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Gophers
July 14
Gophers' Morgan on watch list for top quarterback award

Gophers' Morgan on watch list for top quarterback award

Tanner Morgan was one of 16 semifinalists for the award last season, when he set the single-season passing record of 3,253 yards and 30 touchdown passes.
Gophers
June 30

Ohio cornerback Tamarion Crumpley decommits from the Gophers

The Gophers 2021 class now has 15 members, still ranking 15th in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten, per 247Sports.com.
Gophers
June 25

Ranking has Gophers' 2020 football schedule among Big Ten's easiest

But the Gophers' Nov. 7 opponent Purdue has the country's toughest slate.
Gophers
June 24

Texas defensive end Alexander decommits from Gophers football

The China Spring, Texas, native originally committed to the Gophers on April 22 but announced his decision to reopen his recruitment on social media.
Gophers
June 11
U receiver Bateman on second team preseason All-America list

U receiver Bateman on second team preseason All-America list

The junior amassed 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was the Big Ten Receiver of the Year.
Gophers
June 10

Illinois athlete Jackson decommits from Gophers football for a second time

The four-star recruit announced he will instead commit to Purdue.
Gophers
May 25
TCF Bank Stadiium.

Texas defensive tackle Albert Regis decommits from the Gophers

The Gophers class now stands at 17 members, ranking in the top 10 in the country and top three in the Big Ten conference, per 247Sports.com.
Gophers
May 24
TCF Bank Stadium.

Four-star, 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Chicago commits to U

Four-star Simeon High School (Ill.) junior offensive tackle Cameron James committed Sunday to Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck. James is 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds.
Gophers
May 9
Four-star running back Irving commits to Gophers

Four-star running back Irving commits to Gophers

Mar'Keise Irving, a running back out of Illinois, is the 16th member of the Gophers 2021 class and the fifth four-star recruit.
Gophers
May 8
Gophers punter Casey O'Brien (14) caught the ball while setting up for an extra point in the fourth quarter against Rutgers.

Gophers holder O'Brien shares he has beaten cancer for the fifth time

Casey O'Brien captured national attention this past season, featured on ESPN College GameDay for his years-long battle with osteosarcoma.
Gophers
May 6

Georgia safety Darius Green commits to the Gophers

The three-star prospect is the 15th member of the Gophers 2021 class, which ranks ninth in the nation and third in the Big Ten conference.
Gophers
May 4
Big Ten extends suspension of team activities through June 1

Big Ten extends suspension of team activities through June 1

The conference initially canceled all sports events and practices through April 6 and then again through Monday during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gophers
April 29
Texas defensive tackle Albert Regis commits to Gophers

Texas defensive tackle Albert Regis commits to Gophers

Albert Regis is the 14th member of the Gophers' 2021 class and chose the program despite offers from Baylor and TCU.
Gophers
April 29
Chris Williamson and Carter Coughlin go from Gophers to Giants after the NFL Draft

Chris Williamson and Carter Coughlin go from Gophers to Giants after the NFL Draft

The New York Giants selected former Gophers cornerback Chris Williamson and linebacker Carter Coughlin in the seventh round of this past weekend's NFL Draft.
Gophers
April 25
Undrafted Gophers Rodney Smith, Sam Renner sign free agent deals

Undrafted Gophers Rodney Smith, Sam Renner sign free agent deals

Several other Gophers players, passed over during the draft, could make their own deals with NFL teams in the next few days.
Vikings
April 24
Antoine Winfield Jr.

Winfield seems sure Day 2 draft pick, but what about Tyler Johnson?

Don't be surprised if Antoine Winfield Jr. is one of the first names called when the NFL draft fires up at 6 p.m. for the second and third rounds. Gophers teammate Tyler Johnson's status is less certain.
Gophers
April 22
Gophers add three-star Texas defensive end to 2021 class

Gophers add three-star Texas defensive end to 2021 class

Three-star recruit D'Marion Alexander is the 13th member of the 2021 class, which already ranks fifth in the nation and second in the Big Ten conference.
Gophers
April 22
After reopening recruiting, four-star Illinois QB sticking with Gophers

After reopening recruiting, four-star Illinois QB sticking with Gophers

Sam Jackson originally committed to the Gophers n February 2019, the team's first 2021 commit. He decided a couple months later to reopen his recruiting.
Gophers
April 21
U football mailbag: A 5-year view, Gophers vs. Penn St. and a virtual update

U football mailbag: A 5-year view, Gophers vs. Penn St. and a virtual update

The team's strength coach has put together a workout plan, and there have been video conferences among position groups and the entire team. Plus, a program comparison between the Gophers and a long-time Big Ten power.
Gophers
April 20
Ohio cornerback commits to Gophers, bringing 2021 class to 11

Ohio cornerback commits to Gophers, bringing 2021 class to 11

Defensive back Tamarion Crumpley of Cincinnati had other offers from schools such as Michigan State, Kentucky and Pitt.
Gophers
April 17
Four-star defensive back from Omaha commits to Minnesota

Four-star defensive back from Omaha commits to Minnesota

Avante Dickerson, a 6-foot, 165-pounder out of Omaha, Neb., is ranked by one scouting service as the No. 56 recruit in the nation.
Gophers
April 17
Prep linebacker switches commitment from Kentucky to Gophers

Prep linebacker switches commitment from Kentucky to Gophers

Devon Williams is the ninth member of the 2021 class so far and the fourth to commit during this virtual-only recruiting time.
Gophers
April 15
Gophers add Georgia receiver Lemeke Brockington to 2021 class

Gophers add Georgia receiver Lemeke Brockington to 2021 class

He is the eighth commit in that class.
Gophers
April 9
Four-star Arizona cornerback Steven Ortiz Jr. commits to Gophers

Four-star Arizona cornerback Steven Ortiz Jr. commits to Gophers

College football is in a recruiting dead period because of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning a moratorium on recruiting travel. But Gophers staff have been conducting video chats and virtual tours.
Gophers
April 7
Minnesota Gophers linebacker Kamal Martin (21), linebacker Braelen Oliver (14) and defensive lineman Tai'yon Devers (12) celebrated a sack by Oliver i

Gophers football mailbag: Will the defense take a step back in 2020?

College football writer Megan Ryan answers your Gophers football questions, including her thoughts on recruiting, the 2020 season, longer-term goals for the team ... and food.