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Arkansas State was right to eventually lift its ban on players' helmet decals.
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Many college football fans would say that last weekend’s most contentious story was the suspension of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

They’d be wrong.

Less than two weeks ago, Arkansas State University banned the school’s football players from putting cross stickers on their helmets to honor two former members of the ASU program who tragically passed away this past year.

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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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Minnesota’s defense made plays when it mattered most in Saturday’s game against San Jose State.
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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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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 consecutive 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 game of at least 200 rushing yards. He ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns.

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

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Chris Streveler ran for 161 yards but passed for just seven yards in his first-career start.
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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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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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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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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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The matchup with the Spartans could be similar to last year’s game.
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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.

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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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