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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Gophers sign 5 junior-college transfers on 1st day

Posted by: Phil Miller under College football, Gopher recruiting Updated: December 21, 2011 - 3:06 PM

     James Gillum, the sophomore running back who gained more than 2,200 yards at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, just texted to say that he's signed his commitment to Minnesota, and Gophers Illustrated has confirmed that the other four known J.C. players have all completed their paperwork today, too.
     That adds three experienced defensive backs, a wide receiver and a tailback to the Gophers' roster, not a bad haul on the first day of Juco signings.
     Also now signed: Jeremy Baltazar, a cornerback from Blinn (Texas) Community College; Briean Boddy, who played cornerback at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College; Martez Shabez, a cornerback at Trinity Valley (Texas); and Caledonia native Isaac Fruechte, a wide receiver who played at Rochester Community Technical College in 2010 and redshirted last year while waiting to transfer.
     All five players will be on campus when winter semester begins next month, and will take part in spring drills in March.
 

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