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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Newcomer Edwards will add speed to Gophers running back mix

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers preseason practice Updated: July 29, 2013 - 10:15 AM

It's too soon to know what impact incoming Gophers freshman Berkley Edwards will have this season, but the running back has impressed his new teammates with his speed in summer workouts.

"He’s a tough guy, too," junior running back Donnell Kirkwood said. "He doesn't mind going between the tackles. He might bust a dive for 80 yards. He’s going to be somebody to watch."

Gophers coach Jerry Kill doesn't want to overhype anybody, especially a player who just arrived on campus. But with preseason camp set to open Friday, there's no doubt the coaching staff is excited to see how Edwards' speed compliments the between-the-tackles toughness that Kirkwood and Rodrick Williams have shown.

"It’s hard for me to talk too much about a freshman until I’ve gotten a chance to work with him," Kill said, mentioning junior David Cobb as a player who shouldn't be forgotten. "Going back to Berkley, we hope from what we saw in high school, that he can he pick up the system all that stuff early. If you can have a guy like that, with a mixture of the big, strong [running backs] we have, that's a good thing to have. I don’t think there’s any question about that."

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