The NFL draft is two weeks away, and one Gopher is hoping to hear his name. Linebacker Damien Wilson flourished this season, and now he’s training and preparing for a shot at the big time.
The Gophers football coaches made no bones about it at the start of the spring: If their team is to get better, their passing game has to get better. So has it? “Yeah, definitely,” quarterback Mitch Leidner said. “I feel like we’ve taken a huge step.”
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Like Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Gophers’ staff carefully monitors the progress of its quarterback — Mitch Leidner. He heads to the Citrus Bowl, ready to take another step. Leidner has grown in the fall of 2014, making strides at a position where you better be good.
Driven by a substantial size advantage on the offensive line, Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Concord University 47-13 in a semifinal game of the NCAA Division II football playoffs Saturday. The Mavericks had nine possessions in the game and scored touchdowns on the first six, adding a field goal on the seventh.
Later this week the Heisman Trophy will add one new member to the most exclusive fraternity in sports. It is widely expected that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will hear his name announced as the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, which would make him the first player in program history to win the highest individual honor in college football.
College Football Spotlight: Stage For Awesome Playoff Set And How The Big 12 Can Join The Fun Next Year
The stage is now set for the first College Football Playoff, and it is going to be fantastic. Unfortunately, somebody had to be left out of the big party, and this year the Big 12 saw not one but two worthy candidates be shutout of the playoff.
This week’s slate of conference championship games not only serves as an appetizer or opening round to the College Football Playoff, but it doubles as the grand stage for this year’s top Heisman candidates to showcase their stuff and perhaps offer a signature Heisman moment before the votes are due.
Minnesota State Mankato is undefeated, and the new coach is the old coach. Todd Hoffner was initially rejected by his team at spring practice. “I don’t think anybody could understand completely everything that I went through, and how difficult and challenging for myself and my wife,” Hoffner said.
The College Football Playoff will determine college football’s first national champion in the new playoff model in January, but the real playoff begins this weekend.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota looks to be the favorite this season, but Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon also has a decent shot to win the award. Everybody else may be playing for third place.
The signs of progress at Minnesota are plentiful. The 22nd-ranked Gophers have cracked the Associated Press poll for the first time in more than six years. They’ve posted consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 2002 and 2003. They’ve got a chance to go to the Big Ten championship game.
With Thanksgiving upon us, we should all take some time to think about what we are thankful for. There is plenty of drama to pay attention to this weekend, and that is something every college football fan can be thankful for.
Briean Boddy-Calhoun ripped the ball out of Nebraska receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El’s hands at the Minnesota 2-yard line after Mitch Leidner scored the go-ahead touchdown, and the Gophers overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 21 Nebraska 28-24 on Saturday.
If you are looking for this year’s young rising star with a shot to win the Heisman Trophy, look no further than Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. The freshman starting quarterback has stepped into a tough spot and has grown and matured along the way with terrific results.
College football’s regular season is coming down the final stretch, which means it is crunch time in the conference and division championship races. Not every team is playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but everybody seems to have some impact on the new postseason format.
The Florida Gators won’t have their head coach Will Muschamp back next year. After a struggling season, the coach is out after the final two games of the regular season vs. Eastern Kentucky and Florida State.
J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and another score, helping the eighth-ranked Buckeyes overcome three turnovers and wintry weather to beat Minnesota 31-24 on Saturday afternoon.
At Mississippi State, this week is an opportunity to prove to the college football world their bubble is not easy to pop. Mississippi State has won at LSU. They have handled defending SEC champion Auburn. They are ranked number one in the country, yet they still have something to prove.
Maxx Williams caught three of Mitch Leidner’s four touchdown passes, and Minnesota ran for 291 yards in a romp past Iowa 51-14 on Saturday afternoon to retake the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after a two-year absence.
With teams vying for four playoff spots and bowl game placements, this weekend can either cause a big shakeup or solidify seeds/rankings to both the bowl game and playoff picture. While there are many top matchups this weekend to watch, let’s look at the 5 must-watch games that have the most at stake for the teams playing in them.
Auburn has three Heisman Trophy winners in school history. Quarterback Nick Marshall is a rising candidate in this year’s race, and signature moments in November could end up naming him the fourth Auburn player as the Heisman Trophy winner.
Our expectations before the start of the season can quickly be tarnished in a flash. But no matter what happens, November will always find a way to set the stage for a championship race like no other month can.