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KJ Maye has 21 receptions for 254 yards and three touchdowns this season.
The Gophers will have eight starters out with injuries for Saturday’s football game at Purdue, coach Jerry Kill said.
In 32 years of coaching, the Gophers' Jerry Kill said he's never seen injuries like Minnesota has now. Up to 20 players have missed time this week.
The Gophers coach wants a greater emphasis on the running game, no matter who starts at quarterback.
The Gophers could get one of two injured offensive line starters back for Saturday’s game at Purdue, with left guard Jon Christenson returning from knee surgery.
Special teams lapses continue to plague the Gophers, continuing an uncharacteristic trend for a Jerry Kill-coached team.
The Gophers opened Big Ten play with a big thud as the 16th-ranked Wildcats used a dominant defense and an efficient offense to throttle Minnesota 27-0.
As the Gophers prepare to open Big Ten play at No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday, they can thank Georgia for the new ground attack they have established in Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks.
Gophers running back Rodney Smith and linebacker Jonathan Celestin are best friends and former teammates from Mundy’s Mill High School in Jonesboro, Ga.
One man's prediction for Saturday's game.
Northwestern quickly alternates between using zero, one or two running backs, and one or two tight ends.
The Gophers have two freshmen entrenched at tailback, in Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, but coach Jerry Kill said he’s not concerned that this might create discontent among the team’s older running backs.
A knee injury to Briean Boddy-Calhoun tops a long list of ailments entering the Big Ten schedule.
Homecoming was a happy one at TCF Bank Stadium after the Gophers went 78 yards for the decisive score over Ohio.
Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith did a pretty good imitation of what the Gophers had in 2003 and 2004, when Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber were both putting up 1,000-yard seasons.
In these high-scoring days, the Gophers instead have a stout defense and a groan-inducing offense
One man's prediction for Saturday's game.
Coming off Saturday’s 10-7 win over Kent State, the Gophers have hunkered down, looking for answers on how to kick-start the offense.
“I have a ton of confidence in myself,” Gophers' junior quarterback Micth Leidner said Tuesday, three days after a shaky victory over Kent State.
Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Sunday that the team is strongly considering pulling a redshirt to bolster an injury-depleted offensive line.
If the Gophers hoped to build a commanding lead so they could look at another quarterback option beyond Mitch Leidner, Saturday turned into a wasted opportunity.
Kent State’s only touchdown came on an 85-yard fumble return by Golden Flashes cornerback Demetrius Monday.
The Gophers plan to experiment on offense against Kent State but first and foremost against the MAC foe: No injuries.
The Gophers take on Kent State at 11 a.m. Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Receiver KJ Maye took a big hit in the fourth quarter at Colorado State, before catching his touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining.
Safety Adekunle Ayinde and tight end Nick Hart played important roles in win over Colorado State.
The Gophers were in an offensive rut Saturday, going their first six drives without a first down. But once they broke that skid — on a third-down pass from Mitch Leidner to Brandon Lingen — they sped things up with their no-huddle offense.
Ryan Santoso’s 18-yard field goal gave the Gophers a 23-20 overtime victory Saturday over Colorado State. It was a game Gophers coach Jerry Kill said, "certainly wasn't pretty."
Everett Williams and Jonathan Celestin started in the spots that Cody Poock and De’Vondre Campbell had held in the opener against TCU.
Gophers coaches Jerry Kill and Matt Limegrover, no strangers to reviving flatlining offenses, made 31 points and 400 yards the unit’s new benchmark.
Joe Christensen breaks down Saturday's game.
“When he wasn’t getting hit in the back, he threw the ball pretty well,” coach Jerry Kill said of quarterback Mitch Leidner's season debut last week.
Josh Campion's return to the Gophers will help, but coach Jerry Kill said Wednesday two tight ends — Lincoln Plsek and Duke Anyanwu — might miss the entire season because of injuries.
The Rams went 10-3 last year, including wins over Colorado and Boston College, and clobbered Savannah State 65-13 in Saturday’s opener. They have a new quarterback and coach this fall.
The Gophers sound determined to give redshirt freshman Rodney Smith a bigger role in the offense heading into Saturday’s game at Colorado State.
Eric Murray wanted to play wide receiver, but Gophers defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel got hold of him and helped turn him into one of the best cornerbacks in the country.
The Gophers played their season opener Thursday without senior offensive lineman Josh Campion, who had started all 39 games the previous three seasons.
