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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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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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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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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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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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CBS Sports ranks Maxx Williams No.32 on its big board
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Tue, 01/20/2015
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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, 10/23/2014
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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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