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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Gophers coach Jerry Kill held a press conference today, previewing fall camp, which starts Friday. I'll have more for tonight's first editions, but here are a few notables:
* Offensive tackle Jonah Pirsig (knee surgery) is the biggest remaining question mark health-wise, heading into camp. Kill said Pirsig might have to work some individual drills before he'll be ready to go at full speed.
* Defensive lineman Roland Johnson (ACL surgery) will be ready to go. Kill noted that players coming off that surgery sometimes take a while to get used to contact, but Johnson has progressed quickly.
* Freshman linebacker Chris Wipson (ACL surgery), also will be ready to go.
* Redshirt freshman Jack Lynn and junior college transfer Damien Wilson will continue to battle for the starting middle linebacker job. "I thought Damien and Jack Lynn were neck-and-neck for the spring," Kill said. "I think they both did some good things."
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