...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick Lane Bowl Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Central Michigan

Bowl: Quick Lane Bowl Teams: Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-7) vs Central Michigan (7-5) Date & Time: December 28th , 2015 (5pm ET, ESPN2) Line: Minnesota -4.5 How They Got Here: The Minnesota Gophers had a difficult and trying year to say the least. There were high aspirations coming off a sensational 2014 campaign. However, the injury bug hit early and often and to key positions...
Via Know It All Football
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick Lane Bowl Preview: Minnesota vs. Central Michigan

When: Mon. Dec. 28; 5p.m. ETWhere: Detroit, MI; Ford Field (65,000)TV: ESPN2All-Time Series: Minnesota leads, 1-0Last Meeting: Minnesota won 30-10 (Sept. 26, 1987)Line: Minnesota -6.5 1 Burning Question: What Will Change For Gophers?  Minnesota had a lot of change happen this season, including a shock retirement of head coach Jerry Kill and interim head coach Tracy Claeys...
Via Talking 10
December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner to play in bowl game before having surgery

Starting Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner has had a good season for the Golden Gophers this year and it looks like he is need for a little maintenance. However, he is going to play one more game before he goes under the knife. According to reports, Leidner is going to play in the team’s Quick Lane Bowl game against Central Michigan before undergoing surgery. He has been dealing...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Gophers punter donating bowl gifts and raising $25k for children's hospital

Every once in while, among the endless stream of bad stories in sports we find a real gem. Minnesota Golden Gophers punter Peter Mortell is a selfless and genuinely nice a young man as you will find in college football. Last season, he used his $452 Best Buy gift card from the Gophers' Citrus Bowl package last season to purchase gifts for children at the St. Joseph's Home for Children...
Via Fox Sports
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota punter donates bowl gifts to children’s hopsital

Minnesota punter Peter Mortell is not only the 2015 “Holder of the Year” and a legend on social media, but a downright great guy as well. He proved that just a week before the Golden Gophers’ Quick Lane Bowl game. Everyone knows that the players get cool gifts for participating in a bowl game. Mortell made sure that some children at the St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NU holder responds to Minnesota holder’s proclamation

Punters have another job besides kicking the ball away, as these men are also drafted into fielding the snaps and holding the ball steady on field goal attempts. Minnesota punter Peter Mortell recently tweeted out a picture of himself holding the ball and declared himself “the Holder of the Year.” As a result, Northwestern holder Christian Salem upped the stakes on Twitter. ...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota's Peter Mortell awards himself 'Holder of the Year' for placeholding excellence

Minnesota Golden Gophers senior Peter Mortell is the team's punter and also the placeholder -- two crucial but usually thankless jobs offering little notoriety unless disaster strikes. Case in point: Fellow Big Ten punter Blake O'Neill of Michigan.On Tuesday, the Big Ten announced its conference's team and individual award winners, which made no mention of special teamers, including...
Via Fox Sports
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Tracy Claeys and a miserable week for Minnesota

Before Saturday night’s game between his Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines, Tracy Claeys spoke movingly to his team. He spoke about the people who wear the Minnesota uniform, who owe a debt to former coach Jerry Kill for improving the Golden Gopher program and giving a lot of men — 20 years old and 45 years old — a very precious opportunity. It was a great...
Via The Student Section
November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Michigan beats Minnesota with goal-line stand

The end to the Michigan-Minnesota game was not exactly a ringing endorsement of interim Gophers coach Tracy Claeys. The Gophers appeared to take the lead on a beautiful touchdown throw by Mitch Leidner to Drew Wolitarsky. but a review showed that he was down at the one yard line. Down 29-26, with a timeout left, Minnesota wasted most of its time before a Leidner incompletion on...
Via College Spun
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Minnesota reveals new anthracite uniforms

Minnesota will be wearing a different look when it hosts Michigan tonight. The Gophers unveiled their new anthracite uniforms on Twitter a short time ago.  They’re heeere. #MICHvsMINN pic.twitter.com/KStIr9dfzS — Minnesota Gophers (@GopherSports) October 31, 2015   Combo for the day. New all anthracite unis! Players love them and they look great! pic.twitter.com/PpvfQ9Afqc...
Via College Spun
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Kill: A coaching rarity

