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Continued: Souhan: Back healthy, Marcus Jones helps bail out the Gophers

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 30, 2013 - 10:06 AM

Someone asked Jones if he had gotten all of his speed back.

“I don’t know,’’ he said. “Does it look like I have?’’

Jones hadn’t heard about one of those strange coincidences that sport so often concocts. Viking and former Gopher Marcus Sherels had — over at the Metrodome — also returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown.

That’s right: Two overachieving, undersized cornerbacks named Marcus who played at the University of Minnesota had returned second-half kickoffs for touchdowns a couple of miles apart on the same night.

“Really?’’ Jones said. “Sounds like it was a good night for ­Minnesota.’’

 

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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