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Tue, 04/07/2015
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Whenever the Gophers defense needed a lift last year, there was a pretty good chance Briean Boddy-Calhoun would make a game-altering play.

As the cornerback prepares for his senior season, he’s focused on leading a talented and experienced group of defensive backs.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys coming up,” Boddy-Calhoun said last month. “I just really want to coach those guys and get them ready for when we leave
and just to have an even better year next year.”

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Tue, 03/31/2015
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The 2015 Final Four is officially set following the weekend’s Elite Eight action.

Wisconsin, Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke will all head to Indianapolis to compete in what will probably be the cherry on top of a masterful 2015 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The uproar of March Madness has led many pundits and fans to believe that a similar format could be successful in college football.

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Maxx Wiliams, a former tight end for the Gophers, could be a first-round NFL draft pick.
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Wed, 03/04/2015
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A year ago, former defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman was on track to be the first University of Minnesota player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2006.

Hageman, however, slipped to the fifth pick of the second round, extending Minnesota’s first-round drought for yet another year.

But it seems like the streak will only last one more month, as former Gophers tight end Maxx Williams’ chances of being a first-round pick seems increasingly promising with every new mock draft release.

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Minnesota will need to find replacements for David Cobb and Maxx Williams.
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Wed, 03/04/2015
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When Mitch Leidner began spring practice for the Gophers last year, he had only passed for 619 yards in limited reps.

But now — after a completed redshirt sophomore season in which he was Minnesota’s emotional leader and played in nearly every game — he seemed much more poised at this year’s spring practice start on Tuesday.

“It feels a lot different. I feel a lot more comfortable,” Leidner said. “By now, I feel really confident in our offense.”

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Pro day provides a poor way to evaluate prospects.
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Tue, 03/03/2015
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Scouts, coaches, teammates, friends, families and media all packed into Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex for Minnesota’s pro day on Monday.

Every person in the building focused his or her eyes on the prospects as they showcased what they can offer NFL teams.

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The former Gophers defensive back ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at Monday’s pro day.
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Tue, 03/03/2015
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Cedric Thompson sensed that NFL scouts saw his perceived lack of athleticism as a weakness. But at Minnesota’s pro day on Monday, he showed them exactly why it might be a strength.

The former Gophers defensive back exceeded expectations in the 40-yard dash with a blazing time of 4.37 seconds. After that, Thompson went to the vertical jump where he showed the 22 NFL teams represented that he can leap more than 40 inches.

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The women’s tackle football team has new ownership and is growing more than ever.
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Tue, 02/10/2015
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The sound of squeaky shoes echoed off the walls of the Bethany Global University gymnasium on Saturday morning as players began stretching.

Though the practice was just beginning, beads of sweat were already falling from Minnesota Vixen players’ brows as they filtered into their position drills.

University of Minnesota student Nikki Graf was among them.

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Alonzo Craighton, who signed Wednesday, is a two-star recruit.
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Thu, 02/05/2015
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A few weeks before Alonzo Craighton’s sophomore season of high school football was supposed to begin, it ended.

The wiry defensive back from Louisiana was going through shuttle drills in practice when he tried to make a cut too quickly.

Snap.

The growth plate in his left ankle fractured, and he had to sit back and watch while coaches from touted schools came to recruit coveted teammate Justin Reid, who committed to Stanford over LSU and Notre Dame on Wednesday.

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Quarterback Demry Croft will join the Gophers next season.
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Thu, 02/05/2015
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At 6 feet, 5 inches with a 4.66 second 40-yard dash time, Demry Croft looks like a college wide receiver.

Two years ago, that’s exactly what he was projected to be. But after switching to quarterback midway through his junior season, the Rockford, Ill., native is the Gophers’ signal caller of the future.

Before Minnesota’s staff saw Croft play for the first time, head coach Jerry Kill admittedly “didn’t know that much” about him.

That changed — fast.

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Wed, 02/04/2015
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Wednesday, college football fans across the country will flip on their television screens to see if some of the big-name college football prospects will head to their favorite teams.

This day is one full of wonder and excitement for many, but is disturbing — on far too many levels — for someone, like me, to enjoy.

Teenagers will go before crowded audiences of reporters, photographers and camera crews to announce where they will be continuing their education.

Because college is still about furthering education, remember?

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