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Under 400 tickets remain for Gophers/TCU game

The Gophers have fewer than 400 tickets remaining for the season opener against TCU, senior associate athletics director Chris Werle confirmed Thursday.

The team is closing on its first home sellout since the 2013 regular season finale against Wisconsin. The capacity at TCF Bank Stadium increased to 52,525 last season with the Vikings coming on as tenants. Last year's season-high attendance was 51,241 for Purdue.

ESPN also announced that Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill will be the broadcasting crew for the Gophers/TCU game.

Five potential breakout stars for the Gophers this season

The Gophers are one week from their season opener against TCU, and we’re ramping up our coverage at StarTribune.com. This week, as an added feature, Chip Scoggins and I are unveiling a series of Top Five lists, looking at the Gophers and the national college landscape.

Check out Chip’s latest entries here. I’ve done “Five keys to the Gophers’ season,” “The Gophers’ five most indispensable players,” "The Gophers' five most unsung players," and now, here are five (actually eight) of their potential breakout stars:

1. DE Hank Ekpe

The Gophers need a better pass rush this year. Senior DE Theiren Cockran will do his part, but the biggest boost could come from having Ekpe healthy on the other side of the D-line. Ekpe was limited with a severe sinus infection last fall, but he's been healthy since spring practice and has been piling up sacks in practice.

2. RBs Rodney Smith/Shannon Brooks

Both of these two youngsters from Georgia could become go-to guys this year, with the Gophers looking to replace David Cobb (Tennessee Titans). Senior tailback Rodrick Williams will get the start Thursday against TCU, but Smith will definitely see action, and so could Brooks, as a true freshman.

3. LBs Everett Williams/Cody Poock

These two are battling for the starting middle linebacker job, as the Gophers need to replace Damien Wilson (Dallas Cowboys), who led the team last year with 119 tackles. Wilson was a force, but he had a tendency to drift out of position. The coaching staff actually thinks steady play from Williams and Poock could help make the defense even better.

4. WR Jeff Jones

Anyone who watched spring practice probably would have put Jones atop this list. After moving from running back to slot receiver, he quickly emerged as a go-to target. Beside his speed and shiftiness, he has excellent hands. He had a slow start to training camp and suffered a concussion, but he's back practicing now and remains a definite breakout possibility. 

5. WRs Melvin Holland Jr./Rashad Still

Maybe it's a cop-out to list multiple players at these positions, but I don't even think the team knows which young outside receiver will emerge first. With Isaiah Gentry out with a hamstring injury, and Desmond Gant a work in progress, Holland is the furthest along of those heralded redshirt freshmen. Still has been the most talked about of the true freshmen receivers, though Hunter Register looked excellent at times, too. There's plenty of impressive looking talent at receiver, but time will tell which ones pan out.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Twins at Tampa Bay

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Saints at Kansas City

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Lynx at Liberty

    6:30pm on 106.1-FM

  • Saints at Kansas City

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Houston at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    4pm

  • Vikings at Dallas

    6pm on 100.3/1130

  • Houston at Twins

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Kansas City

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Houston at Twins

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Phoenix at Lynx

    6pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Saints at Kansas City

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Indy at Minnesota United FC

    7pm on Ch. 45

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Vikings at Tennessee

    7pm on 100.3/1130

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

Today's Scoreboard

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  • LA Dodgers

    Cincinnati

     

    - F

    1

    0

  • LA Angels

    Detroit

     

    - F

    2

    0

  • Toronto

    Texas

     

    - F

    1

    4

  • Baltimore

    Kansas City

     

    - F

    3

    5

  • Chicago Cubs

    San Francisco

     

    - F

    1

    9

  • NY Mets

    Philadelphia

     

    - Top 5th

    5

    5

  • San Diego

    Washington

     

    - Bot 5th

    1

    0

  • Pittsburgh

    Miami

     

    - Bot 5th

    2

    0

  • Minnesota

    Tampa Bay

     

    - Bot 5th

    4

    2

  • Seattle

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - Top 2nd

    0

    1

  • St. Louis

    Arizona

    8:40 PM

  • Phoenix

    Connecticut

     

    - 4th, 8:48

    60

    64

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