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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Four more potential new impact players for the Gophers, heading into Spring Practice #1

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers spring football Updated: March 26, 2013 - 10:38 AM

In today's spring practice preview, I listed three potential new impact players for the Gophers: LB Damien Wilson, LB Jack Lynn and CB Eric Murray.

But heading into Practice #1 (today at 3:30 p.m.), let's not forget about four offensive linemen who will be right in the mix, competing for playing time.

Isaac Hayes, a redshirt last year, is 6-2, 304 (up from 275 pounds coming out of St.Thomas Academy).

Jonah Pirsig, a redshirt last year, is listed at 6-9, 308 pounds (up from 295 pounds coming out of Blue Earth).

Ben Lauer, a redshirt last year, is 6-6, 302 (up from 265 coming out of Wayzata).

Brian Bobek, who sat out last year after transferring from Ohio State, is 6-2, 282 (about where he was last year, coming out of Ohio State).

With Ed Olson and Zach Mottla recovering from injuries this spring, all four of these linemen will get a good look. Bobek will be one of three centers, along with redshirt sophomores Jon Christenson and Ernie Heifort.

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