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Sophomore Jalen Myrick scored the deciding touchdown in Saturday’s game.
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Jerry Kill endearingly calls Jalen Myrick “a piece of work.”

Sometimes the Gophers head coach has to tell the sophomore defensive back to pay attention in practice and stop messing around.

“I joke a lot,” Myrick said. “In practice, I play around a little too much.”

But Myrick got serious after Northwestern tied the game midway through the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 24-17 victory on Saturday.

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With the victory, Minnesota is off to a 2-0 start in conference play.
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There’s no consensus among the Gophers football team regarding who the team’s fastest player is.

But sophomore defensive back Jalen Myrick made his case as he bolted down the left sideline for a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Saturday, which made the difference in Minnesota’s 24-17 victory over Northwestern.

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Minnesota’s passing attack is struggling, but KJ Maye is gaining momentum.
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Wed, 09/17/2014
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When fall camp ended and reporters asked Jerry Kill who had impressed him the most, the Gophers head coach quickly said KJ Maye.

But Maye didn’t have a single catch in Minnesota’s season-opening victory against Eastern Illinois.

A few days later, redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner said there were “a lot more things” the Gophers would do in their next game in early September against Middle Tennessee State to get Maye the ball.

Maye finished that game with zero receptions, too.

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As Big Ten play approaches, Minnesota is dealing with a string of hurt football players.
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Wed, 09/17/2014
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A series of injuries have challenged the Gophers football team this season, spurring frustration from head coach Jerry Kill as a handful of his players go under the knife this week.

With only one more game between Minnesota and Big Ten play, the team is counting on the injured athletes to heal quickly and having younger players step up to fill the gap in attempt to ensure a strong performance in upcoming games.

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Northwestern has beaten Penn State and Wisconsin in its past two games.
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Thu, 10/09/2014
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Gophers fans are still buzzing about the program’s victory at Michigan last month. After all, Minnesota’s first time defeating the Wolverines since 2005 deserved some celebration.

This week’s opponent, Northwestern, did something more remarkable last weekend while the Gophers were on their couches watching a bizarre day of college football unfold.

Eleven of the nation’s 25 ranked teams lost, including Northwestern’s opponent — then-No. 17 Wisconsin.

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Redshirt freshman Ryan Santoso has played a big role in Minnesota’s success.
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Thu, 10/09/2014
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Looking at the Gophers’ sideline a year ago, one may have thought No. 28 was a tight end or defensive lineman.

But that assumption would be wrong.

At 6 feet 6 inches and 260 pounds, freshman Ryan Santoso played as the team’s kicker. Head coach Jerry Kill calls him the “Big Man.”

But Santoso isn’t as big anymore. He trimmed down to 245 pounds over the summer but still carries a big leg.

Santoso said the longest field goal he’s ever made occurred during a high school practice where he kicked the ball 70 yards.

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Mon, 11/03/2014
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Racism, prejudices and hatred have littered the streets of the United States for centuries.

People of this nation have perpetually fought to tear down these discriminations, and it was no different Sunday as thousands of people took to University of Minnesota streets to protest the Washington Redskins’ team name.

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Improved pass protection should lead to improved quarterback play.
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Thu, 09/18/2014
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The Gophers finished last in the Big Ten in passing offense last season, more than 600 yards less than the next closest team.

Three games into this season, the Gophers find themselves in the same place.

Redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner has thrown for 362 yards, which is second to last among Big Ten starting quarterbacks.

However, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said the passing game struggles don’t fall completely on Leidner’s shoulders, as the quarterback hasn’t been getting enough time in the pocket.

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Washington Redskins team buses got into an accident before the game began.
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Mon, 11/03/2014
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It was a regular Sunday inside TCF Bank Stadium, despite a more than 3,000-person protest right outside the University of Minnesota stadium’s gates.

But as one of the largest demonstrations in campus history stirred, creating a commotion on the facility’s lawn, the NFL players didn’t seem distracted.

After the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins 29-26, tight end MarQueis Gray said the Vikings blocked the protest out of their minds and only focused on playing football.

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The matchup with the Spartans could be similar to last year’s game.
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Thu, 09/18/2014
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The Gophers (2-1) close out their nonconference slate at home against San Jose State on Saturday. And with their starting quarterback hobbled, a speedy redshirt freshman may get his first career start under center.

The scene should sound familiar.

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