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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Nelson's hamstring is improving, but signs still point toward Leidner starting

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers injuries Updated: September 25, 2013 - 7:34 PM

Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson, who missed last week's game with a strained right hamstring, continues to make progress, but all signs still point toward Mitch Leidner starting Saturday's game against Iowa.

"I could tell [Nelson] pushed himself a little bit today," Coach Jerry Kill said after Tuesday's practice. "After his workout [Monday], he wasn’t real, real sore, which is a good sign."

But Kill pointed to the way Ohio State has handled starting quarterback Braxton Miller's knee injury. Buckeyes backup Kenny Guiton has thrown for 12 touchdowns over the past three weeks.

"I think Ohio State’s done the same thing," Kill said. "Their No. 2’s pretty dang good, too, so they’ve kind of stuck with him until that other kid’s truly ready to go. And you’re always better off playing a player that’s 100 percent."

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