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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On radio, Kill says Legania has moved to O-line, gives injury updates for Pirsig, Lauer, etc.

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers injuries, Gophers preseason practice Updated: August 17, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Gophers coach Jerry Kill gave Sid Hartman and Dave Mona several new insights this morning on WCCO AM-830. Notably:

* Senior defensive tackle Harold Legania has moved to the offensive line, a switch to give him a better chance at playing time this year.

* Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig has been out for four or five days with a groin injury. Nothing serious, but another bump in the road for the redshirt sophomore.

* Starting left tackle Ben Lauer has a sprained ankle but should be back Tuesday.

* Junior lineman Josh Campion has played right tackle, left tackle and right guard during camp because of those injuries.

* Kill reiterated that Gaelin Elmore will play this year at defensive end.

* Kill said true freshman Jerry Gibson has been playing H-back (tight end), as well as inside wide receiver.

* Jonathan Celestin, a true freshman linebacker from Jonesboro, Ga., had a “real nice scrimmage” and will play this year.

* Kill also praised true freshman tight end Brandon Lingen, from Wayzata, saying he’ll play, too. Kill said true freshman DE Andrew Stelter has had an “outstanding camp,” though it wasn’t clear if that means Stelter will play this year.

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