“He can create his own space, and he can be his own blocker,’’ Canty said in an interview with his team’s website. “It’s very impressive when you see that. He can run through you, he can run around you. His agility, quickness and vision are all assets, and it makes him a really tough guy to defend.”
Coach John Harbaugh told the website that the Ravens know Peterson is the key for the Vikings offense.
“It’s a team, and he is definitely the building block for them,” he said. “They want to run the ball. We’ve got to stop the run, but it’s not just that. It’s the play-action passes, and it’s the big plays out of the rest of the guys.”
• It’s been a long time since a Gopher was invited to the Senior Bowl, but defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman has been invited to play in the Jan. 25 all-star game at Mobile, Ala.
• Gophers football coach Jerry Kill was asked if he has any idea who his team will face in a bowl game? “I have no idea. You have four [Big Ten] teams that are 8-4, Michigan is 7-5, you don’t know how the BCS is going to play out with Wisconsin getting beat by Penn State,’’ Kill said. “It’s one of those things you have no control over. Right now our mission is we need to go win the bowl game. Right now our football team continues to get better. We played two great defenses, the No. 1 defense in the country [Michigan State], and did some things but we just didn’t’ finish drives. We’re getting better, and we need to continue to move forward and go win a bowl game.”
• Look for the Gophers coaches to take a good look at redshirt freshman Chris Streveler next spring at quarterback. Streveler was having a great fall practice, and was competing for the quarterback position, when he broke a thumb and missed half the season.
• Apparently, the money has been raised to install lights at Siebert Field, home of the Gophers baseball team.
• The Vikings have named their executives for the new stadium, and all members are current employees of the club. Jeff Anderson is the new executive director of communications; Tanya Dreesen is manager of new stadium partnerships; JP Paul is director of new stadium corporate development; and John Penhollow is director of new stadium partnerships
• With the news that the Twins and righthander Phil Hughes are close to announcing a contract agreement, it’s interesting to see that Hughes has started three games against the Twins at Target Field. In those three games, he was 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA and one home run allowed in 21 ⅓ innings.
• Former Orono standout Jon Leuer scored a career-high 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting for the Memphis Grizzlies in a 110-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Leuer also had nine rebounds and three blocked shots. He is averaging 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds.
• Former Gophers coach Tubby Smith has his Texas Tech team off to a 6-3 start. The Red Raiders lost 79-58 to No. 2 Arizona on Tuesday.
• Micah Coffey is a great quarterback who led Batavia High School to the Illinois Class 6A state championship, but next year he will be playing baseball for the Gophers. Coffey completed 15 of 18 passes for 229 yards and two TDs in the title game.
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