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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Troy Stoudermire already holds the Big Ten record for kick return yardage. Now he'll get a chance to extend that mark.
The conference has granted the senior cornerback another year of eligibility, the Gophers announced Friday, after his 2011 season was ruined by a broken bone in his right arm.
"I've been waiting on this thing for a long time," the 21-year-old Dallas native was quoted in a statement released by the university. "Now I'm just looking forward to getting back there for my first workout and getting back with the team."
Stoudermire's 3,102 yards of kick returns are the most in Big Ten history, but it's his experience in the secondary that coach Jerry Kill most covets. The cornerback led the Gophers in interceptions with two last season, despite playing in only the first four games of the season before suffering a fractured forearm. Stoudermire made 24 tackles in those games, and has 62 for his career.
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