How’s this for a paradigm shift in Big Ten football? Minnesota has won straight three conference games and is favored, ever so slightly, to beat Penn State. The Gophers (7-2, 3-2) gained the confidence and momentum they were lacking with a gritty victory at Northwestern three weeks ago, and now their sights are set on a New Year’s Day bowl game.
The Gopher football team takes on Northwestern on Saturday searching for Minnesota’s first Big Ten win. It will most likely be defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys’ first time as acting head coach in Jerry Kill’s absence, as the head coach is in the midst of an indefinite leave to manage his epilepsy.
It’s not very often that the Gopher football program stares at what could be a season defining game. That’s the case Saturday at home against Iowa, as a 4-0 non-conference record sets the table. In the same situation a year ago, Iowa ran over the Gophers as Mark Weisman dominated. He’s back to run the football for Iowa this season.
When Philip Nelson’s right hamstring strain forced him out of the game, Minnesota turned to redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner at quarterback. Leidner started for the Gophers last week, too, rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns and tops the depth chart going into the Big Ten opener Saturday against Iowa. Nelson, the sophomore who took over at midseason last year, has no guarantees of getting the job back.
After a big game in a big win over San Jose State on Saturday, Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner earned some Big Ten Conference recognition on Monday. Leidner, a redshirt freshman from Lakeville, ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns as the Gophers finished 4-0 in the non-conference schedule after a 43-24 win over San Jose State.
Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to lift Minnesota to a 43-24 victory over San Jose State on Saturday. Leidner was filling in for injured starter Philip Nelson, who was out with a bad hamstring. He also passed for 71 yards as the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0. Gophers coach Jerry Kill returned to the sideline a week after missing the second half because of an epileptic seizure and made it through the game without incident.
Another year has given MarQueis Gray and the Gophers more confidence about their quarterback situation.
It was National Signing Day for high school football recruits around the nation, and at the University of Minnesota, it was a relatively enjoyable day for head coach Jerry Kill.
High school football will be in the spotlight Wednesday as it’s National Signing Day for college recruits all across the nation.
Week 1 in the Minnesota high school football season is in the books. There were some blowouts and some nailbiters, expected standouts had big nights and some unknowns made a name for themselves. When it was all over, four performances stood out from Friday night.
A future Gopher quarterback wants to end his Lakeville high school career with style.