TCU outgained the Gophers 449-341, but the main difference was Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin – and two crushing first-half fumbles by the Gophers.
A big challenge, and golden opportunity, await the Gophers in their season opener against national title contender TCU
With Maxx Williams off to the NFL, 6-10 Nate Wozniak will step in.
The football coaching tree that produced the Gophers’ Jerry Kill and TCU’s Gary Patterson is rooted in small-town Kansas, and the trunk is legendary coach Dennis Franchione.
Mike Riley and Paul Chryst have ties nearly a quarter-century old. Now, they meet in the Big Ten.
Ohio State and Michigan hog the attention, but don’t sleep on Michigan State.
KJ Maye is usually the first teammate Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner mentions when asked which receivers have been standing out in practice.
The Gophers spent spring practice experimenting heavily with a no-huddle offense, but this month they’ve been huddling regularly again.
The Gophers believe they can fill David Cobb’s shoes. Rodrick Williams Jr. is expected to be the starter Sept. 3, when the Gophers open against TCU
The Gophers' QB threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and took two sacks in last year's game at TCU but is impressed with how far the team has come since then.
Three coaches new to their teams will visit TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers face No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus, and none of Minnesota’s other road games is a gimme — at Colorado State, at Northwestern, at Purdue and at Iowa.
All are NFL prospects after arriving at U unheralded.
The Gophers football team continued to experiment with Chris Streveler at positions other than quarterback during Thursday night’s scrimmage, and coach Jerry Kill came away impressed.
Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Wednesday that he continues to feel good about the team’s running backs, though he mentioned an ankle injury for Berkley Edwards.
Jeff Jones, a highly touted running back recruit who converted to wide receiver, missed practice Wednesday because of an unspecified injury.
Two Gophers linemen are on the mend from a broken leg and a heart infection.
True freshman Demry Croft has a chance to climb to No. 2 on the Gophers’ quarterback depth chart this season, if not higher.
Duke Anyanwu has been slowed by knee surgery, while Lincoln Plsek hasn't practiced because of a back injury.
Duke Anyanwu had knee surgery and Lincoln Plsek is sidelined by a back injury.
The U’s first-team offense and defense also shined at times in a scrimmage.
Gophers football coach Jerry Kill said it's important the University get it right when it comes to building the new athletics facilities since it's only going to be built "once."
The raise leaves Jerry Kill eighth among the highest-paid Big Ten coaches. The one-year extension means that Kill is now under contract to Minnesota through 2019.
After tough high school years playing for the Fighting Farmers of Lewisville High, three Gophers from the Texas school are seeking more success in college.
Protecting quarterback Mitch Leidner’s blind side is the left tackle’s primary responsibility, and defensive end Hank Ekpe made it tough on replacements Foster Bush and Quinn Oseland.
In June, Mitch Leidner attended the Manning Passing Academy — Peyton, Eli, Archie and friends — and came back “a different kid,” Gophers' coach Jerry Kill said
Beth Goetz wasted little time establishing her presence around the Gophers football program one day after being named Minnesota’s interim athletics director.
Gophers coach Jerry Kill’s first fall practice was overshadowed by Norwood Teague’s resignation.
They’ve got the Leidners (Mitch and Matt), the Ekpes (Scott and Hendrick), the Mayes (Alex and Connor) and the Huffs (Julian and Jacob) — one team, four sets of brothers. (And there's more, including two Moores who aren't related.)
The Gophers need better wide receiver production this year. That’s no secret, and they aren’t limiting the competition to players who have specialized at that position.
TCU’s visit, more time on TV help fuel the Gophers' resurgence.
Jerry Kill said he hasn't had a seizure in more than 18 months.
The 2014 national champions are ranked No. 1 by coaches, but even they have their issues.
Each team can bring three players, and Gophers coach Jerry Kill is taking quarterback Mitch Leidner, cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun and defensive end Theiren Cockran.
The media picked Wisconsin as the favorite to win the Big Ten West Division on Monday, and Gophers football coach Jerry Kill didn’t disagree.
Jojo Garcia, a top lineman who’s committed to play for the Gophers, is transferring from East Ridge to Simley for his senior year. He was deemed ineligible to play because of a dispute over his residence.
Amanda Kessel’s electrifying career with the Gophers women’s hockey team officially has ended because of lingering concussion effects from her time playing for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team.
The more polished Paul Chryst will add his own spin to the Big Ten football contenders at Wisconsin.
The school said pushing the vote back won’t delay the project’s completion date.
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