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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Freshman running back David Cobb is not on the Gophers' injury list released Thursday by coach Jerry Kill, apparently leaving open the possibility that Cobb, who has been battling a hamstring injury, could play Saturday against Nebraska.
That would give Minnesota additional depth behind starting tailback Duane Bennett and backup Donnell Kirkwood, who has been bothered by hamstring issues of his own. Cobb has gained 57 yards on nine carries this season.
Devon Wright's hamstring, injured during the loss to Purdue two weeks ago, will keep the freshman out of action. Wright was one of five players declared out for Saturday, but the only one who hasn't been on the injured list already.
The other four: offensive linemen Josh Campion and Jimmy Gjere, both recovering from concussions; cornerback Troy Stoudermire, out with a fracture in his forearm; and linebacker Brendan Beal, who injured his knee before the season.
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