• Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys gives former Maroon and Gold quarterback Adam Weber a lot of credit for the recent performance of Mitch Leidner. “Weber has spent a lot of time individually with Mitch in meetings and on the sidelines during games, and it has really paid off,” Claeys said. Weber, who had a brief stint in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, is a graduate assistant this year and don’t be surprised if he gets a job on the staff. Naturally, quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski has also had a huge effect on Leidner.
• An All-America secretary is how I would rate Roz Sorenson, who served Vikings General Manager Mike Lynn and others for more than 20 years. When Lynn left the Vikings, he gave her the keys to a new car. Sorenson died earlier this month at age 86; she was my very close personal friend.
• The Gophers offered a scholarship to JD Spielman, the Eden Prairie standout who was named Star Tribune Prep Football Player of the Year, but the son of Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman chose Nebraska instead. The Gophers viewed him as a wide receiver, but with the Cornhuskers he will play at defensive back.
• There’s good news for Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino in what Tre Jones, the Apple Valley sophomore who is going to be top recruit in the class of 2018, told Gophers Illustrated recently: “They’re recruiting me hard. I love it there. I mean, it’s home. It’s only 20, 25 minutes away. Amir [Coffey] just committed there. Their program is growing a bunch. It would be great to go home, too.”
• Former Vikings defensive lineman Letroy Guion has been playing for the Packers after sitting out three games to start the season following his February arrest on felony charges of possession of marijuana and a firearm. He has 10 tackles in six games.