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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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Gophers have had just one quarterback all season. Now they may have too many.
Well, probably not, but Jeff Horton couldn't help joking about it. Who will start at quarterback next week, the coach was asked? "Moses Alipate," the coach said, naming the redshirt freshman (and Bloomington Jefferson star) who has yet to take a snap as a Gopher. "I'm thinking about using Moses more this week, too. Try to get him ready."
OK, so we think he was joking. Still, the coach seemed to feel unburdened by having given MarQueis Gray a shot at running the team, as an increasingly large and loud group of Gopher fans had urged him.
But Horton made sure everyone understood that the move didn't reflect any doubts about Adam Weber, who started his 48th consecutive game Saturday. He repeated that he still believes Weber throwing to Gray is the Gophers' best lineup.
And asked how Weber took being asked to stand on the sidelines during two series against Michigan State, Horton grew emphatic.
"Adam Weber handles everything better than anybody in this room, probably better than anybody in the state," he said. "Adam Weber is the ultimate Gopher."
Gray seconded that notion, too.
"He just tapped me on the butt, said 'Great job, keep my eyes down the field, and great throw,' " Gray said. "He just encouraged me the entire time."
Weber finished the day with 167 passing yards and a touchdown -- to Gray, naturally. That gives him 10,528 yards in his career, good for fourth all-time in the Big Ten. By passing Chuck Long of Iowa (10,461), Weber now trails only Drew Brees of Purdue (11,792), Curtis Painter of Purdue (11,163) and Brett Basanez of Northwestern (10,580).
The TD to Gray was also the 70th of Weber's career, making him the eighth player in Big Ten history to reach that mark.
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