Football

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Thu, 10/23/2014
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Assistant sports editor Jack Satzinger, sports reporter Grant Donald and sports columnist David Nelson preview the Gophers' weekend football game and talk about their recent bowl edibility.
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Redshirt sophomore tight end Maxx Williams will forego his final two years of eligibility at Minnesota.
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Fri, 01/02/2015
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After weeks of discussion with family, coaches and former teammates, Gophers tight end Maxx Williams announced Friday that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft instead of returning to the University of Minnesota for his junior season.

The decision comes less than 24 hours after the Gophers lost to No. 16 Missouri 33-17 in the Citrus Bowl, where Williams racked up 98 receiving yards including a highlight reel 54-yard touchdown.

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Minnesota’s goal is to hold opposing offenses to less than 17 points per game.
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Wed, 10/15/2014
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After allowing Northwestern to put together a 97-yard touchdown drive to tie the game in the fourth quarter, the Gophers’ defense had a new sense of eagerness.

“We definitely felt like we could stop them on the next drive. There [were] no heads down. We were still confident in ourselves,” senior linebacker Damien Wilson said Saturday after the Gophers’ 24-17 victory over Northwestern.

The defense has been playing with confidence, which is arguably the reason the Gophers have bolted to a 5-1 start.

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Despite highlight reel catches, blocking is in Maxx Williams' blood.
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Mon, 10/06/2014
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Standing on the field amidst a mob of teammates after University of Minnesota’s 30-14 victory at University of Michigan last month, Maxx Williams had won more than just the Little Brown Jug rivalry trophy — he completed a family legacy.

And just moments after his performance, which later garnered a John Mackey Tight End of the Week award, Williams couldn’t wait to find his dad.

As Wolverines fans filed through the exits, Brian Williams hustled down the bleachers of the nation’s largest stadium to see his son celebrating on the field.  

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Darrell Hazell is turning around a program that has struggled.
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Thu, 10/16/2014
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Four years ago, Jerry Kill left Northern Illinois, a Mid-American Conference school, to take over a struggling Gophers program with the idea of bringing the school back into the national spotlight.

Fast-forward four years, and the Big Ten has another coach from a MAC school attempting to turn around a struggling program.

Darrell Hazell is in his second year at the helm of Purdue’s football team after serving as the head coach of Kent State.

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For Minnesota to contend, its top quarterback must keep playing with confidence.
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Thu, 10/16/2014
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Five weeks ago, Mitch Leidner didn’t look like a Big Ten quarterback.

Playing with an injured left knee, the redshirt sophomore threw three interceptions against TCU’s athletic defense as the pocket constantly collapsed around him.

Leidner arrived in Fort Worth, Texas, with a left MCL sprain and departed even more wounded — in both his body and mind.

After he went down with turf toe in the second half, his confidence was shaken.

Leidner sat out the next week against San Jose State to get healthy.

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Leidner should sit out against San Jose State.
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Mon, 09/15/2014
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Jerry Kill, welcome to football hell.

After three weeks of abysmal quarterback play, the head coach of the 2-1 Gophers is in an unenviable situation.

With a contest against lowly San Jose State on the horizon, Kill faces a season-altering decision: who to start at quarterback next weekend.

He could choose to stay with redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner. After all, Leidner helped lead the team to a bowl berth last year and proved he’s capable of being a game-changer under center.

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Mon, 09/15/2014
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Recap: The Gophers started their first road game of the season slow and never caught up as they lost to TCU 30-7. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner started for the Gophers after battling an injury throughout the week. Leidner couldn’t get it going, though, as he went 12-for-26 with 151 yards and three costly interceptions. Leidner also fumbled.

Minnesota’s rushing attack that produced 284 yards last week was only able to muster 99 yards against a stout TCU defense.

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Mitch Leidner, David Cobb and other players have nagging injuries.
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Mon, 09/15/2014
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Every time Mitch Leidner dropped back to pass in Minnesota’s 30-7 loss at TCU on Saturday, pressure seemed to come from all sides. 

TCU’s talented defense sacked the Gophers quarterback multiple times, and Leidner rarely had time to cleanly get passes off.

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