Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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The Gophers' receiving corps, already thin because MarQueis Gray is moving to quarterback next season, officially became even thinner on Tuesday when Bryant Allen transferred to Illinois State.
Allen caught 16 passes last season, and scored an 11-yard touchdown in Tim Brewster's last game, a 28-17 loss at Purdue. He was Minnesota's fifth-leading receiver, and his departure, along with Gray's position change, means that Da'Jon McKnight is the only returning receiver who caught more than one pass last season.
By transferring to a FCS team, Allen will not have to sit out a season.
"Bryant was someone I had my eye on when I first took over the program," Redbirds coach Brock Spack said in a statement released by Illinois State. "He's a real dynamic athlete and a potential next-level kick and punt returner."
Allen, who played nine games for the Gophers' basketball team last season, intends to play both sports for ISU, too, and has already begun working out with the Redbirds.
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