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Continued: Hartman: Gophers football team has faith in true freshmen

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 23, 2014 - 11:57 PM

Sid's Jottings

The Vikings had a goal of selling $120 million in personal seat licenses, and they have gotten commitments for over $60 million with their goal a cinch to be reached because of the great interest in the new stadium.

Jimmy Shapiro out of Las Vegas reports that online sportsbook Bovada has Teddy Bridgewater at 12-1 odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, tied for sixth overall, and Anthony Barr is at 15-1 to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, which is tied for fifth. Former Gophers defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman of the Falcons is also on the list at 50-1.

With former Vikings coach Brad Childress in his second year as a Chiefs assistant coach, it’s interesting that he could look over on the Vikings side at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night and see only 11 players still on the team from when he was coach in 2010: Adrian Peterson, Phil Loadholt, John Sullivan, Fred Evans, Everson Griffen, Brian Robison, Jasper Brinkley, Chad Green­way, Jamarca Sanford, Marcus Sherels and Cullen Loeffler.

Very few recent Gophers players have made it to the NFL, with this year only Hageman (Falcons) and Brock Vereen (Bears) being drafted, but next year there are five Gophers on the NFL draft watch list: running back David Cobb, defensive tackle Cameron Botticelli, safety Cedric Thompson, linebacker Damien Wilson and cornerback Derrick Wells.

One reason three-star tackle Quinn Oseland — who had over 20 Division I scholarship offers, according to Rivals.com — picked the Gophers is because his coach, Ken Leonard of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Ill., sent several players to Northern Illinois when Kill was there. The word is Leonard, who has coached there since 1984, was very influential in this highly recruited player committing to Minnesota.

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