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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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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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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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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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Mitch Leidner is now the odds-on favorite to call the shots next season.
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Tue, 01/21/2014
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It seems Mitch Leidner received an early birthday present this year from Philip Nelson in the form of the keys to the Gophers football program.

Nelson announced Jan. 16 his decision to transfer from the University of Minnesota to another program for next season.

Talks of a potential quarterback controversy heading into the offseason ignited after the Gophers’ 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Dec. 27 Texas Bowl.

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Andre McDonald left the Gophers football program last fall after multiple suspensions.
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Wed, 01/22/2014
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Andre McDonald was one of the nation’s most sought-after receivers coming out of Hopkins High School in 2012. Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Minnesota all courted the four-star recruit.

He ultimately opted for the Gophers but left the program last fall after being suspended multiple times.

Now, McDonald plans to enroll at Division III University of Wisconsin-River Falls to play football and basketball, he told the Minnesota Daily on Jan. 14.

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Minnesota sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson announced his decision to transfer Wednesday.
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Thu, 01/16/2014
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Philip Nelson is leaving the University of Minnesota football program after two seasons, according to multiple reports that surfaced Thursday.

Nelson, a Mankato, Minn., native, started nine games during the 2013 season and recorded 1,306 passing yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns in Minnesota's run-heavy offense.

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