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

How the Big Ten got in big trouble

With a 1-10 record against teams from the other Power Five conferences, the Big Ten has become a national punch line again. And this didn’t happen overnight.

Updated: September 19, 2014, - 01:01 PM

Williams, Maye added to Gophers' growing football injury list

The Gophers released their injury report for Saturday’s game against San Jose State, and Maxx Williams and KJ Maye were listed as questionable, along with left guard Zac Epping and quarterback Mitch Leidner.

Updated: September 19, 2014, - 06:15 AM

Gophers ready to get back into sack business

The Gophers had no sacks in the loss to TCU last week but expect more chances to pressure San Jose State’s QB.

Updated: September 18, 2014, - 01:06 PM

Leidner's status at QB for Gophers vs. San Jose State in doubt

If Mitch Leidner isn’t ready, the Gophers would turn to redshirt freshman Chris Streveler. The No. 3 quarterback is Jacques Perra, a walk-on from Roseville.

Updated: September 18, 2014, - 12:34 AM

Cockran not worried about Gophers sack total

Gophers defensive end Theiren Cockran, still seeking his first sack, says wins are more important than his personal stats.

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 10:26 PM

Gophers' Leidner fights to get back on track

Mitch Leidner seeks to get on track, mentally and physically, in time for San Jose State.

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 07:38 AM

Gophers concerned with offensive line play

While fans and media fixated over Mitch Leidner’s knee injury and David Cobb’s ankle injury after Saturday’s loss to TCU,...

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 07:38 AM

Loss to TCU leaves Gophers, including Leidner, banged up

A toe injury has QB Mitch Leidner’s status up in the air, and other Gophers are hurting, too.

Updated: September 14, 2014, - 11:02 PM

Gophers trounced 30-7 by TCU

It was billed as a battle between Jerry Kill and Gary Patterson, two old friends. But the Horned Frogs were anything but hospitable. The Gophers saw their 10-game non-conference winning streak come to an end.

Updated: September 14, 2014, - 08:07 AM

Gophers football notes: Cobb plays through injury

After Saturday’s 30-7 loss to TCU, coach Jerry Kill revealed that running back David Cobb was limited all week in practice because of an ankle injury.

Updated: September 13, 2014, - 11:59 PM

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