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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.
The Gophers have continued to build recruiting momentum since March, when Eden Prairie linebacker Carter Coughlin picked them over offers from Ohio State and Oregon, the teams that played for last season’s national title.
Twitter's 302 million users allow vitriol to hit people in an ugly place that’s hard to avoid, especially for this phone-clutching generation of college athletes.
In the latest report, released Wednesday, all 25 Gophers teams cleared the score required to avoid penalties, and 19 teams showed improvement.
Jonah Pirsig spends fall Saturdays using his 320-pound body to shield the Gophers’ backfield from danger. But on a recent morning, that same huge force of nature came strolling into Edina Highlands Elementary, wearing a sweater, jeans and boat shoes..
Jim Delany’s idea of making freshmen ineligible in football and men’s basketball has drawn plenty of attention and scorn.
The school has raised $70 million of its $150 million goal, with more gains expected soon.
By earning his degree, Gophers football legend Bobby Bell is fulfilling a promise to his father.
Many draft analysts say David Cobb is an underrated prospect.
Last year, Minnesota had six consecutive 11 a.m. kickoffs. But this fall, the Gophers are expected to play at least four primetime games.
Former Gophers running back David Cobb held his own pro day Monday, and about 17 teams, including the Vikings, were on hand to watch.
Even with a genuine buzz Saturday in front of an estimated 10,100 fans for the spring game, Gophers coach Jerry Kill was careful not to reveal too much.
The Gophers have spent spring camp working almost exclusively on a no-huddle attack. They’ve sped up the pace and worked more on short, quick-passing routes
After coming to campus as a highly touted running back recruit, Jeff Jones appears to have found a new niche.
Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner was so frustrated after a play toward the end of Tuesday’s practice, he heaved the football downfield in disgust. Coach…
Jonathan Celestin and Rodney Smith graduated high school together last year and were unheralded additions to the Gophers’ 2014 recruiting class. Each could fill a key role this fall
The Gophers’ use of Jeff Jones at wide receiver this spring appears more than just an experiment.
Gophers running back Rodrick Williams lost his spot to David Cobb, and then lost weight to win it back.
On Thursday, the Gophers' coaching staff gave running back Jeff Jones an extensive look at slot receiver as a secondary position for him.
Adam Weber is the Gophers' all-time passing leader, and now he’s working hand-in-hand with quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski as a graduate assistant.
After beating Harvard for their third NCAA women's hockey title in four years, the Gophers added something new to their postgame celebration.
After celebrating its third NCAA championship in four years Sunday, the Gophers women’s hockey team will open next season as one of the favorites to win it all again.
The Gophers remember the pain of losing in the title game a year ago.
Hannah Brandt was one of the early cuts from the U.S. Olympic team in June 2013. The coach was Harvard’s Katey Stone.
The Gophers reeled off three quick second period goals and got 34 saves from junior goaltender Amanda Leveille for a 3-1 victory before a sellout crowd at Ridder Arena.
Established as an NCAA varsity sport 15 years ago, women's hockey struggles with securing a steady audience, even if Ridder Arena is sold out this weekend.
The Gophers shook off two major penalties to still win 6-2 and advance to next week’s Frozen Four at Ridder Arena.
Rachel Ramsey, the daughter of an ex-NHL star, is ready for a change.
Jerry Kill has landed a big in-state victory.
After a health setback, he’s making an impression.
After holding two spring football practices behind closed doors, the Gophers invited the public Saturday and revealed a no-huddle offense.
Winning a fourth consecutive WCHA tournament would add to the Gophers’ legacy.
After the team’s first official spring practice, quarterback Mitch Leidner sounded as if he wished the Sept. 3 season opener against TCU were coming this weekend.
David Cobb rewrote the Gophers’ record book, but now he’s NFL-bound. Will Rodney Smith be up next?
The defensive tackle will work with other U players for scouts during the Gophers’ pro day.
Jerry Kill continues to have full confidence that the University of Minnesota will be ready to break ground on its new $150 million athletic…
Officials reiterate that the university hopes to break ground on $150 million project by summer’s end.
If construction is to begin on the athletics village this fall, the fundraising pace must pick up. University CFO Richard Pfutzenreuter said it's a "big hill to climb."
Seeking more length and speed for this year's recruiting class, Gophers coaches looked far and wide for the 24 athletes who signed their national letters of intent Wednesday.
“He could be the guy that could lead [Minnesota] to a Big Ten championship someday,” said Tom Lemming, a recruiting analyst for CBS Sports Network. “He’s a four-star quarterback with five-star 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
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.
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.
Three former three-star recruits have transferred from the Gophers football program this month, all of them in search of more playing time.
An early, early outlook at what is shaping up to be a fascinating fall for Big Ten football ... several months from now.