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This Saturday will be the final home game for 19 players on the roster.
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Thu, 11/21/2013
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The Gophers will face arguably their toughest test of the season Saturday when they play No. 16 Wisconsin at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Badgers (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) have five straight wins and one of the top defenses and rushing offenses in the nation.

Wisconsin is a 16.5-point favorite Saturday and has won nine straight games against Minnesota.

“They’ve gone to the Rose Bowl. They’ve done a lot of good things, but I’m not too sure this isn’t their best football team,” Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said.

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The head coach’s seizures follow him on and off the field.
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Wed, 11/20/2013
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University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill turns around football programs.

In the last 15 years, he’s toured the Midwest, taking over four struggling teams and redirecting them.

He’s climbed the coaching ladder, and this season his Gophers are 8-2 and once again relevant in the Big Ten.

But health concerns have followed Kill at nearly every stop in his career.

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Derrick Engel has led the Gophers all year as one of their best receivers.
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Wed, 11/20/2013
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In the offseason, the Gophers lost Devin Crawford-Tufts and Andre McDonald — two of the team’s most talented wide receivers.

They might have just lost a third.

Senior Derrick Engel went down with a knee injury during practice Sunday afternoon.

Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said at his Tuesday press conference that he would not comment on whether Engel tore his anterior cruciate ligament until he knew test results.

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Minnesota will face Wisconsin on Nov. 23 after more than a week to prepare.
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Wed, 11/13/2013
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Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday that this week’s bye couldn’t have come at a better time for his team.

Several key players, including sophomore running back Rodrick Williams Jr., redshirt senior wide receiver Derrick Engel and junior cornerback Derrick Wells, are still recovering from injuries.

“This will be a real critical time for us,” Kill said.

Minnesota will finish the season with rival Wisconsin and Michigan State, statistically the best defensive teams in the Big Ten.

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Former defensive player Bobby Bell was recently honored in his hometown in North Carolina.
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Wed, 11/13/2013
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Shelby High School Principal and Shelby, N.C., native David Allen recalls hearing the “Legend of Bobby Bell.”

The story goes that the North Carolina football coach was recruiting in Shelby and saw Bell play, Allen said. The coach called Minnesota and said if Bell didn’t end up being a player, he’d pay for his scholarship.

Allen doesn’t know how much truth there is to the story. But if it’s true, the North Carolina coach had nothing to worry about.

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Mon, 11/11/2013
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Dear ESPN College GameDay,

There’s something special going on in Minneapolis.

I’m inviting you to spend the morning of Nov. 23 on our campus to tell college football fans across the country about the incredible turnaround taking place.

You’re already privy to our head coach’s situation. Your five-minute feature this past Saturday on Jerry Kill and his ongoing battle with epilepsy was touching.

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Recap: The Gophers outscored Penn State 24-10 in the first half and held the Nittany Lions scoreless in the second for their fourth straight Big Ten win. Penn State sustained three drives of 50 or more yards in the second half, but the Gophers stopped them from scoring on all three drives. Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson threw for 186 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score. Junior running back David Cobb rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown as the Gophers reached the eight-win mark for the first time since 2003.

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University President Eric Kaler spoke to the media before the game Saturday.
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Mon, 11/11/2013
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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said Saturday that he thinks the University made the right decision regarding head football coach Jerry Kill’s leave of absence.

“I had a lot of people in my ear saying we should fire him,” Kaler said at a press conference before the Gophers’ 24-10 win over Penn State. “That’s nonsense.  We’re going to be compassionate. We’re going to be smart about how to let Jerry get back to full strength.”

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Minnesota ran the ball effectively and made critical plays on defense.
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Mon, 11/11/2013
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The University of Minnesota football team hadn’t held the Governor’s Victory Bell trophy in so long that when players finally got their hands on the hardware Saturday, they didn’t know how to handle it.

A mob of players bolted to the opposing sidelines to take back the trophy for the first time since 2004 as the final seconds ticked away in the Gophers’ 24-10 win over Penn State University.

As the host of players hoisted the trophy in jubilation, they broke it.

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Maxx Williams is the second-leading receiver on the team this season.
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Thu, 11/07/2013
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The Gophers football team was driving to the airport after its win over Indiana last Saturday when redshirt freshman tight end Maxx Williams got a surprise.

The Williams family had been at the game and was on the side of the road waiting for the team bus to pass.

“My dad calls me and goes, ‘Be ready,’” Williams said. “Two minutes later, we hear horns going off, people cheering out the windows of these vans. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I just stood up [and said], ‘Sorry, everyone. It just might be my family.’”

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