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Alonzo Craighton, who signed Wednesday, is a two-star recruit.
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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.

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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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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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CBS Sports ranks Maxx Williams No.32 on its big board
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When Maxx Williams announced he would enter the 2015 NFL Draft earlier this month, the young tight end made one of the best decisions of his career.

After winning the Big Ten Tight End of the Year Award and being named a Second Team All-American, Williams certainly leaves his time at Minnesota on a high note.

He also walks away from a Gophers’ offense that could be downright disastrous in 2015.

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Thu, 10/30/2014
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Thu, 10/23/2014
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Redshirt sophomore tight end Maxx Williams will forego his final two years of eligibility at Minnesota.
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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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