Earlier this week, Jerry Kill announced he was stepping down as the Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach due to health concerns. His exit isn't like Steve Spurrier's at South Carolina, or Steve Sarkisian's at Southern California, and no where close to Al Golden and Randy Edsall being sent their walking papers – all of those guys suffered from self-inflicted problems within their...
Via The Sports Quotient
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota walk-on shares touching tribute to Jerry Kill

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill resigned earlier today due to health concerns. Throughout the day, tributes to Kill have been pouring in from all over the college football world. One particularly touching one came from Cavonte Johnson, a walk-on defensive back for the Gophers. On Facebook, Johnson detailed how Kill was willing to give him a chance when he was a senior coming off...
Via College Spun
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Gophers head coach Jerry Kill retiring due to health reasons

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill announced Wednesday morning that he is stepping down from his position due to health reasons. Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will assume the role of interim coach.  Coach Kill announced today that he is retiring effective immediately due to health reasons. Tracy Claeys has been named interim head coach. — Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball...
Via College Spun
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

College football teams missing quality quarterback play

It’s commonplace in football: A team has a sound defense and — at least in first halves if not second halves — will be competitive precisely because its defense isn’t going to let a game spiral out of its control. The offensive line is capable of providing good run blocking. Just about everything’s there … … except for the quarterback. Despite the “11-men-on-a-side...
Via The Student Section
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota using ‘dramatic squirrel’ to distract kickers

    The Minnesota Gophers have come up with a unique way of distracting opposing kickers this season, and it involves a squirrel. But not just any squirrel. This one is internet famous. When TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom lined up for a field goal facing the videoboard at TCF Bank Stadium Thursday night, he found himself face to face with the infamous “dramatic squirrel.” The...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota loses against TCU, but shows it belongs

Everyone in Minneapolis and around these United States knew that the Minnesota Golden Gophers faced very small margins on Thursday night against the TCU Horned Frogs. When you’re a 16-point underdog, it only stands to reason that winning a game demands not just a spirited and resilient effort, but one imbued with enough airtight precision to matter. Effort keeps teams in the...
Via The Student Section
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota RB Rodrick Williams has an awesome pet lizard

Today, in the world of athletes with unique pets, we focus on Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Rodrick Williams Jr. and his savannah monitor, who is 10 months old and two feet long. Brian Bennett of ESPN recently wrote a story on Williams and the lizard, named “Kill” after the dragon Kilgharrah on the TV series “Merlin,” as well as Gophers head coach Jerry Kill. Even...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Bloguin Top 50: No. 46 — Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2014 Record: 8-5 Overall, 5-3 Big Ten (lost bowl game) 1 Burning Question: Does Minnesota realistically have the best chance to win the Big Ten West? Minnesota has improved in record (either overall, in conference, or both) every year since Jerry Kill was hired. However, Minnesota has been sort of stuck in this nexus of 8 wins max for seemingly most of...
Via The Student Section
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: Looking at the 2015 Defense

How have the Minnesota Gophers gone from doormats to challengers for a division crown in just four years time? By doing the classic Big Ten things — have a powerful running game and playing some stout defense. While the Gophers defensive group has never been loaded with stars that national pundits or fans would talk about on a daily basis, there has never been a lack of quality...
Via Talking 10
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: The Emergence of the Gophers

Jerry Kill Overall record seems to be the biggest indicator for evaluating the strength of a collegiate football program; however, one statistic has proven to be more important for analyzing these programs and where they’re headed—the number of players that a team sends to the NFL Draft. The reason is simple; most top recruits expect to go to the NFL, but they want to make sure...
Via isportsweb.com
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Philip Nelson Hits Reset Button, Joins South Alabama

Former Minnesota and Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson has resurfaced again, and with a new FBS team. Speaking to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Nelson’s father stated that his son will join the South Alabama Jaguars of the Sun Belt Conference. Nelson last played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2013, the year before he transferred to Rutgers. In two seasons...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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