Joe Christensen

Gophers football reporter | Gophers, Big Ten
Phone: 612-673-7844
Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

Recent content from Joe Christensen

Jonah Pirsig ready to prove his worth

Jonah Pirsig talks about potentially making his first career start for the Gophers.

Updated: August 21, 2014, - 10:19 PM

Gophers' safety Thompson continues to expand coverage

After coming to campus as a complete unknown in 2011, senior safety Cedric Thompson has emerged as this team’s de-facto captain, alongside quarterback Mitch Leidner.

Updated: August 21, 2014, - 06:44 AM

Cedric Thompson relishes brother's success

Gophers safety Cedric Thompson has a brother, Tedric, who is starting at safety for Colorado.

Updated: August 20, 2014, - 11:02 PM

Kill sees similarities between E. Illinois, NDSU football teams

Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Eastern Illinois is the same caliber team, athletically, as North Dakota State, the three-time defending FBS national champion.

Updated: August 20, 2014, - 12:21 AM

Mitch Leidner can't wait to start Gophers season

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner talks after Tuesday's practice about his excitement for the season's first game, Aug. 28 against Eastern...

Updated: August 19, 2014, - 09:44 PM

Gophers kicker Ryan Santoso explains why redshirt year helped him

Ryan Santoso arrived on the University of Minnesota campus last year as a 280-pound kicker and somewhat of a novelty...

Updated: August 18, 2014, - 07:41 AM

Claeys molding a strong defense for Gophers football

The Gophers' defense has steadily improved under the guidance of coordinator Tracy Claeys. He inherited a team that ranked 98th nationally in scoring defense four years ago, at 33.0 points per game. By last year, it ranked 25th.

Updated: August 18, 2014, - 07:18 AM

Gophers true freshman Elmore looks the part at defensive end

The Gophers moved true freshman Gaelin Elmore from tight end to defensive end this week, and it sounds like the Somerset, Wis., native is on the fast track for playing time.

Updated: August 16, 2014, - 12:39 AM

Mike Sherels sizes up the Gophers linebackers

Gophers linebacker coach Mike Sherels analyzes his group after Friday's practice.

Updated: August 15, 2014, - 08:19 PM

True freshman: Defensive tackle Richardson impresses for Gophers

Steven Richardson, a true freshman from Chicago, has played himself into the Gophers defensive tackle rotation.

Updated: August 14, 2014, - 10:14 AM

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