Gophers guard Rachel Banham, hoping to make a comeback from a knee injury suffered last season, was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team on Wednesday.

Joining her is Northwestern's Nia Coffey, a former Hopkins star. Coffey is the daughter of former Gopher Richard Coffey and the sister of Amir, a Hopkins senior and Gophers men's recruit.

Maryland was selected as the preseason women's favorite by coaches and media. Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell was picked the preseason player of the year.

On the men's side, no Gophers were named to the preseason list. Maryland's Melo Trimble was chosen preseason MVP.

U safety still out

The Gophers won't have safety Damarius Travis back for Saturday's game against Nebraska. Travis has been out with a hamstring injury since the season opener against TCU. The Gophers had hoped he'd play this week, but the senior isn't quite ready, coach Jerry Kill said Wednesday.

Adekunle Ayinde, a sophomore walk-on from Blaine, will continue filling in for Travis.

"Nobody talks about Kunle," Kill said. "He goes unnoticed. He's been probably the MVP, the guy that's come in and gone unnoticed."

Kill said defensive linemen Scott Ekpe and Gaelin Elmore will both return from their unspecified injuries this week, and said cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun may be back from his knee injury. Boddy-Calhoun has missed the past two games.


U swimmers sweep

The Gophers swimming and diving teams collected all six weekly awards from the Big Ten Conference following their dual meet against the Florida Gators. Yu Zhou and Matt Barnard were honored as the divers of the week for the second straight week, while Samantha Harding and Nick Orf were selected as swimmers of the week for the first time. Rachel Munson and Hunter Doerr were tabbed freshman of the week.

Zhou won the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Barnard took first in 3-meter and third in 1-meter diving.

Harding won the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyles. Orf won the 200 butterfly.

Munson won the 100 breaststroke and swam on the winning 200 medley relay. Doerr was a member of the 400 freestyle relay, which placed first and the 200 medley relay which took second


• Audra Martin will join Fox Sports North as a sideline reporter and host for the regional sports network, primarily covering the Wild and Twins. She replaces Jamie Hersch. Martin was a sports anchor and reporter at WKRN in Nashville.

• The No. 11-ranked Gophers volleyball team beat No. 15 Wisconsin 3-0 in Madison. The Gophers won 11-25, 26-24, 25-16, 24-26, 15-11.