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

Gophers hear the buzz but stay focused on Boilermakers

The Gophers and Iowa sit atop the Big Ten West Division at 2-0 heading into Saturday. Minnesota's confidence is growing along with its ambitions, but the team remains focused.

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 07:03 AM

College Football Insider: Dak who? From a nobody to a Heisman favorite

Quarterback Dak Prescott is a big reason Mississippi State has vaulted to No. 1 in the country.

Updated: October 17, 2014, - 12:41 AM

Gophers football notes: Defense has some sure tacklers

When Northwestern defeated Wisconsin 20-14 two weeks ago, the Badgers threw four costly interceptions, but Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen also...

Updated: October 16, 2014, - 08:16 PM

Gophers notes: Punter Mortell improving but expects more

Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Peter Mortell’s ability to change field position is “the difference between winning and losing.”

Updated: October 16, 2014, - 12:19 AM

Emphasis on defense paying dividends for Gophers football

The Gophers’ strong start is largely due to a top-20 defense that has drawn a hard line on scoring.

Updated: October 16, 2014, - 12:10 AM

Botticelli explains Gophers' defensive goal

Gophers senior defensive tackle Cameron Botticelli explains why allowing 17 points or fewer is a team goal.

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 08:56 PM

U's Leidner more confident after sitting out game with injuries

Sitting out San Jose game gave him better perspective.

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 03:37 PM

Freshman Mayes shifted from center to fill need at guard

Connor Mayes was one of the nation’s top high school centers last year at Van Alstyne (Texas) High School, but the Gophers moved him to guard during training camp, knowing that’s where they might need him.

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 08:16 AM

Kill impressed by Purdue's toughness

Jerry Kill talks about the Gophers' next opponent at Tuesday's news conference.

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 06:50 AM

Gophers victory shows importance of special teams

Jalen Myrick's 100-yard kickoff return was the highlight but the Gophers also excelled on their kicks and punts Saturday against Northwestern.

Updated: October 13, 2014, - 09:38 AM

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