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Key for the Gophers in keeping the sophomore running back contained will be the play of undersized tackle Steven Richardson.
The next 10 days — with games at Penn State and home against Iowa — could set the tone for the Gophers fan base for the rest of the season.
The Gophers remain shorthanded at cornerback heading into Saturday's game at Penn State, with KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford still suspended, and freshman Coney Durr out because of an unspecified injury.
Tai'yon Devers made another big hit to force another fumble Saturday, but the Gophers freshman sensation suffered a left ankle injury later in the game and didn't return.
With Shannon Brooks healthy, Rodney Smith continuing his roll and Mitch Leidner moving better than he has in two years, the Gophers used a potent running attack to defeat Colorado State 31-24 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Next week, the Gophers open Big Ten play before 106,000 fans at Penn State. But first: a rematch with the Colorado State team that took Minnesota to overtime last fall.
The defending Big Ten champions open league play against the Badgers.
Tyler Johnson was a standout quarterback, defensive back and basketball guard at once-troubled Minneapolis North. He's made a seamless transition to receiver for the Gophers.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said he suspended KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson for a violation of team rules. All four are part of a Minneapolis Police investigation.
Alleged pregame trash talk by Indiana State players and coaches inspired the Gophers to flex their Power 5 muscles in a big victory at TCF Bank Stadium.
Gophers left tackle Garrison Wright went to high school at one of Tracy Claeys' old rivals.
The Gophers had three players ejected for targeting in their season opener. Minnesota had only two targeting calls the previous four years, both overturned by replay.
Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys weighed the reward of icing Thursday night's game against the slim chance of the call backfiring.
Claeys said he was trying to avoid a scenario where Oregon State got the ball back with a chance to tie the score and force overtime.
The Gophers overcame upset-minded Oregon State - and three ejections - to win their season opener Thursday night despite trailing by six late in the third quarter.
Lakeville's Mitch Leidner opens his senior season Thursday night against Oregon State with a chance to shape a much grander ending to his Gophers career than quarterbacks before him.
Johnson was a standout quarterback and defensive back in high school, but he's been moved to wide receiver for the Gophers and will play right away as a freshman.
There's no such thing as a bad trip to the Rose Bowl, but Iowa's first visit since 1991 was humbling for the Hawkeyes and the entire Big Ten West.
There's no Ohio State or Michigan on the Gophers' football schedule. With the same quarterback, most top skill-position players and a similar defense, this theoretically should mean more wins.
On paper, the Gophers have a softer schedule, but careful of that finish
He's only a junior, but if Brandon Lingen can stay healthy, he looks ready to follow in the footsteps of former Gophers tight ends Maxx Williams, Matt Spaeth and Ben Utecht.
The sources said the university's internal investigation into Robinson's handling of the alleged use and sale of the prescription sedative Xanax by Gophers wrestlers is complete, with a report on the matter expected soon.
A mixed history with junior college transfers doesn't stop the U football team from leaning on them.
Mitch Leidner is the undisputed starting quarterback for the Gophers, but the backup spot remains a question nine days before the season opener.
Kill takes the high road in "Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time," a book co-authored by Jim Bruton. The book will be released next month.
Rashad Still didn't start playing football until midway through high school, and sometimes for the Gophers receiver, this all still looks like a lark
Tracy Claeys took the delicate but necessary step Thursday of naming an acting linebackers coach, choosing Keith Jordan.
With Shannon Brooks injured and Rodney Smith resting, Kobe McCrary impressed coaches Saturday.
The team and family are keeping details of Mike Sherels' medical condition private. Players press forward, determined to honor their beloved assistant coach.
With Gophers football season ticket sales slumping, Athletic Director Mark Coyle has pulled the plug on a scheduled "scholarship seating" price increase for 2017.
Drew Wolitarsky was born and raised in Southern California, but his father's side of the family has deep Minnesota roots.
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks will be out three to five weeks because of a foot injury, meaning he might miss the start of…
The Gophers have one of the top field-goal kickers in the Big Ten, and they are shifting him to punter.
Brooks missed practice because of a foot injury and was being re-evaluated. He made a brief appearance near the sideline and then continued receiving treatment.
The senior right tackle from Blue Earth entered Gophers training camp ready to raise his stock for the NFL draft -- and on board with a new team culture.
Gophers linebacker Cody Poock intercepted Mitch Leidner's pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown on the very first play of Saturday's full team drill. But things got better.
Dave Aranda flummoxed the Gophers with his deceptive blitzing strategies for three years as Wisconsin's defensive coordinator. But after taking a new job, he was open to helping a former rival.
Improvements in five categories will help determine whether the team meets the lofty goals espoused by coach Tracy Claeys, who is starting his first full season as head coach.
