The Gophers have filled their open coordinator spot on the offensive side of the ball, now they just need to do it on defense.But don't expect any suprises when the announcement is made, head coach Tracy Claeys said Friday. Defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel, who ran the team's defense in its 21-14 bowl game victory over Central Michigan, is still in line for the promotion.
Upon Further Review
By Mike HendricksonFinal score: Minnesota 21, Central Michigan 14Recap:Central Michigan kept it close, but Minnesota earned its first bowl win since 2004.Redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner gave his team the lead for good in the fourth quarter of the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit Monday, rushing for a touchdown to end a 13 play, 74-yard drive. He then found senior wide receiver KJ Maye for a two-point conversion to put the Gophers up by seven.
By Mike HendricksonMinnesota (5-7) will try to end a seven game losing streak in bowls when the team faces Central Michigan (7-5) at Ford Field in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday. A full breakdown and score prediction can be seen below:When Minnesota runs the ball:The Gophers rushing attack has been inconsistent all season, and the Chippewas finished 30th in the FBS in rushing yards allowed per game. They allowed 166.3 yards per game when facing Power Five schools however.
The Gophers have started to sign their 2015 recruiting class.The team signed seven recruits on Wednesday who will enroll at the University in January and participate in spring practice. The new signees include junior college players Merrick Jackson, Vincent Calhoun, Garrison Wright and Elijah Battle and high school players Seth Green, Thomas Barber and Tai'yon Devers.Green is a quarterback, Barber is a linebacker, Battle is a defensive back, Calhoun and Wright are offensive lineman and Jackson and Devers are defensive lineman.
By Mike HendricksonHead coach Tracy Claeys has named an offensive and defensive coordinator for the Quick Lane Bowl against Central Michigan on Dec. 28.Tight ends coach Rob Reeves will serve as the Gophers offensive coordinator for the game, while defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel will serve as the defensive coordinator, Claeys announced Monday.
By Mike HendricksonMinnesota is going bowling this year, as the Gophers been selected to face Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 28 in Detroit at Ford Field, the team announced Sunday.The Gophers made a bowl game despite a 5-7 due to their Academic Progress Rate ranking.
The Gophers finished their regular season with a losing record, but they still might be able to go bowling.Only 75 teams have a record of 6-6 or better with 80 bowl game slots to fill, meaning between two and five 5-7 teams will play in a bowl game. Three teams still can reach 6-6 with games on Saturday: Kansas State, South Alabama and Georgia State.
By Mike HendricksonTracy Claeys is already making Minnesota’s staff his own.Minnesota’s head coach said Monday morning it was a difficult decision to not renew the contracts of former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and former quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Jim Zebrowski, but he wanted to run things differently on offense.
By Mike HendricksonMinnesota offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Jim Zebrowski will not have their contracts renewed, head coach Tracy Claeys announced Sunday.Limegrover and Zebrowski had been in their roles with the Gophers since former head coach Jerry Kill took over in 2011.“I have decided to make a change that will better fit my offensive philosophy, which is to have one coordinator calling the plays,” Claeys said in a press release.
By Mike HendricksonWith bowl eligibility and a coveted trophy on the line, the Gophers (5-6, 2-5) season comes down to one game against Wisconsin (8-3, 5-2). A full breakdown and score prediction can be seen below:When Minnesota runs the ball: