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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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.
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