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' football recruits have growth potential

Jerry Kill’s fifth class is all three-star recruits. Now all he and his coaching staff have to do is turn them into overachievers

Updated: February 04, 2015, - 10:42 AM

U running back recruit could be a Canadian diamond in the rough

A few weeks after committing to the Gophers last summer, Canadian running back Jonathan Femi-Cole added a lasting memory to one of his typical eight-hour daily workouts.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 07:36 AM

Football, basketball, 'Excellence Center' move to front of U project

The University of Minnesota has begun shopping for a construction company to build its new athletics facilities village, and the latest project budget is $150 million, down from $190 million. Construction is slated to begin this fall.

Updated: January 20, 2015, - 06:45 AM

Three Gophers football players transfer

Three former three-star recruits have transferred from the Gophers football program this month, all of them in search of more playing time.

Updated: January 15, 2015, - 06:40 AM

Big Ten football 2015: A fascinating fall ahead

An early, early outlook at what is shaping up to be a fascinating fall for Big Ten football ... several months from now.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 06:42 AM

Gophers looking ahead to fall football, but have holes to fill

The Gophers of 2015 will lose some stars but are confident about their returnees.

Updated: January 04, 2015, - 09:27 AM

Gophers TE Williams decides it's 'the right time' for NFL dreams

Gophers All-America tight end Maxx Williams ended what little suspense remained Friday, announcing that he’ll leave college early to enter the NFL draft.

Updated: January 03, 2015, - 12:37 AM

Leidner shows signs of improvement in Citrus Bowl loss

Mitch Leidner had completed just 37 percent of his passes in the final three regular season games. He passed for a career-high 258 yards in the Citrus Bowl.

Updated: January 03, 2015, - 12:35 AM

New Year's Day bowl ends with familiar losing feeling for Gophers

Crucial mistakes turned the excitement of playing Jan. 1 into just another bowl game loss as the Gophers fell to Missouri in the Citrus Bowl.

Updated: January 02, 2015, - 09:08 AM

Despite loss, Gophers have much praise for Leidner

The Gophers had a lot to lament after Thursday’s 33-17 Citrus Bowl performance against Missouri. Mitch Leidner’s performance wasn’t one of them.

Updated: January 02, 2015, - 12:23 AM

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