MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – University of Minnesota football, a Minnesota Twins pitcher on watching video tape and a new member of the Minnesota Wild on the Xcel Energy Center: It’s all part of this week’s news and notes.
It was a busy weekend at TCF Bank Stadium as they hosted camps for players the Gophers might recruit, and hosted a night where couples got to pretend they were Gophers.
“We had date night the other night, and we really enjoyed that. We were able to take 100 couples through a game day experience, from the locker room to getting the game jersey to running out onto the field,” coach Jerry Kill said. “We had a lot of fun and enjoyed that. We had back-to-back camps of 200 juniors and 120 senior players.”
One player they’d like to bring in is DeLaSalle quarterback Jonah Travis. But his future might be in basketball, where he’s got quite a list of offers already.
“So far Minnesota, Lehigh, Harvard, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa State. I just got USC and then San Francisco. There’s a chance of playing football instead of basketball. I’m not leaning towards anything right now. I’ll probably just wait it out and see what happens,” Travis said.
Former Minnneapolis North and Wisconsin point guard Kammron Taylor is part of the Timberwolves NBA Summer League team.
“I was here a couple years ago and things didn’t work out so I’ve been in Europe the last couple years. I’m just getting better and I get a chance to try and make the team for the summer league. I just want to try and perform for the team every day in practice,” Taylor said.
Minnesota Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra had two sons make the Northwoods College Wood Bat All-Star Team.
Twins pitcher Cole De Vries, who threw six solid innings Thursday, said he tries not to study much video between starts.
“Right now I try to stay away from that because you can just pick yourself to death with the video. It’s amazing how much you can just screw yourself up mentally watching that and getting too into it,” De Vries said.
And Minnesota Wild first round pick Matt Dumba was impressed with the Xcel Energy Center, but he had actually been there before.
“I was here last summer for the draft and I knew it was a great facility. From the concourse to everything, just top end. Being on the ice is pretty cool. The second time around it wasn’t all new to me,” Dumba said.