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Rhoda emerges as top quarterback in win over Oregon State

Gophers quarterback Conor Rhoda has been in a starting-spot battle with redshirt sophomore Demry Croft the whole season. After Croft gave up a fumble in the second quarter, he was benched until the last two drives. Rhoda took over the role for most of the second half and led the Gophers to a 34-point win over Oregon State in Corvallis, Oregon on Saturday. “I will say today is the first time I’ve watched Conor Rhoda take control of the football team,” head coach P.J. Fleck told reporters. 

Questions From The Other Side: Oregon State Middle Linebacker Manase Hungalu

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. Manase Hungalu, the middle linebacker for Oregon State, was interviewed this week.  Hungalu has had 16 starts in his career with the Beavers. He had 83 total tackles in 2016, the first among returners. He had eight tackles in last year’s game against Minnesota.

Fleck victorious in first game as head coach with win over Buffalo

Shannon Brooks’ 1-yard touchdown with under a minute left in the first quarter proved to be the dagger Thursday. That score gave the Gophers a one-touchdown lead, and Minnesota added a field goal to make it 17-7, giving head coach P.J. Fleck a win in his first game as the Gophers new head coach. “It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t necessarily what I wanted to see,” Fleck said. “That doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me [is] they found a way to win.”

Former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner signs with Minnesota Vikings

Former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Sunday. Leidner will join fellow Gophers alumni Isaac Fruechte and Marcus Sherels on the current Vikings roster.  The Vikings now have five quarterbacks on the roster, with four healthy. The roster, currently at 92 players, will be cut down to 53 by the Aug. 31 deadline. 

With offseason surgeries, Fleck expects most players ready by mid-August

Gophers fans worrying about injuries carrying over from last year can breathe easy. Head coach P.J. Fleck said all players on the roster will likely be able to perform contact drills by Aug. 10. “Just because you're cleared, you're fine,” Fleck said. “Playing Big 10 football and at an exceptionally high level with the speed we play at, that takes a while to get used to.”

Gophers' Heisman may need new home

Minnesota has won a single Heisman trophy since the award’s inception in the 1930’s. Bruce Smith — the player who earned the award — died in 1967 and the trophy was sold to a Los Angeles businessman, Gary Cypres, in 2005.