Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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The loss of Crawford-Tufts leaves one more question at receiver for Gophers

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers preseason practice, Gophers roster moves Updated: July 29, 2013 - 6:59 PM

A Gophers team with big questions at wide receiver lost one potential answer Monday, when Devin Crawford-Tufts quit the football team to focus on track.

Crawford-Tufts started eight games last season as a sophomore, catching 16 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown. He had the ability to stretch the field but battled injuries and struggled to find consistency.

He was a state champion sprinter at Edina High School, and after joining the Gophers track team last winter, he finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships in the 400 meter.

“Devin and I have met multiple times over the past couple of months,” Gophers coach Jerry Kill said in the press release. “… Devin is a fine young man. We wish him well and will be rooting for him.”

With preseason camp set to start Friday, the Gophers top returning receivers are Isaac Fruechte (19 catches, 256 yards last season), Derrick Engel (18, 375), KJ Maye (11, 49) and Andre McDonald (10, 121).

Jamal Harbison is back from knee surgery, and incoming freshmen Eric Carter, Drew Wolitarsky, Donovahn Jones and Chris Streveler could be factors at receiver, too.

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