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 knee injury Gophers wide receiver Derrick Engel suffered last Sunday is a torn anterior cruciate ligament that likely spells the end of his college career, a person familiar with the injury told the Star Tribune on Friday.
Engel, a senior from Chaska, has returned punts in practice this week and is listed as questionable on the injury report. But there is virtually no chance he'll play in Saturday's game against Wisconsin. Coach Jerry Kill has declined to go into specifics about Engel's injury, not wanting to tip the team's hand.
Engel leads the Gophers with 25 receptions for 405 yards and five touchdowns. The Gophers don't have another wide receiver with more than eight receptions or a single touchdown catch this season.
Tight end Maxx Williams ranks second on the team with 17 receptions for 299 yards and four touchdowns.
At receiver, the Gophers will be leaning more heavily on junior Isaac Fruechte (eight catches, 97 yards) and two true freshmen -- Drew Wolitarsky (eight catches, 109 yards) and Donovahn Jones (six catches, 79 yards).
"Our young kids have just gotten better and better," offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said this week. "You couldn’t ask for better progress from Drew Wolitarsky and Donovahn Jones. Isaac Fruechte -- he’s primed to have a good game, and we'll maybe get him in some of the spots that’s Derrick is usually in and maybe get him a few touches.
"A couple other guys will have an opportunity to step up, and hopefully they take advantage of it."
|Seattle - WP: R. Elias||10||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: N. Maronde||6|
|Boston||76||4th Qtr 4:56|
|Sacramento||60||3rd Qtr 4:57|
|Houston||34||2nd Qtr 3:27|
|Milwaukee||61||2nd Qtr 0:26|
|San Antonio||61||3rd Qtr|
|Nashville||3||3rd Prd 9:51|
|New Jersey||2||3rd Prd 11:00|
|NY Rangers||1||3rd Prd 12:32|
|Detroit||1||3rd Prd 12:19|
|Phoenix||2||2nd Prd :35|
|Dallas||1||2nd Prd 17:30|
|Mount St Marys||88||FINAL|
|Penn||39||2nd Half 15:25|
|Delaware State||8||1st Half 15:30|
|Miss Valley St||0||1st Half 19:10|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||3||1st Half 17:35|
|North Dakota St||5|
|TX-San Antonio||9:30 PM|
|Fla Gulf Coast||92|
|East Tenn St||66||FINAL|
|St Johns||4||1st Half 15:02|
|UC Santa Barbara||7||1st Half 17:14|
|UNLV||3||1st Half 18:16|
|TX-San Antonio||8:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton||10:30 PM|
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|San Diego State||10:30 PM|