Amid his offseason preparation, Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys knew one sure way to stay centered. He returned to the place where he grew up as a quiet, industrious kid from a family that worked tirelessly to survive financially.
One day after the Gophers took their turn at Big Ten Media Days, their two border rivals were in the spotlight Tuesday, explaining their strengths and weaknesses.
Mitch Leidner remembers being in the weight room when he first heard he'd been projected as a first-round pick in a "Way-too-early 2017 NFL Mock Draft" by an ESPN analyst.
CHICAGO – The deaths of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler hit especially hard for former Gopher Peter Mortell.This…
Big Ten media days start Monday in Chicago, and there will be heavy hearts after Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car crash Saturday.
"Easier" schedule fails to inspire confidence: team picked to finish 5th in West in preseason poll.
She will be chief operating officer for Huskies athletics.
Speaking to supporters on the Gopher Road Trip, Don Lucia took a jab at former AD Norwood Teague, who was seldom seen at Mariucci Arena.
Junior Austin Athmann helped power Minnesota to a surprising season, and a spot in the NCAA regionals.
New athletic director Mark Coyle placed wrestling coach J Robinson on paid leave during the school's investigation into his team's alleged drug abuse.
On his first official day on the job, fans in Hutchinson greeted new Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle with concerns and optimism. "It's really tough staying loyal," one fan said.
The drug abuse controversy that started one week ago within the University of Minnesota wrestling team escalated again Tuesday.
J Robinson's agent disputed allegations that the Gophers wrestling coach covered up a prescription drug issue within the team, saying Robinson informed interim athletic director Beth Goetz of the situation.
Four days after their longtime pitching coach's death from leukemia, the Gophers arrived at their clubhouse Monday, unsure they'd get another chance to don the maroon and gold.
Allegations of drug abuse by wrestlers add to the new Gophers AD's long to-do list.
J Robinson, the longtime, title-winning Gophers wrestling coach, is under investigation in a drug case involving members of his team.
Todd Oakes, who spent 18 years as Gophers pitching coach, mentoring Twins closer Glen Perkins and others, died Thursday after a four-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia, his family confirmed. He was 55.
Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson offered "amnesty" to any athlete who cooperated and declined to provide information to police, a wrestler says.
Thirteen months after taking an 86-miles-per-hour fastball to the face, Dan Motl is among the leaders of a team that enters the Big Ten baseball tournament Wednesday as the No. 1 seed.
Big Ten champs drop regular-season finale but enter conference tournament with lofty aspirations.
The Gophers baseball team has heavy hearts as they try to win a Big Ten championship this weekend. Pitching coach Todd Oakes this week was placed in home hospice care.
Taylor LeMay has started all but three games at catcher for the Gophers the past three years and is a key part of their success heading into Friday's NCAA tournament opener against North Dakota State.
Sara Groenewegen's two-day Big Ten tournament totals: 24 innings pitched, six earned runs, 29 strikeouts — and 395 pitches. Oh, and a three-run home run.
"I know my coaching career's over, and I understand that," Jerry Kill said. "But I just can't sit around and look at a lake and roll my fingers. That'd be the worst health [decision] I could ever make."
Ryan Santoso will replace Peter Mortell as the Gophers punter this fall, giving up most of the team's placekicking duties, coach Tracy Claeys said Monday.
New Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said that he hasn't purposely gone seeking difficult jobs. "That's just how it's played out," he said.
Coyle, 47, received a five-year contract with a base salary of $850,000 per year. He had previously served as the Syracuse AD, but left that post after less than 11 months on the job.
Mark Coyle barely had time to introduce himself to Gophers coaches as their new athletics director, yet his presence already could be felt around campus.
Eric Kaler hired Coyle to help restore the Gophers' integrity, luring the former U athletics official away from Syracuse University after only 11 months there.
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota, according to an internal university audit obtained by the Star Tribune.
Interim AD Beth Goetz and three outside candidates are being interviewed this week. Two sources believe president Eric Kaler could have his preferred candidate picked within a few days.
The hard-hitting Gophers are second in the Big Ten as the regular season schedule wraps up this weekend with a three-game series at Iowa.
Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner had been listed as a possible 2017 draft sleeper. On Thursday, the hype went to a new level.In his "Way-too-early 2017…
Sources say a group of top candidates, consisting of interim AD Beth Goetz and eight men with Upper Midwest ties, has emerged.
Four from the U were drafted in 2015, and three could be selected in middle to late rounds this year.
Lovie Smith's arrival could revitalize the Illini, which means trouble for the Gophers and other Big Ten teams.
At a time when some boosters are pushing for former Gophers who've succeeded outside the college sports realm, the job description shows those candidates could face an uphill climb.
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