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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Changes to the two-deep

Posted by: under College football Updated: September 29, 2009 - 1:35 PM



You had to figure there would be changes to the two-deep in the wake of suspensions to starting defensive end Cedrick McKinley and backup safety Tim Dandredge. Well, here they are:


Anthony Jacobs, a sophomore who has seen action in all four games -- picking up six tackles and a sack -- is the new starter at defensive end opposite Barrett Moen. Derrick Onwauchi is listed as Moen's backup. Ray Henderson, a senior who had his first sack this season at Syracuse, is Jacobs' backup.

It figures that the Gophers will use a number of combinations at defensive end, with D.L. wilhite also in the mix.


At safety, Ryan Collado has become Kim Royston's backup at free safety., with Michael McKelton becoming Marcus Sherels' backup at cornerback.

At right guard Matt Carufel -- who missed Saturday's game with dizzy spells, is still listed at No. 1 with D.J. Burris as his backup.



Here are the weekly awards: 

Offensive player of the week: Running back Duane Bennett

Defensive player of the week: Defensive tackle Eric Small

Special teams: Punt returner Bryant Allen

Hard hat hit of the game: Barrett Moen

Lunchpain award: The entire offensive line, along with the tight ends and fullbacks.That's a lot of lunchpails.

Extra effort: Defensive end D.L Wilhite

Teammate of the week: receiver Eric Decker.

Scout offensive player: Victor Keise

Scout defensive player: Eric jacques.


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