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 recruit has a leg up

Posted by: under Football Updated: September 8, 2009 - 10:32 AM

Greetings.

 

You might already know, but I thought I'd pass this along. Kip Smith, a kicker from Broomfield, Colorado, has committed to the Gophers for next year.

Well, Smith kicked a Colorado state-record 67-yard field goal to help Broomfield Legacy beat Mountain Range, 29-7. The circumstances were a little odd. It was late in the first half. After a fair catch at their own 43, the Broomfield coach called a time out. According to Colorado high school rules, his team was then allowed a free kick from that spot.

  Smith teed up the ball and let it go. According to a report on MaxPreps.com, Smith's kick cleared the uprights with 5 yards to spare. The national high school record is 68 yards.

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