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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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Leidner to practice full go Tuesday.
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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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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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Sun, 09/14/2014
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Fans react to the Vikings playing at TCF Bank Stadium at the home-opener game against New England Patriots.
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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.

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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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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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The Gophers are emphasizing hydration after some players cramped last week.
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Thu, 09/11/2014
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When the Gophers took the field on Saturday, they were greeted by 73 degrees and sunshine — similar weather to what they’ll see in Fort Worth, Texas, this Saturday against TCU.

After seeing multiple players on defense go down with cramps against Middle Tennessee State, the Gophers are looking to hold up better this time around.

“It is a concern … you can’t have your good players cramping up. It wasn’t that hot or anything like that,” head coach Jerry Kill said after Saturday’s game.

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Gophers head coach Jerry Kill was part of TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s wedding party.
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Thu, 09/11/2014
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Just a handful of years ago, Jerry Kill stood next to Gary Patterson on an altar as his best man.

On Saturday, they’ll stand on opposite sidelines as head coaches, trying to beat each other as the Gophers take on Texas Christian University.

“I promise you, he worked on us all spring. So I know how he does that with opponents and how he does preparation,” Kill said. “That’s what makes him so good.”

When Kill and Patterson face off in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, they’ll be toting very similar defenses.

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