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Derrick Engel tore his ACL last year but has recovered relatively quickly.
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Derrick Engel leapt between two Cornhuskers defenders and reeled in a touchdown, helping the Gophers to a 34-23 win.

“It was definitely a good moment for me and the team,” he said. “It probably was my biggest play of the year.”

It was more like the defining moment of his career — but less than a month later, leaping for another pass ended it.

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The Gophers held their first of 15 spring practices Tuesday afternoon.
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While the cold weather may not indicate it, spring has arrived — for the Gophers football team, at least.

Minnesota held its first of 15 spring practices Tuesday at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Those practices will culminate with the annual spring game, which is slated for April 12 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Gophers started their spring season after a successful 2013 season, which ended just 68 days ago.

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Tue, 03/04/2014
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Sports reporters Sam Gordon, Dane Mizutani and Jack Satzinger recap Minnesota's Pro Day where Gopher athletes including Brock Vereen and Ra'shede Hageman perform drills in front of NFL recruits at the Gibson/Nagurski Football Practice Facility on Monday, March 3, 2014. <a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/03/04/gophers-stand-out-pro-day">Read the full story.</a>
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Ra’Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen headlined Minnesota’s lineup.
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Tue, 03/04/2014
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Ra’Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen turned heads with their physical attributes at last month’s NFL Combine. And at the Gophers’ Pro Day on Monday morning, they showcased their football skills to 19 NFL teams.

“They always say, ‘You could run as fast as you can, you can bench 500 times, but if you can’t carry it over to the football field, it doesn’t mean anything,’” Vereen said.

Vereen led all safeties in the bench press at the NFL Combine with 25 reps. He also flashed his speed with a 4.47-second time in the 40-yard dash.

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The Gophers had nine players work out for scouts Monday morning.
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While a majority of scouts showed up to evaluate defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman and defensive back Brock Vereen, Monday’s Pro Day also afforded lesser-known players a chance to turn some heads.

“It [all] comes down to competition,” former defensive lineman Roland Johnson said. “It’s great to get out there and compete with the big dogs.”

Johnson wowed spectators and teammates when he bench-pressed 225 pounds, 40 times.

“Thank God,” he said with a grin, “but I was trying to get 50.”

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Tue, 02/25/2014
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Gophers assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bill Miller is bolting from Minneapolis to join Tim Brewster and the top-ranked Florida State football program.

Jerry Kill’s new contract will almost certainly ensure the rest of his assistants don’t do the same.

While speaking to members of the media for the first time since National Signing Day a few weeks ago, Kill addressed the implications of the new deal and how it will affect his assistant coaches.

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There are clauses in the new contract that address Jerry Kill’s health issues.
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Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill said his brother called him after he and the University of Minnesota agreed to a new contract.

“You ain’t worth that,” his brother said.

Still, after adding a year to the head coach’s old contract and bumping his salary to $2.1 million for the 2014-15 season, it appears the University of Minnesota administration thinks Kill is worth it.

Kill spoke to the media Monday afternoon for the first time since signing his new deal.

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The head football coach will stay five more seasons and make $2.1 million next year.
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Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill and the University of Minnesota have agreed to restructure the coach’s contract, athletics director Norwood Teague announced Saturday afternoon.

That new contract adds a year to Kill’s current contract, extending it through the 2018-19 season. It also increases the coach’s pay to $2.1 million for the 2014-15 season.

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The new deal adds a year to the contract and will increase the coach's pay in 2014-15.
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Simoni Lawrence played linebacker for the Gophers in 2008 and 2009.
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Wed, 02/12/2014
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The Minnesota Vikings signed former Gophers linebacker Simoni Lawrence, he confirmed in an interview with the Minnesota Daily on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a blessing because at the end of the day, this is my dream to play in the NFL,” he said. “It’s awesome.”

Lawrence played for the Gophers in 2008 and 2009. He said playing college football in the Twin Cities played a role in his decision to pick the Vikings.

“It just seemed like a good fit for me,” he said.

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The University has created three new web series that give fans inside access.
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Wed, 02/12/2014
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The Gophers football team had a historic season in 2013, winning eight games for the first time since 2003.

And it had a video series to document its success.

The athletics department produced the new “Brick by Brick” series throughout the football season. It was one of three video series the department produced this year.

 “What we’re trying to deliver to fans and anybody watching, really, is an authentic experience of what the program’s like,” said Chris Werle, associate athletics director for strategic communications.

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