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Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck expects two quarterbacks to play in the season opener against Buffalo.

Junior Demry Croft and redshirt senior Conor Rhoda have been competing for playing time all offseason. We all know the saying, that if a team trots out two quarterbacks they likely don't have one worthy of the title. However, it seems Fleck is awarding competition. Perhaps he will move to a single passer after the first game.
Aug 18 - 9:35 AM

Minnesota HC P.J. Fleck indicated that he is not ruling out playing two quarterbacks during the season.

Junior Demry Croft and redshirt senior Conor Rhoda are battling for starting honors. Said Fleck, "It hasn’t been an easy decision to say this guy has won the job, because they’re both playing at a high level." He explained colorfully that it would be "crazy" to not keep open the option of playing both Croft and Rhoda in the season. All of this being said, Fleck has indicated that he would like to have a definitive starter in place before the start of the campaign.
Aug 16 - 3:43 PM

Former Florida junior CB/S Chris Williamson transferred to Minnesota.

Williamson shifted from corner to safety over the spring and abruptly left the program prior to fall camp. We don't know which spot P.J. Fleck will prefer him in, but the Gopher coaching staff will have time to sort that out with Williamson set to sit out this fall to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rules. Williamson made one start and appeared in 14 games for the Gators during his career.
Jul 31 - 3:45 PM

Former Alabama redshirt junior DT O.J. Smith transferred to Minnesota.

Smith, a 2014 Under Armour All-American, was a three-star member of Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class. He'll have to sit out this season. In 2018, he'll have one year of eligibility to use.
Jul 27 - 12:27 PM

NFL scouts consider Minnesota redshirt senior TE Nathaniel Wozniak a street free agent, but Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as more.

Wozniak is a hulking 6-foot-10, 275-pounder, looking more like a tackle than a tight end. "He catches the ball extremely well and dominates as a blocker," Pauline wrote. "I don’t believe Wozniak will be drafted but do think he has a real chance to make a roster as a third tight end." Wozniak made 13 catches for 135 yards last year.
Jul 22 - 2:06 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that NFL scouts are high on Minnesota senior DT Steven Richardson.

Interestingly, so is the Pro Football Focus gang that charts games. PFF has ranked Richardson as the No. 4 overall returning player in the Big 10. Richardson was named All-Big Ten Third Team by both the coaches and media last season. Richardson broke out with 31 tackles, 11 TFL, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, two recoveries and a pass break-up.
Jul 22 - 1:35 PM

Minnesota HC P.J. Fleck will be profiled on a four-part documentary titled 'Being P.J. Fleck' set to air on ESPNU starting on August 2.

The documentary (which will be released in four 30-minute installments) will follow Fleck's journey after being hired by Minnesota this winter. Per the press release, 'Being P.J. Fleck' "documents him in various settings, which includes teams meetings, hospital visits and motivational speeches around the country." It would seem that the cult wildfire spawned by 'Being Bret Bielema' has begun to spread to other corners of the CFB landscape.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 21 - 3:20 PM

Florida junior S Chris Williamson will transfer.

Williamson (5'11/191) recorded five tackles in nine games last season. He made one start in that space. While he was not expected to be a major contributor in 2017, his transfer thins out a secondary which just lost S Marcell Harris to a torn Achilles. Williamson will have to sit out the coming season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations should he move on to another FBS outfit.
Jul 20 - 7:23 PM

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Minnesota redshirt senior DT Merrick Jackson is highly inconsistent but "unstoppable" when on.

"[J]ust watch the Wisconsin film," Pauline wrote. "Jackson has the size, power and explosion to hold down the nose tackle spot in the NFL. If [HC P.J.] Fleck can motivate him to play to his potential, Jackson will soar up draft boards." Jackson (6'2/320) debuted with the Gophs last year after spending three years in the JUCO ranks. He recorded only eight tackles, two TFL and a safety.
Jul 18 - 1:16 PM

Minnesota junior T Donnell Greene "is a massive lineman with potential at guard or tackle," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He needs to step up his game and improve his conditioning but has late-round possibilities," Pauline wrote. Greene tips the scales at 6-foot-7, 345 pounds.
Jul 17 - 3:13 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Minnesota senior TE Brandon Lingen "is a solid pass catcher and adequate blocker."

"He has solid size and could jump into the third day of the draft if he stays healthy and has a good season then runs well during workouts," Pauline wrote. Lingen missed the majority of last season with a leg injury.
Jul 17 - 1:28 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Smith "projects well as a situational back at the next level," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He can flip it on through the hole or turn the corner, and I appreciate the way he creates yardage," Pauline wrote. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Smith ran for 1,158 yards and 16 touchdowns over the course of 13 games played last season. He and Shannon Brooks make for a dynamic running back duo.
Jul 17 - 12:34 PM

Minnesota outside linebacker/edge rusher sophomore Carter Coughlin moved to DE this spring.

New Gophers defensive coordinator Robb Smith’s base 4-3 system needed another defensive end, and Coughlin, one of the most highly-decorated recruits Minnesota has signed in the past decade, fit the bill. Coughlin had four TFL, two sacks and 25 total tackles in 11 games last year. Coughlin, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, will have to bulk up if he wants to remain a DE into his professional life.
Jun 30 - 2:09 PM

Alabama redshirt junior DT O.J. Smith will transfer.

Smith was a 2014 Under Armour All-American who was a three-star member of Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class. Buried on the depth chart, he played in a combined two games over the past two years.
Jun 7 - 1:36 PM

Minnesota junior QB Demry Croft completed 8-of-14 passes in the spring game.

Croft began making his case to be Mitch Leidner's heir immediately, completing a 60-yard pass on the first play of the day. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Croft is tall, supremely athletic and comes with good arm strength. He's also raw, thin and inaccurate. Croft is battling redshirt senior Conor Rhoda and redshirt freshman Seth Green for the starting job in P.J. Fleck's first Gopher offense.
May 24 - 2:03 PM


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