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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Hinojosa transfers to North Dakota

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers roster moves Updated: May 8, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Jordan Hinojosa, a defensive tackle who redshirted for the Gophers last season, has transferred to North Dakota, UND announced Thursday.

The Gophers recruited Hinojosa out of Miami (Fla.) Central High School and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, and the high-energy player had one tackle for a loss in the spring game last month.

Listed at 6-3, 272 pounds, Hinojosa still has three years of eligibility remaining, but he didn't appear headed for much playing time with the Gophers. The move frees up one of their 85 available scholarships. He'll be eligible to play this fall at North Dakota, which competes in the FCS sub-division and has a new head coach in Bubba Schweigert.

Hinojosa also will be reunited with North Dakota assistant coach Shawn Kostich, who worked as a Gophers graduate assistant last season.

“Jordan will bring a hard work ethic along with explosive play to our defensive line,” Schweigert said in the press release. “He played against some of the top high school teams in the country down in Miami, then signed with a Big Ten school, so that shows you his ability and potential. We’re excited to add him to our defensive front and see what he can do for us this season.”

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