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

Winning Floyd back from Iowa is a heavy Gophers' burden

Gophers coach, players realize what the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy is all about.

Updated: September 28, 2013, - 07:49 AM

Gophers among best in limiting penalties, turnovers

The Gophers head into Saturday’s showdown with Iowa as one of the least penalized teams in the nation — and...

Updated: September 27, 2013, - 10:02 AM

College Football Insider: Let the real season begin

Saturday's Wisconsin-Ohio State game will have postseason ramifications.

Updated: September 26, 2013, - 08:00 PM

Gophers' big tackle Lauer hard to miss

Many college coaches missed on U tackle Ben Lauer after a knee injury in high school. They wish they had the 6-7, 308-pounder now.

Updated: September 26, 2013, - 11:38 AM

Gophers assistant feels personal connection in helping MD fundraiser

Gophers defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel never got the chance to meet his brother-in-law, Steven Rowe, but he’s heard the stories.

Updated: September 26, 2013, - 12:21 AM

Leidner appears headed for QB start in Gophers' Big Ten opener

Coach Jerry Kill says Philip Nelson’s hamstring not fully healed, opening the door for another possible start for Mitch Leidner.

Updated: September 25, 2013, - 12:27 AM

Same nonconference record, but Gophers look better this year

The Gophers have the same record as last year when they were thumped by the Hawkeyes.

Updated: September 23, 2013, - 02:50 PM

Gophers coach Kill back on job with his AD's full support

U athletic director stands behind football coach, who had a seizure Saturday.

Updated: September 23, 2013, - 01:57 PM

Gophers have perfect response in victory over San Jose State

A week after all the attention was on their ailing coach, the Gophers improved to 4-0 with a superb second...

Updated: September 22, 2013, - 03:28 PM

Gophers notes: Cobb is latest to have a strong run game

When it comes to distributing carries to their tailbacks, Gophers coaches often talk about playing the hot hand. And it seems to change every week.

Updated: September 22, 2013, - 12:07 AM

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