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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Thursday update: Dungy, Gray, Stoudermire

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers awards and honors, NCAA Updated: January 10, 2013 - 4:36 PM

We’ve got some recruiting stories in the works, but for now, I just wanted to pass along a couple nuggets:

* Tony Dungy will be presented with the Theodore Roosevelt Award at next week’s NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

According to the news release, the award is the NCAA’s highest honor and is given annually to an individual “for whom competitive athletics in college and attention to physical well-being thereafter have been important factors in a distinguished career of national significance and achievement.”

Before becoming a Super Bowl winning coach, Dungy played for the Gophers from 1974-76 and was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection at quarterback. He played one season for the Gophers basketball team and was named to the all-Big Ten selection at quarterback. He was a two-time All-Big Ten academic selection as well and graduated with a degree in business.

“The greatest thing for me going to college was learning about decision-making,” Dungy said in the press release. “You are making decisions about what academic path you are going to take, and what friends you build relationships with. You learn how to handle your personal life and process information. That is what college was all about for me.”

* So far, two outgoing Gophers seniors have been selected to play in postseason All-Star games.

Troy Stoudermire will play in Friday night’s Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. This game, which produced six NFL draft picks last year, will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 6 p.m.

MarQueis Gray, who is preparing for the NFL Combine, is scheduled to play in the Texas vs. The Nation Game on Feb. 2 in Allen, Texas. That game has been around since 2006 and has included 100 eventual NFL draft picks.

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