• Teddy Bridgewater was asked if he had any idea he would start 12 games and throw for nearly 3,000 yards when the season began. “I would have told you you were crazy,” he said. “I thought this was going to be a year where I was just going to be able to come in and compete, but things happen. We were faced with adversity this year and whenever my number was called I had to always be ready.”
• Vikings Vice President Kevin Warren on his decision to donate $1 million to families with cancer patients at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital: “It was in honor of my sister Carolyn,” he said. “So we started a fund called Carolyn’s Comforts in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. She passed of brain cancer. My wife [Greta] and I wanted to do something that was special to honor her life and we chose that to do it. And I think it will make a big difference for a lot of kids.”
• Adam Thielen, the former Minnesota State Mankato receiver who had eight catches for 137 yards and one touchdown and also scored another TD on special teams for the Vikings in 2014, is signed for 2015.
• The Gophers have 18 commitments for the 2015 football season, which means coach Jerry Kill still has about seven recruits to sign if his estimate of 25 total recruits is accurate.
• How important is captain Kyle Rau to the Gophers men’s hockey team? When the senior records at least one point the Gophers are 75-12-7 in his career. They are 37-3 when he gets two or more points.
• WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson reported that the league had three ranked teams and two teams in the top 10 of the first USCHO.com poll of 2015 with MSU Mankato at No. 4, Michigan Tech at No. 8 and Bowling Green at No. 11.