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Continued: Hartman: Zimmer mostly pleased with Vikings exhibition opener

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 10, 2014 - 12:11 AM

Early test for Gophers

The Gophers football team will face Eastern Illinois in its season opener Aug. 28, and while the Panthers lost star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the NFL draft (he was taken in the second round by the Patriots), they still have standout wide receiver Adam Drake.

Drake caught 85 passes as a sophomore last season and was named an FCS third-team All-America, helping Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record. The 6-2 senior will be a nice early test for the well-regarded Gophers secondary.

Sid's Jottings

• Norwood Teague was at the Vikings’ preseason opener at TCF Bank Stadium wearing a Valhalla Golf Club shirt. The Gophers athletic director was at the PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday along with men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, whose father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, is a member at Valhalla.

It’s good news that Land O’Lakes and 3M recently posted good financial reports, since rumors have them as two of the contributors toward the $190 million that the University of Minnesota Athletic Department is trying to raise to improve facilities.

Randy Breuer, the two-time first-team All-Big Ten center from 1979 to ’83 before his 11-year NBA career, will be inducted into the Gophers basketball Hall of Fame this coming season, and his No. 45 will be the fifth one retired by the program.

• Alex Illikainen, the 6-9 basketball player from Grand Rapids, Minn., who will play his senior season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and Jarvis Johnson, the highly recruited DeLaSalle guard, will make their official visits to Minnesota this September, and the chances are good that both will commit to the Gophers eventually.

The NFL salary cap for 2014 is $133 million, and the Vikings payroll will stay at $126 million after they signed Kyle Rudolph to a five-year extension that starts next season.

• Former Vikings star Percy Harvin is expected to be the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 1 receiver, but he didn’t record any stats in the team’s opening 21-16 preseason loss to the Broncos. The Super Bowl champion Seahawks now have five former Vikings players on the roster in Harvin, Tarvaris Jackson, Heath Farwell and newcomers Kevin Williams and A.J. Jefferson, who had an interception against Denver. Sidney Rice has retired.

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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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