Minnesota Football: Is this Jerry Kill’s defining year

Every coach comes to a crossroad in their career, but typically the head coach of a team that was in rebuilding mode when they took the job gets a little more leeway if their defining season takes a wrong turn. This will likely be true about head coach Jerry Kill. Kill is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Gophers and in his tenure things have turned for the good...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers season preview

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have improved in each of head coach Jerry Kill’s first three seasons, and managed to reach the Texas Bowl in 2013. Kill’s health has been a concern for Gophers fans after several sideline epileptic seizures, however the coach maintains that he is good to go for 2014. Philip Nelson was the main play caller for Minnesota in 2013, but decided to transfer...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: The defensive line will be fine next season

Senior’s graduate and that means other players have to step up. The Gophers lost one of their best defensive lineman in the past decade, Ra’Shede Hageman, but the consensus shows that the rest of the defensive line is primed to have big 2014-15 seasons in his absence. Aside from Hageman last season there were a few guys in particular that had nice years. Theiren Cockran recorded...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: A look at the career of Ra’Shede Hageman

The Gophers haven’t had too many players make an impact on defense like linebacker Ra’Shede Hagman has in the past decade. Hageman was not a recruit to brag about when he signed his LOI with the Gophers in 2010 but his development was quite impressive. Scouts ranted and raved about Hageman’s size. At 6’6 311 pounds, Hageman had an NFL ready body coming into Minnesota but...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Thumb healed, Streveler could challenge to be Gophers' starting QB

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Chris Streveler dropped a deep sideline pass squarely into the hands of Devon Wright in an 11-on-11 drill Tuesday, his teammates hooted and hollered in excitement. The bystanders watching would likely never have guessed that the Gophers' redshirt freshman quarterback had ever suffered a major thumb injury. Streveler tore a tendon in his right thumb in a practice...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers' passing game will feature new faces in new roles

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the 2013 football season started, the Gophers were hoping wide receivers Derrick Engel and Isaac Fruechte would emerge as go-to targets for quarterback Philip Nelson. One year later, the landscape of Minnesota's aerial attack has completely changed. Engel graduated after suffering a torn ACL during his senior year. Fruechte will be a redshirt senior in 2014...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: Could Tracy Claeys be a head coach someday?

Minnesota Football: Could Tracy Claeys be a head coach someday?One could rephrase this headline to a successful head coach someday, and I think Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys will leave Minnesota after this season to be a head coach somewhere. Claeys didn’t get the credit he deserved for how he kept the Gophers afloat last season. With Kill stepping  down temporarily due to...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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: Kill’s restructed contract is well-deserved

Minnesota Football: Kill’s restructed contract is well-deservedMinnesota Athletic Director, Norwood Teague, must be pleased with the job his football coach has been doing. Extending head coach Jerry Kill’s contract an extra year was a gutsy move seeing as the football program has been in shambles over the past decade, but this move is going to pay off because Kill is turning...
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February 23, 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

QB Nelson transferring from Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson is leaving the program. According to a statement given to KFAN on Thursday, the Minnesota native said he wants to find "a system that centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets." Nelson also thanked head coach Jerry Kill for the opportunity, noting that he has the "utmost respect" for Kill. ...
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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: Grading the season

The season has been over for a few weeks and after a lot of analysis I would give the season a B-. Many factors go into this grade, here are the most important ones: 1. .500 conference record The Gophers were projected to be at the bottom of the Big 10 this season record wise and this was quite the shock. Beating a team like Nebraska certainly gives this conference record for the...
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January 05, 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

Gophers report card: Offense lacking in bowl loss

With a bowl victory in their sights, the Minnesota Golden Gophers saw the Texas Bowl slip away in the final minutes as Syracuse escaped with a 21-17 victory in Houston. Neither team found much of a rhythm in the first half, and it wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Gophers found the end zone. The loss marks the second time in as many years that Minnesota ended its season...
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December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things to watch in Texas Bowl

For the second time in as many years, the University of Minnesota football team is playing in Houston for its bowl game. The Gophers will take on six-win Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Friday at Reliant Stadium. Minnesota finished the regular season 8-4, while the Orange snuck in to a bowl game thanks to a last-minute win in its final game of the year. Here are five things to watch...
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December 26, 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

RaShede Hageman focused on bowl game; NFL to come later

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just one game lies between Ra'Shede Hagemanand potentially millions of dollars.Hageman is expected to be a late first-round pick in theupcoming NFL Draft. His 6-foot-6, 311-pound frame just has the look of aprofessional defensive lineman, and his performance throughout his career atMinnesota backs up that notion.The dream of playing in the NFL, one Hageman has...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

RaShede Hageman focused on bowl game; NFL to come later

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just one game lies between Ra'Shede Hagemanand potentially millions of dollars.Hageman is expected to be a late first-round pick in theupcoming NFL Draft. His 6-foot-6, 311-pound frame just has the look of aprofessional defensive lineman, and his performance throughout his career atMinnesota backs up that notion.The dream of playing in the NFL, one Hageman has...
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December 16, 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

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