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Gophers dominate Middle Tennessee, but endure bumps along the way

Gophers dominate Middle Tennessee, but endure bumps along the way

The Gophers rolled to a 34-3 victory at TCF Bank Stadium but running backs Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith played a combined one half of football.
Loss of starting QB Stockstill hurt Middle Tennessee's chances vs. Gophers

Loss of starting QB Stockstill hurt Middle Tennessee's chances vs. Gophers

Brent Stockstill is in his third year as a starter for the Blue Raiders and has passed for 7,714 yards and 65 touchdowns in his career. His absence was a big blow Saturday for the visitors to TCF Bank Stadium.
Gophers' Winfield primed for challenge vs. MTSU's 100-catch receiver

Gophers' Winfield primed for challenge vs. MTSU's 100-catch receiver

Rickie James, the Blue Raiders' best player, can score from anywhere on the field. Antoine Winfield Jr., the Gophers' best defensive back will spend the day trying to prevent that.
What does Fleck mean when he says Gophers should grow 'spiritually'?

What does Fleck mean when he says Gophers should grow 'spiritually'?

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck isn't endorsing religion; he hopes his players 'believe in something bigger.'
The Call: Gophers will beat Middle Tennessee on Saturday if ...

The Call: Gophers will beat Middle Tennessee on Saturday if ...

Breaking down Saturday's game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Croft sidelined over 'personal issues'; Green expected to back up Rhoda

Croft sidelined over 'personal issues'; Green expected to back up Rhoda

Demry Croft is the second player coach P.J. Fleck has sat in his first year in Minnesota. "If you can't abide by the culture, you're not going to play," Fleck said.
Future Gophers football schedules have big changes, including opener against Ohio State

Future Gophers football schedules have big changes, including opener against Ohio State

Coming soon to Gophers football: An Ohio State season opener at TCF Bank Stadium, early October rivalry games against Wisconsin and nonconference games mixed into the Big Ten schedule
Rhoda grabs U starting job after impressive game at Oregon State

Rhoda grabs U starting job after impressive game at Oregon State

Conor Rhoda will have three starts and a bye week under his belt before the Big Ten season begins with a visit from Maryland on Sept. 30.
Rhoda shines at QB, Gophers execute 'perfectly' in rout over Oregon State

Rhoda shines at QB, Gophers execute 'perfectly' in rout over Oregon State

The Gophers forced three turnovers and got long-yardage plays on the ground and through the air against the Beavers en route to a 48-14 romp at Oregon State.
The Call: Gophers defense should lead the way against Oregon State

The Call: Gophers defense should lead the way against Oregon State

A breakdown of Saturday night's game in Corvallis, Ore.
Gophers' lack of offensive punch in opener raises early red flag

Gophers' lack of offensive punch in opener raises early red flag

Though the Gophers began the P.J. Fleck era by winning, their offensive performance, especially, raised questions.
Gophers grind out closer-than-expected win over Buffalo

Gophers grind out closer-than-expected win over Buffalo

Those who anticipated an easy win and a high-energy celebration of a new regime likely went home only partially satisfied following the 17-7 victory in a game where the Gophers were favored to win by almost four touchdowns.
Former North High star Johnson emerges as Gophers playmaker

Former North High star Johnson emerges as Gophers playmaker

Tyler Johnson had all of his six catches for 141 yards in the first half, including a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Fleck wants to change the way fans 'walk, talk, act' about U football

Fleck wants to change the way fans 'walk, talk, act' about U football

When P.J. Fleck said, "I'm here to change the culture" the Gophers football coach didn't just mean for his players.
About the Buffalo Bulls: A guide to Minnesota's first opponent

About the Buffalo Bulls: A guide to Minnesota's first opponent

The Bulls have mainly toiled in anonymity, with nine FBS seasons of two or fewer victories and only two winning campaigns.
P.J. Fleck's football mind: What to expect on the field

P.J. Fleck's football mind: What to expect on the field

Exploring the many clues about what the Gophers will look like under first-year coach P.J. Fleck.
'Being P.J. Fleck' gave Gophers coach a 'priceless' pass into restricted living rooms

'Being P.J. Fleck' gave Gophers coach a 'priceless' pass into restricted living rooms

