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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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Minnesota sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson announced his decision to transfer Wednesday.
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Jerry Kill returned to the sideline for the second half
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Fri, 12/27/2013
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The last time Minnesota played in the Texas Bowl, it squandered a late fourth quarter lead to lose by single digits.

History repeated itself Friday night when the Gophers (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) lost to Syracuse (7-6, 4-4 ACC) 21-17.

Minnesota entered the fourth quarter trailing 14-3, but got its passing attack going behind Mitch Leidner who replaced Philip Nelson at quarterback early on.

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Jerry Kill returned to the sideline for the second half
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J'Vonte Herrod will make his college decision next month.
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Fri, 12/27/2013
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It’s said that everyone likes a good underdog story.

That’s one reason Gophers fans have fallen for junior running back David Cobb this season.

Cobb started the season third on Minnesota’s depth chart, but has since gained the starting spot and rushed for more than 1,000 yards after just 65 yards combined in his first two seasons. 

And another up-and-coming running back might be joining him in Dinkytown soon.

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J'Vonte Herrod will make his college decision next month.
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Minnesota beat Syracuse 17-10 last season at TCF Bank Stadium.
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Fri, 12/27/2013
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Minnesota’s past two games were low-scoring affairs against defensive-minded teams.

And the Gophers (8-4, 4-4 Big Ten) should expect more of the same as they face off with Syracuse (6-6, 4-4 ACC) in the Texas Bowl on Friday night in Houston, Texas.

That’s because Syracuse’s Scott Shafer and Minnesota’s Jerry Kill have similar backgrounds.

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Minnesota beat Syracuse 17-10 last season at TCF Bank Stadium.
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Diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, Connor Cosgrove is starting fresh.
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Wed, 12/11/2013
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Connor Cosgrove has the most important day of his life stenciled on a sticker in his room. It’s lost some of its adhesive over time, but the meaning has never faded.

And now it’s only two days away.

After a three-year battle with leukemia, Cosgrove will go through his final chemotherapy treatment Friday.

“I’ve literally thought about this day every single day through this entire process,” he said.

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Minnesota is going back to the Texas Bowl for the second straight season.
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Wed, 12/11/2013
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On Dec. 27, the Gophers have an opportunity to win their first bowl game since 2004 when they travel to Houston to battle Syracuse in the Texas Bowl.

The weekend also gives Minnesota the chance to gain a recruiting edge in Texas, one of the most prolific high school football states in the nation.

In the class of 2014, 12 of the top 100 recruits hail from the state of Texas, according to Rivals.com. And the Gophers’ presence in Texas for the second straight year could benefit the team.

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Tue, 12/10/2013
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As usual, the BCS got it right.

Still, if there was a year where a playoff would be especially fitting, it’d be this one.

No. 1 Florida State against No. 2 Auburn is the right title game matchup, and both teams boast the best credentials of any of the viable contenders.

I’m expecting a competitive, entertaining game, but I’m also not so sure Alabama isn’t the best team in the country.

That’s pretty much the story of the last 15 years.

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Minnesota will face Syracuse on Dec. 27 in Houston.
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Mon, 12/09/2013
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Not everything’s bigger in Texas.

For the second straight season, the Gophers are going to the Big Ten’s bowl game with the smallest significance.

Minnesota (8-4) will face Syracuse in the Texas Bowl slated for Dec. 27 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

After the Gophers’ most successful season in 10 years, some speculated they could at last make it to a more prestigious January bowl game.

But those slots were filled by Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska.

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Minnesota will face Syracuse on Dec. 27 in Houston.
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