Football

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Tue, 02/11/2014
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In the future, we’ll get to a day and age when being a gay athlete won’t be front-page news.

That’s not the case in today’s society.

On Sunday, however, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam brought us closer to that day by tearing at the cultural barrier that rejects homosexuality in sports.

On Sunday, Sam showed us that he’s not about dollars — he’s about change.

On Sunday, Sam, whose professional career has yet to begin, paved the way for young athletes who might not yet have the courage to stand up for who they are.

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A breakdown of the Gophers' 2014 recruiting class after National Signing Day.
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Thu, 02/06/2014
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JEFF JONES, RUNNING BACK, 4 STARS

Height/weight: 6 feet; 198 pounds

Hometown: Minneapolis

High school: Washburn High School

Offers: Jones had offers from 11 schools, including Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Notes: Jones is the top-ranked recruit in Minnesota. He rushed for 1,525 yards as a senior and was named Minnesota’s 2013 Mr. Football.

 

ISAIAH GENTRY, WIDE RECEIVER, 3 STARS

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Thu, 02/06/2014
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When Jeff Jones straps on his shoulder pads, dons the maroon and gold and hits the turf at TCF Bank Stadium for the first time, he won’t just be living out his dream.

He’ll be living out the dream of every Gophers football fan who envisions a day when the state’s best recruits stay home.

The four-star recruit’s commitment and its subsequent impact could be more meaningful than anything he ever accomplishes on the gridiron. And we’re talking about a helluva football player.

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Four-star recruit Jeff Jones officially committed to the Gophers on Wednesday.
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Thu, 02/06/2014
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Jeff Jones, the No. 1 high school football player in the state of Minnesota, announced his commitment to the Gophers on Wednesday morning at Washburn High School.

Jones chose Minnesota over Iowa State and Tennessee.

“I knew Minnesota was the right choice for me,” he said. “They run the ball, and with Kill’s staff, you look at their track record, they win games.”

The four-star running back is by far Minnesota’s splashiest recruit this year, ranked 44th in the nation according to Rivals.com.

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The four-star recruit announced his decision Friday at Chanhassen High School.
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Fri, 01/31/2014
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Frank Ragnow will strap on the shoulder pads for Arkansas, not the Gophers, next season.

Ragnow, a three-star offensive lineman recruit, announced his decision Friday afternoon at Chanhassen High School.

Ragnow was the third-best recruit in the state, according to Rivals.com, and was a priority on Minnesota's recruiting board this season. He had 17 offers from all across the nation but in the end it came down to three schools: Arkansas, Florida State, and the Gophers. 

A chance to play in the SEC was too much to pass up.

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The four-star recruit announced his decision Friday at Chanhassen High School.
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Philip Nelson said he wants to play for an offense that passes more.
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Thu, 01/30/2014
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Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers to continue his college football career.

Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month, saying he wanted to play in an offense centered more on the passing attack.

“I am excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents,” he said in a statement earlier this month.

In Nelson’s eyes, that program is Rutgers.

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Philip Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month and will enroll at Rutgers.
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Wed, 01/29/2014
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Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers and will continue his collegiate career with the Scarlett Knights, according to multiple reports Wednesday. 

Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month, citing he wanted to play in an offense that emphasized the passing attack more. 

Rutgers ranked 62nd in the NCAA with 235.6 passing yards per game last season. Minnesota sat 115th with a measly 148.1 passing yards per game. 

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Ra’Shede Hageman is projected to go as a first- or second-round selection.
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Tue, 01/28/2014
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Ra’Shede Hageman dominating the gridiron is nothing new to Gophers fans — the monster defensive tackle did it consistently throughout his senior season.

Hageman got the chance to showcase his talents in front of dozens of NFL coaches and scouts at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last week.

And from the sounds of it, it was hard not to be impressed with the Gophers star.

Hageman started at defensive end for the North team in the 2014 Senior Bowl and recorded an assisted tackle
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Minnesota saw an increase in overall bowl attendance this season as well.
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Wed, 01/22/2014
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The University of Minnesota sent three full buses to Houston for this year’s student road trip to the Gophers’ bowl game — a marked improvement over last year, when the bus was barely half-full.

The University-sponsored student road trip increased participation from 25 students in 2012 to 130 at this year’s Texas Bowl.

University sport management senior Slade Williams traveled on both trips as one of thousands of fans to cheer on the Gophers.

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Tue, 01/21/2014
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Gophers football coaches spent the entire season trying to corral the team’s quarterback situation.

And despite an 8-5 season, they never quite figured it out.

So Philip Nelson took matters into his own hands.

The sophomore signal caller, who led the Gophers on their first four-game Big Ten winning streak in a single season in 40 years, announced his decision to transfer last week — a synergic move that will benefit both parties.

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