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

U's Leidner tries to beat the tweets

Quarterback Mitch Leidner, his own worst critic, ignores social media jabs.

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 09:46 AM

Citrus Bowl focus keeps U party plans on hold

For the first time since Dec. 31, 1961, a Gophers football team will be spending New Year’s Eve getting ready for a bowl game. With a noon kickoff Thursday for the Citrus Bowl, players aren’t too concerned about watching the ball drop.

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 09:38 AM

Leidner says the Florida heat feels good

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner talks to reporters after a recent practice in Orlando.

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 09:25 AM

Gophers preach less fun, more focus for Citrus Bowl

A year has passed. The Gophers feel they can admit it now. They lacked focus last December getting ready for the Texas Bowl and were upset by Syracuse.

Updated: December 30, 2014, - 12:05 PM

Kill credits players for better focus for this bowl

Gophers coach Jerry Kill talked to reporters after Monday's practice in Orlando.

Updated: December 30, 2014, - 12:05 PM

Kill says dismissal of Jones won't be a distraction

ORLANDO – Gophers coach Jerry Kill on Monday downplayed the impact of dismissing wide receiver Donovahn Jones, saying it hasn’t...

Updated: December 30, 2014, - 07:04 AM

Receiver Jones' dismissal adds to Gophers Citrus Bowl challenge

With the Gophers preparing to play Missouri in Thursday’s Citrus Bowl, Donovahn Jones was kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Updated: December 29, 2014, - 07:18 AM

Gophers football notes: Thompson credits ankle surgeries for his better speed

Cedric Thompson has recovered nicely from surgery on both ankles prior to this season.

Updated: December 28, 2014, - 11:40 PM

Thompson sees benefits of sharing his story

Gophers senior Cedric Thompson said he hoped to be a good role model for kids.

Updated: December 28, 2014, - 05:19 PM

Gophers' Campbell and former juco roommate reconnect in Orlando

Gophers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell's freshman year roommate at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College was Markus Golden, now a senior defensive end for Missouri. They'll meet in the Citrus Bowl.

Updated: December 27, 2014, - 09:38 PM

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