With Aug. 1-31 as an NCAA-mandated recruiting dead period for college football programs, coaches couldn't get their message to recruits. But P.J. Fleck's weekly docu-series on ESPNU was a legal in.
Gophers football schedule analysis, from the Bulls to the Badgers

Gophers football schedule analysis, from the Bulls to the Badgers

A game-by-game look at what's ahead for P.J. Fleck's first Gophers season.
Gophers kicker Carpenter: ice in his veins – and sometimes down his jersey

Gophers kicker Carpenter: ice in his veins – and sometimes down his jersey

Before Emmit Carpenter could work toward an encore of his near-perfect 2016, he needed to go through the high-tempo, high-pressure training camp orchestrated by P.J. Fleck.
Gophers end training camp, turn attention to next week's opener

Gophers end training camp, turn attention to next week's opener

P.J. Fleck's first training camp in Minnesota featured a team adjusting to — and embracing — its new coach's ways
Gophers won't have a starting QB; Fleck decides they'll have two

Gophers won't have a starting QB; Fleck decides they'll have two

Neither Conor Rhoda nor Demry Croft has seized the job with superior play over the other in camp. But coach P.J. Fleck said, "This is not a controversy."
Depth on offense, quarterback decision among issues facing Gophers

Depth on offense, quarterback decision among issues facing Gophers

Regardless of who starts at quarterback, a decision that still hasn't been made, he will be operating behind an offensive line that has depth issues.
Gophers starting quarterback? Nobody has said 'this is my job' yet

Gophers starting quarterback? Nobody has said 'this is my job' yet

Coach P.J. Fleck said Demry Croft and Conor Rhoda "did a lot of really good things" during Saturday's closed scrimmage but that neither has won the starting job.
U's Richardson uses (lack of) height to frustrate offensive lineman

U's Richardson uses (lack of) height to frustrate offensive lineman

Common wisdom is that short guys shouldn't even try to become defensive linemen. But Steven Richardson has made the most of what he doesn't have.
'Test them in all areas': Gophers QB competition to heat up in scrimmage

'Test them in all areas': Gophers QB competition to heat up in scrimmage

Third-year sophomore Demry Croft and fifth-year senior Conor Rhoda are competing for the starting job, and Saturday's scrimmage should go a long way in determining which QB P.J. Fleck chooses for Week 1.
Winfield suffers hamstring injury; no decision on Gophers quarterback

Winfield suffers hamstring injury; no decision on Gophers quarterback

The Gophers received a scare in Tuesday's open practice when standout sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. left the football field on a cart after injuring his left hamstring during drills.
Gophers hoping stars emerge in young receiving corps

Gophers hoping stars emerge in young receiving corps

Sophomore Tyler Johnson, a former Minneapolis North star, is an emerging standout of a relatively young group of wideouts.
Fleck preaches high tempo at Gophers practice

Fleck preaches high tempo at Gophers practice

The Gophers coach, in the team's first open practice of the season, goes for tempo, quick reactions under pressure.
Gophers' two top quarterbacks tested as third-down plays installed

Gophers' two top quarterbacks tested as third-down plays installed

Five days into training camp, Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck and his staff gave the players their stiffest test yet. Saturday was the day to install the all-important third-down packages.
Weyler finds himself at heart of U offensive line makeover

Weyler finds himself at heart of U offensive line makeover

If an offensive line is the foundation of a football team, then the Gophers left spring practice in need of some shoring up.
Gophers seeing first camp under Fleck as a new start

Gophers seeing first camp under Fleck as a new start

Players expressed a mix of optimism, curiosity and confidence during the team's media day on Monday.
After 22 offseason surgeries, Gophers holding back some starters for now

After 22 offseason surgeries, Gophers holding back some starters for now

When the team begins training camp Tuesday, P.J. Fleck will have most of the 22 players available. And he expects to have them all back for contact drills within 10 days.
Editorial counterpoint: Scallen Failor is best for Hennepin County Board

Editorial counterpoint: Scallen Failor is best for Hennepin County Board

She brings business experience. Her opponent in the Fifth District race, Debbie Goettel, would bring only "political experience," and we've had enough of that.
No. 2 Gophers wrestlers knock off No. 1 Penn State

No. 2 Gophers wrestlers knock off No. 1 Penn State

The No. 2 Gophers wrestling team took down No. 1 Penn State by a mere point in its final home match of the season.
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