Mike Hendrickson


Drew Wolitarsky joins 100-reception club

Before Saturday’s game, 13 players had caught 100 or more receptions with Minnesota. Wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky joined the exclusive club with his fourth catch of the game against Rutgers. “I had no idea ... someone said, ‘Welcome to the century club,’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’” Wolitarsky said.

Minnesota travels to Illinois with old trips still in mind

It’s been two years, but Minnesota’s loss at Illinois still stings. The Gophers were on a four-game winning streak, but lost a 10-point, second-half lead to give the Fighting Illini their first conference win of the season. Quarterback Mitch Leidner said that game was brought up in their team meeting on Sunday — six days ahead of their first visit to Champaign since the 2014 matchup. “[Head coach Tracy Claeys] reminded us ... of the performance we had there a couple years ago,” said Leidner, the starting quarterback for the 2014 game.

Restraining orders remain in effect for five Gophers football players

Five Gophers football players are still barred from playing in games at TCF Bank Stadium after a Hennepin County District Court ruling upheldrestraining orders Tuesday. KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Tamarion Johnson, Carlton Djam and Dior Johnson will appear in court again Nov. 3

Restraining orders keeps six football players football players out of game

Restraining orders filed against six Minnesota football players last week prevented them from playing at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, according to Hennepin County Court records and media reports. Five of the players — KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson and Carlton Djam — were not allowed at Saturday’s football game against Rutgers, said Lee Hutton, the players’ attorney.

Carpenter gains redemption from game-winning kick

Emmit Carpenter probably never thought that his first game-winning field goal would come Saturday. An early 18-point lead had vanished, and Minnesota was looking to avoid one of its biggest upsets in recent memory. Rutgers was up 32-31, and Carpenter was called upon for a 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the game. The Scarlet Knights used a timeout, but Carpenter didn’t mind.

Restraining orders brought against five Gophers football players

Five Minnesota football players have been served restraining orders that would prevent them from being at TCF Bank Stadium, according to Hennepin County Court documents. The five players – KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson and Carlton Djam – will not be allowed at Saturday’s home football game against Rutgers, their attorney Lee Hutton said. The woman who filed the restraining orders participates in game day operations at TCF Bank Stadium and was involved in a Sept.

Celestin emerges as elite linebacker

Linebacker Jonathan Celestin dropped an interception against Maryland on Saturday. That wasn’t why defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel wanted to hug him. After dropping the potential pick-six, Celestin put his hands on his head, walked in circle, dove to the ground and did four push-ups as a way of punishing himself. “I think that’s awesome.

Gophers to continue with Rhoda as quarterback against Rutgers

Minnesota only needed 15 pass attempts from replacement quarterback Conor Rhoda in order to win on the road against Maryland, and the team will look to him again Saturday against Rutgers. Quarterback Mitch Leidner, who started the team’s first five games of the season, is still listed as out, and head coach Tracy Claeys said it will be hard for Leidner to play Saturday even if he is cleared before the game. “We put a lot more on the quarterback's plate now than what we have in the past,” Claeys said.