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Pregame: Lauer retiring from football, will be honored as part of Senior Day

Ben Lauer, who has started 14 games at offensive tackle for the Gophers, is retiring from football with one year of college eligibility remaining.

Lauer, a fourth-year junior, will be among the players honored as part of Senior Day before the Gophers and Wisconsin kickoff today at 2:30 p.m. Lauer will graduate with a mechanical engineering degree next spring and plans to put it to use immediately.

The 6-7, 310-pound Wayzata grad has dealt with ankle injuries during his career and suffered a concussion this season. He made the last start of his career Oct. 31 against Michigan.

Isaac Hayes is another fourth-year junior offensive lineman who is calling it a career. Like Lauer, he will graduate with his mechanical engineering degree next spring. The St. Thomas Academy grad has also been out with an injuryof late.

The seniors who will be honored today: Peter Westerhaus, Rodrick Williams, Miles Thomas, KJ Maye, Jon Christenson, Joe Bjorklund, Brian Bobek, Foster Bush, De'Vondre Campbell, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Eric Murray, Antonio Johnson, Theiren Cockran, Alex Keith, Robert Ndondo-Lay, Peter Mortell, Josh Campion, John McKelvey, Jacob Kirsch, Louis Tuszynski, Cedric Dicke, EJ Sardinha.

In today's paper, I wrote about how a bowl bid would be nice, but the Gophers want the Axe. Chip Scoggins wrote that winning the Axe would salvage something of a screwball season. Here is The Call, with a look at the matchups and my prediction.

Be sure to check out the Star Tribune Live Blog, with sights and sounds from inside and outside TCF Bank Stadium.

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Richardson out, Ekpe upgraded to questionable for Gophers

The Gophers released their depth chart and injury report today for Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

At defensive tackle, Steven Richardson is out with a calf injury, but Scott Ekpe was upgraded to questionable after missing the past four games with an unspecified injury. As coach Tracy Claeys said, running back Rodney Smith is probable with his ankle injury.

Here's the injury report:

Jalen Myrick -- Out

Ace Rogers -- Out

Damarius Travis -- Out

Jeff Jones -- Out

Craig James -- Out

Rodney Smith -- Probable

Josh Campion -- Out

Brian Bobek -- Out

Isaac Hayes -- Out

Ben Lauer -- Out

Lincoln Plsek -- Out

Steven Richardson -- Out

Scott Ekpe -- Questionable

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gophers women's hockey at MSU Mankato

    2:07 pm

  • Wisconsin at Gophers football

    2:30 pm on BTN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers women's basketball vs. Auburn

    6 pm on 1500-AM

  • Dallas at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Vikings at Atlanta

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Timberwolves at L.A. Clippers

    2:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • St. Cloud State at Gophers men's hockey

    6:35 pm on FSN, 1500-AM

  • Clemson at Gophers men's basketball

    8 pm on ESPN2, 1500-AM

  • Orlando at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Wild at Chicago

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Toronto at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Ohio State at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN, 1500-AM

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