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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Stoudermire owns kick-return title, for now

Posted by: Phil Miller under College football, Gophers awards and honors Updated: November 17, 2010 - 5:11 PM

 

Troy Stoudermire  Troy Stoudermire

    Not only has Troy Stoudermire become the first Gopher honored this season as a Big Ten player of the week -- he earned the special-teams honor this week for his 90-yard kickoff return that set up a critical fourth-quarter Gophers touchdown -- but he's finally claimed the league's career record as his own.                           For awhile, anyway.
     Stoudermire is 54 yards ahead of Robbinsdale Armstrong grad David Gilreath, Wisconsin's all-time kickoff-return leader, 2,920 yards to 2,866. But Gilreath should reclaim the mark by season's end; Wisconsin has two games and a bowl game remaining this season, while Stoudermire has only the Nov. 27 game against Iowa to add to his total.
     Gilreath is a senior, however, while Stoudermire can return next year for one more season of kick returns, which could put the record out of reach.

 

  •  Not much to report on the coaching search front, which isn't a surprise. The Gophers have been doing their homework on the various candidates, but actually contacting coaches and doing interviews must wait until the regular season ends Dec. 4.
  •  The Gophers still have roughly 1,500 seats remaining for the Iowa game, which they will put on sale Thursday at 9 a.m. Tickets are $60 each and are mostly located in the east end zone. They can be purchased at the Mariucci Arena box office, over the phone at 1-800-U-Gopher, or online at mygophersports.com.

 

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