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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Jones getting schooled at wide receiver, as well as quarterback

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher quarterbacks, Gophers preseason practice Updated: August 13, 2013 - 2:01 PM

The Gophers recruited Donovahn Jones as a quarterback, knowing he was so athletic, they'd be tempted to play him at wide receiver as a true freshman.

Sure enough, Jones has been practicing at receiver, in addition to quarterback, ever since Saturday's scrimmage.

"He’s just a good athlete, and we’re coaching him a little bit different than everybody else, trying to get him to learn two positions," Coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday.

With Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner entrenched at the top two quarterback spots, Jones came to camp battling Chris Streveler, another true freshman, for the No. 3 spot.

Streveler was another candidate to move to receiver, but for now, he's sticking to full-time quarterback duties. He had the benefit of enrolling in January and going through spring practice with the Gophers.

"He’s doing some more things at quarterback because he’s further along on the learning curve," Kill said.

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