Football

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Improved pass protection should lead to improved quarterback play.
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Thu, 09/18/2014
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The Gophers finished last in the Big Ten in passing offense last season, more than 600 yards less than the next closest team.

Three games into this season, the Gophers find themselves in the same place.

Redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner has thrown for 362 yards, which is second to last among Big Ten starting quarterbacks.

However, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said the passing game struggles don’t fall completely on Leidner’s shoulders, as the quarterback hasn’t been getting enough time in the pocket.

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Mon, 11/03/2014
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It was a regular Sunday inside TCF Bank Stadium, despite a more than 3,000-person protest right outside the University of Minnesota stadium’s gates.

But as one of the largest demonstrations in campus history stirred, creating a commotion on the facility’s lawn, the NFL players didn’t seem distracted.

After the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins 29-26, tight end MarQueis Gray said the Vikings blocked the protest out of their minds and only focused on playing 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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Chris Streveler shows competency against San Jose State
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Mon, 09/22/2014
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Despite the laughable fact that the fans at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday had the same number of passing yards as the Gophers did through almost the whole game, redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Streveler might have played his way into the starting spot.

Unlike redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner’s first collegiate start, Streveler’s didn’t feature four rushing touchdowns or multiple completed passes — unless throwing one to the other team counts.

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The Gophers will return to play this weekend at home after a bye week.
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Wed, 10/08/2014
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While he didn’t register a carry in Minnesota’s 24-7 victory against San Jose State on Sept. 20, junior running back Rodrick Williams was crucial in the Gophers’ second-half push at Michigan a week later.

After that contest, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said senior running back David Cobb, who finished the 30-14 Michigan victory with 183 rushing yards, was shaken up toward the end of the game.

As Cobb sat out two series in the second half, Williams came in and ran the ball four times for 14 yards — helping the Gophers put up 10 points in the process.

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Mon, 09/22/2014
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Recap: Minnesota (3-1) compiled 380 rushing yards and only 7 passing yards to beat San Jose State for the second straight season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Streveler made his first-career start, filling in for a hobbled Mitch Leidner, and ran for 161 yards.  

Senior running back David Cobb had his second 200-plus rushing yard game of the season with 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Minnesota’s defense was solid throughout, forcing five turnovers and holding in key moments.

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Minnesota’s defense made plays when it mattered most in Saturday’s game.
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Mon, 09/22/2014
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Minnesota’s offense was more one-dimensional than ever on Saturday, pounding the ball on the ground for 380 yards while only passing for 7.

But that didn’t matter, as the Gophers (3-1) made plays on the defensive side of the ball when it mattered most.

Minnesota has playmakers at every level of its defense and benefited from looking back on film from last year’s 43-24 victory over the Spartans.

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Quarterback Chris Streveler made his first collegiate start in Saturday’s win.
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Mon, 09/22/2014
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Last year when San Jose State came to town, a redshirt freshman made his first-career start and used his legs to lead the Gophers to a victory.

Fast forward 364 days and the storyline was still the same.

This time, it was Chris Streveler filling in for an injured Mitch Leidner and leading the team to a 24-7 victory — instead of Leidner filling in for former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson.

“Mitch and I were talking before the game about the similarities of the games that him and I both had. It’s just kind of funny,” Streveler said.

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The Gophers' athletics director also talked about the upcoming game basketball game in Puerto Rico.
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Thu, 10/30/2014
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The Minnesota Daily met with University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague on Wednesday for the second edition of “Talkin’ with Teague.”

Teague discussed Gophers coaches, Gov. Mark Dayton’s letter regarding the athletics department’s ticket bundling policy for this year and other topics.

The University recently extended deals with Nike and Bauer. What factors played into these decisions?

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In the first interview of a new Daily series, the athletics director discussed the Vikings and school facilities.
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Tue, 09/23/2014
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The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague for its inaugural edition of “Talkin’ with Teague” on Thursday.

Teague, now in his third year at the University, discussed new NCAA rules, the school’s facilities and the Minnesota Vikings’ presence on campus.

The NCAA established a new rule in April allowing athletes to have unlimited snacks. What impact do you believe this has had on the school’s student-athletes?

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