Kill likes walk-ons
Gophers football coach Jerry Kill commenting on the walk-ons who were recruited: “Right now we’ve got eight, I don’t consider them walk-ons, I think they’ll be guys that will earn scholarships. I think we proved that last year. We had seven guys that started on our football team that were walk-on players that I put on scholarship, and I just put Pete Mortell on, our punter.
“We’ve got three kickers. Emmit Carpenter, from Green Bay, Wis. Probably the most important guy we’ve recruited is Payton Jordahl, from Perham, Minn. He’s a deep snapper, and he turned down scholarship opportunities to come here, and he’s got a real chance to do some things for us next year. And then Logan McElfresh from Brainerd. You know, Ron Stolski’s kid. Those three kids will help us in the kicking.”
• Sunday will be junior football day at the University of Minnesota, with 150 players who will be high school juniors this fall expected to attend and learn all they want to know about academics and football with the Gophers.
• The University of Minnesota Board of Regents are expected to put a stamp of approval on the agreement for the Vikings to play at TCF Bank Stadium for 2014 and ’15 next week, provided all the factors involved in the move have been agreed on between the team and the school administration.
• The remaining schedule is not in favor of the Gophers men’s basketball team. They will be definite underdogs in road games at Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan. And of the remaining home games with Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Penn State, they might not be favorites against Indiana and Iowa.
• Former Gophers defensive players Ra’Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen were invited to the NFL Combine, as were former Cretin-Derham Hall defensive lineman Seantrel Henderson of Miami (Fla.) and former Mounds View tackle Billy Turner from North Dakota State.
• St. Louis senior guard Jordair Jett of St. Paul was named Atlantic 10 Conference player of the week for the second time this season, after averaging 19.5 points in two victories. Jett, a product of now-defunct St. Bernard’s High School, is averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 assists per game for the No. 13 Billikens, who are 21-2 and have a 15-game winning streak. Last month, Jett surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his college career.
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