Dane Mizutani


Vereen avoids NFL draft hype, climbs draft boards

Brock Vereen hasn’t watched much ESPN over the last few months. He’s caught a few games of the NBA playoffs and an MLB game here and there, but he has spent most of his time fixated on Netflix and video games. A standout defensive back for Minnesota during the past four seasons, Vereen has made a point to avoid all the hype surrounding the 2014 NFL Draft — a three-day event that kicks off Thursday night.

Williams shines with hopes of a comeback

Rodrick Williams hasn’t taken a meaningful carry in a game in more than six months. He started last year as part of a two-headed monster in the backfield, but a foot injury in the middle of the season derailed his sophomore campaign. Williams missed two games with the injury, and by the time he returned, fellow running back David Cobb had taken a strong hold on the starting spot. It’s been clear throughout the spring that Williams, a Lewisville, Texas, native, is gunning to be the No. 1 running back when the season opens up in August.

Ellenson, Yedoni both win titles in Arizona

The Minnesota men’s track and field squad split up over the weekend, with some traveling to Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Angel Track Classic, and others staying home to compete in the Holst Invitational in St. Paul.

Gophers take third in Iowa

Minnesota's men's golf team is amid one of its best seasons in recent memory. It continued that trend this weekend at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa. The Gophers finished third as a team with an aggregate score of 6-over par. Minnesota has now placed in the top three of a tournament three times this spring season. Iowa, the tournament host, finished 17 strokes ahead of Minnesota and won the competition.

Gophers finish tied for sixth

The Gophers women's golf team was back at it over the weekend and tied for sixth at the Web.com Intercollegiate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  Minnesota shot an aggregate 20-over par over the course of the three-round tournament. It finished more than 30 strokes behind champion Florida State. The Seminoles finished 24 strokes ahead of the second-place team.

Courter returns from injury, leads team

Julia Courter can be heard from across the Baseline Tennis Center during competitions. Her voice echoes throughout the facility — either celebrating after a won point or cheering on her teammates. “She brings a lot to the team,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “She has great energy, and she’s really positive. She sets the tone.” It’s for that reason that the team is happy to have her back in the lineup after she missed all of last season with a left wrist injury.

Northwestern players could unionize

Northwestern football players took a big step toward potential compensation for college athletes Wednesday when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the group can officially unionize as it sees fit. The ruling represents uncharted territory for college athletics. Though it has no direct implications on student-athletes at Minnesota, it opens the door to similar cases in the future. Wildcats players — namely, former quarterback Kain Colter — made a push toward being recognized as employees a few months ago.

Mendez leads Gophers to second place

Minnesota’s men’s golf team finished up Tuesday with a team score of 18-over par, good for a second-place finish at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gophers sat all alone in fourth at the start of the third and final round, but consistent play, coupled with an implosion from Oregon and Loyola Marymount, paved the way to a second-place spot on the podium. Oregon State blew away the rest of the field with a final team score of 9-over par.

Minnesota sits alone in fourth after Monday

The Gophers men’s golf team sits alone in fourth place after the first and second rounds of play at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gophers finished the two rounds of action Monday with an aggregate team score of 12-over par, six strokes behind Oregon State. The Gophers shot 6-over par as a team in both rounds. Minnesota freshman Jose Mendez led the squad at 2-under par. Mendez has been a star performer on the team since he stepped foot on campus, and he sits alone in second place, one shot off the lead.

Gophers men, women blow past Nebraska

The Gophers men’s tennis team hadn’t played a home match in nearly a month. It was a clear Sunday afternoon, and the team was happy to be home. Minnesota, back at the Baseline Tennis Center for the first time in three weeks, used an impressive performance on the doubles side and a few quick wins in singles to top Nebraska 5-2. “I think the guys were playing aggressive, and we’re doing a pretty good job at keeping up good energy,” head coach Geoff Young said. “It was all around a good match for us.”