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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There were some notable developments for the Gophers football team on the track this past weekend.
Wide receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts finished third in the 60-meter dash at the Big Ten indoor championships with a time of 6.80 seconds. He also finished eighth in the 200-meter dash.
Tufts was the Minnesota Class AA state champion in the 100- and 200-meter sprints for Edina. He started eight games for the football team last fall as a sophomore, catching 16 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown.
In other track news, incoming Gophers running back Berkley Edwards won the Michigan indoor state title in the 60-meter dash, clocking in at 6.86 seconds.
At the NFL combine, former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.73 seconds. At Minnesota's pro day on March 4, the 6-3, 240-pound Gray plans to throw and run pass-catching routes for NFL scouts.
Writing for USA Today, Tony Pauline said this about Gray:
Gray initially was pegged for a position change by NFL scouts, but that opinion will be revisited after his combine performance. The strong-armed passer displayed uncanny accuracy on all his throws. Receivers were not forced to work hard to make catches; Gray placed the ball nicely in their hands. Gray had a few errant tosses but delivered much more than expected during his workout. The original plan of moving Gray from quarterback to tight end may be placed on hold for a while.
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