The Gophers added a 23rd recruit to their 2011 football class Monday with the announcement that Cedric Thompson, a 5-10, 200-pound tailback and cornerback from Calipatria, Calif., has signed a letter of intent.
Thompson scored 27 rushing touchdowns during his senior season, but the Gophers project him as a cornerback, coach Jerry Kill said. Thompson had four interceptions and three sacks as a cornerback last season.
U volleyball awards
Lauren Gibbemeyer was named the Gophers' 2010 Most Valuable Player at the team's postseason banquet, the third year in a row the middle blocker claimed the title.
Gibbemeyer finished her career with a school-record 593 blocks and is ninth on the all-time kills list at 1,421. She joins Nicole Branagh (1998-2000), Lindsey Berg (1998-2001) and Jill Halsted (1980-82) as Gophers to win MVP honors three consecutive years. Branagh and Berg were co-MVPs for three years in a row.
Following the banquet, outgoing Gophers coach Mike Hebert's career was honored as part of a reception, with many of his former players with both the Gophers and Illinois in attendance. Hebert announced in December he is retiring after 35 years in coaching, including the past 15 with the Gophers.
• After going 1-0-1 against the visiting Gophers over the weekend, Minnesota Duluth moved up one spot to No. 3 in the latest United States College Hockey Online men's poll, the highest-ranked WCHA team.
• Swarm forward Ryan Benesch and goalie Nick Patterson were selected as Western Division starters for the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game, set for Feb. 27 in Verona, N.Y. The reserves for the East and West teams will be announced later this week.