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Continued: Hartman: Mathieu, defense add up to Gophers victory at Northwestern

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 17, 2014 - 7:12 AM

• Before last season the Vikings renegotiated lower contracts with defensive tackle Kevin Williams, tight end John Carlson and tackle Charlie Johnson and they lost cornerback Antoine Winfield when they tried to cut his salary for 2013. It will be interesting to see what the Vikings do along those lines this year.

• If Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen enjoys a good stint at the NFL combine in Indianapolis starting Saturday, there is a good chance he could be drafted.

• Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is a member of the Florida State baseball team. On Friday, Winston became the sixth Heisman winner in NCAA history to play college baseball after winning the award when the Seminoles opened their season with a 13-2 victory over Niagara. The last Heisman winner to play college baseball after winning the award was Bo Jackson in 1986. Winston and Jackson are both from Bessemer, Ala. The Gophers baseball team will play a three-game series at Florida State on May 2-4.

• Djuan Piper was in town this week for his official visit with the Gophers and told GopherIllustrated he enjoyed the trip. “The University of Minnesota has a great basketball program. From what I [saw] at the Indiana game, Richard Pitino is a great coach,” he said. Piper is a 6-6 small forward from Seattle Rainier Beach and reportedly has narrowed his choice down to Minnesota, Washington and Gonzaga.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

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