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Murray, Boddy-Calhoun named to Bednarik Award watch list

Gophers senior cornerbacks Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun on Tuesday were among 80 players named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive player.

In all, 13 cornerbacks are on the list, and the only other one from the Big Ten is Maryland's Will Likely.

Boddy-Calhoun had 51 tackles, two tackles for a loss, five interceptions and nine pass breakups last season, which earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media, and second-team from the coaches.

Murray had 69 tackles, one interception and seven pass breakups, along with two blocked kicks, which earned him second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and honorable mention from the media.

The last time the Gophers had a player named to the Bednarik Award preseason watch list was in 2013 with defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. The watch list for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back, comes out next Monday.

Here's a link to the full watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Maxwell Award (college player of the year), which also came out Tuesday.

Easy money? Sports book says Gophers won't win more than 5 1/2 games

After going 8-4 in the regular season each of the past two years, the Gophers could have a difficult time maintaining that success this fall, at least according to Bovada.

The online sports book on Thursday set the over/under for Minnesota's regular season win total at 5.5.

Last year, Bovada set Minnesota's over/under at 6.5, but the Gophers won eight again, including upset victories at Michigan and at Nebraska. (They capped the season with another bowl loss, this time against Missouri.)

This year's Gophers schedule will be even more difficult, with games against TCU and Ohio State again, and a difficult Week 2 test at Colorado State. Oddshark currently lists the Gophers as 16-point underdogs, at home, for their Sept. 3 season opener against TCU.

Here's a look at Bovada's over/under for the rest of the Big Ten, with 2015 Gophers opponents in bold:

Illinois: 3.5

Indiana: 6

Iowa: 7.5

Maryland: 4.5

Michigan: 7.5

Michigan State: 9.5

Nebraska: 8

Northwestern: 6.5

Ohio State: 11

Penn State: 7.5

Purdue: 4

Rutgers: 5

Wisconsin: 10

And for the Gophers' four non-conference opponents:

TCU: 10

Colorado State: 7.5

Kent State: 4.5

Ohio: 5

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