CHICAGO — Throughout last season, the Gophers claimed that having two capable quarterbacks in Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner was a positive.
“You can play two kids that can run your offense,” offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said in September 2013 of Minnesota’s quarterback situation.
Entering the 2014 campaign, Nelson is out of the picture and Leidner is Minnesota’s team leader. Now, the Gophers are saying that having one signal caller could help them take the next step as a football team.
The past two months have been a whirlwind for former Gophers defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.
After being selected No. 37 by the Atlanta Falcons in May’s NFL Draft, Hageman received a reported $2.2 million signing bonus, bought a Porsche, moved south and started memorizing a thick, new playbook in preparation for the upcoming season.
And as Hageman reports to Falcons training camp Thursday, he’s confident in his ability to adjust to the life of being a NFL player.
Former Gophers and NFL tight end Ben Utecht retired early due to concussions.
Chatter echoed throughout Ben Utecht’s home just miles south of the Twin Cities on Monday morning as his daughters got dressed and ready for the day.
“I want the pink polka dot glasses,” Elleora, the oldest at 5 years old, called out while descending the suburban home’s staircase into the living room. Wearing a pink dress and accessories to match, she gave her father a hug.
“You’re beautiful,” said Utecht, 33, a former NFL and University of Minnesota tight end.
The University of Minnesota is trying to fill its student section at Gophers football games — even if students alone aren’t enough.
After years of student season ticket sales plummeting, the University’s Board of Regents approved the athletics department’s request on Friday to make unsold student tickets available for the public sooner. University officials say the move will increase attendance and improve the overall atmosphere at Gophers football games.