• There are nine Gophers on NFL active rosters, with the Jets' Eric Decker the only one not to play under Jerry Kill. Briean Boddy-Calhoun is with Cleveland, De'Vondre Campbell and Ra'Shede Hageman with Atlanta, MarQueis Gray with Miami, Eric Murray with Kansas City, Marcus Sherels with the Vikings, Maxx Williams with Baltimore and Damien Wilson with Dallas.
• If you were watching the Notre Dame/Texas game last Sunday, you saw young Irish receiver Torii Hunter Jr., son of the former Twins star, lying on the field appearing to be knocked out after a helmet-to-helmet hit, and then you saw his family members and the concern on their faces. Hunter Jr. suffered a concussion but fortunately no more serious injury to his neck or back. Hunter Jr. was playing well with four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown when he was hurt, and the injury kept him sidelined for Notre Dame's game Saturday against Nevada, too.
• Wabissa Bede, considered by ESPN the 87th-best boys' basketball player in the class of 2017 and the 17th-best point guard in the country, recently narrowed his recruit list to five schools. and the Gophers made the cut along with Butler, La Salle, UMass and Virginia Tech. Bede plays at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts.
• Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns got a chance to meet the greatest swimmer of all time this past week when he did a promotional video game event with 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps along with retired Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch.
• It's been a long time since Minneapolis North High School sent a superstar football player to Minnesota. That kid might be Tyler Johnson, who has attracted attention at wide receiver and might be in the same class as North products such as Bob Bjorklund, Sid Gillman, George Faust and Wayne Robinson, or a more recent example in basketball, Khalid El-Amin.