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Minnesota redshirt sophomore WR Mark Williams has left the team.

Confirmed by a Gophers spokesperson. Williams (6'0/195) has not yet announced a transfer, but one figures to be in the cards in the coming weeks and months. He initially enrolled in the program as a two-star quarterback recruit in 2016, but began to see work as a receiver while taking an initial freshman redshirt. This past season, Williams caught two passes for 43 yards. With fellow wideouts Chris Autman-Bell and Demetrius Douglas both showing developing promise -- and intriguing freshman Rashad Bateman set to join the team this summer -- it's very possible that Williams would have been mired in depth chart purgatory had he remained with the program. Unless he opts to drop out of the FBS with his transfer, he'll be required to sit out the upcoming campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Apr 17 - 1:47 PM

Minnesota coach PJ Fleck announced that redshirt sophomore Seth Green is being moved from QB to TE.

Green was a highly-recruited signal-caller that was rated four stars by many outlets, but hasn't had a chance to see the field for Minnesota sans one appearance against Middle Tennessee State last year. He's a quality athlete, and at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, he has the size to be a threat over the middle. Fleck also mentioned that Green could see time at wide receiver, so this is a very interesting development as the Golden Gophers try and compete in the Big Ten in 2018.
Apr 3 - 8:48 PM

Rivals.com's Mike Farrell lists the quarterback battle between Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Vic Viramontes and redshirt freshman QB Tanner Morgan as one of the battles to watch in the Big Ten.

Viramontes was the top-rated junior college quarterback in the country, and enrolled at Minnesota in January. He'll likely battle Morgan for the job, a three-star signing who joined the Gophers in 2017. "I liked Viramontes out of JUCO last year and he can be an instant-impact guy," writes Farrell. "Fleck will likely lean toward Morgan because he’s a bit more polished, but in the long run watch out for Viramontes."
Source: Rivals
Mar 12 - 1:17 PM

Minnesota senior RB Shannon Brooks (lower leg) is expected to miss the 2018 season.

Rough, rough blow for the Gophers. Brooks sustained the severe leg injury without contact during the tail end of the team's winter conditioning program. Minnesota HC P.J. Fleck said that the 6-foot, 210-pounder will take a medical redshirt for the upcoming campaign and is expected back healthy with the program for the 2019 season. This past year, Brooks rushed for 369 yards (4.7 YPC) and five touchdowns across six games. He dealt with a number of injuries during the season. With Brooks out, it'll be Rodney Smith's show in 2018.
Mar 6 - 7:03 PM

Minnesota sophomore S Kendarian Handy-Holly will transfer.

Handy-Holly (6'2/201) was a three-star prospect in Minnesota's 2017 recruiting class. He first saw the field in a Sept. 30 loss to Maryland during the most recent campaign and proceeded to appear in eight total games for the Gophs, registering 12 tackles and a forced fumble along the way. The Jackson, Alabama, native is looking to transfer closer to his family, meaning that a possible move to the SEC or Sun Belt is one to watch for, here. Handy-Holly will be required to sit out the 2018 campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations barring a drop down to the FCS or JUCO ranks.
Feb 22 - 1:18 PM

Football Scoop reports that former Georgia Southern director of recruiting Zach Bell will be the new director of recruiting communications for Minnesota.

Bell left Georgia Southern in January after serving as the recruiting director for one year. He also has worked for Fresno State.
Feb 11 - 6:03 PM

Minnesota signed four-star 2018 JUCO junior T Jason Dickson.

Dickson (6'6/305) signed on with the Gophers during the early window in December after spending the past two seasons at Diablo Valley in the JUCO ranks. On the ESPN JC50, the tackle sits at No. 42 overall. He brings to the table adequate size and lateral movement, but is somewhat rigid in his movements and has shown issues in pass protection in the past. A move to guard is not outside the realm of possibility.
Feb 7 - 4:00 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that Austin Peay DC Marcus West will be Minnesota's new DL coach.

West takes over for the departing Bryce Paup. His previous defensive line coaching resume involves coaching FCS schools like Chattanooga and Division III school Wartbug. He was a part of the Governors' staff that helped Austin Peay go 8-4 after losing their previous 29 games prior to the 2017 season.
Feb 5 - 5:15 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports that Minnesota will hire Arizona CB coach Jahmile Addae.

Thamel does not specify what role Addae will play on staff for HC P.J. Fleck beyond that it will come on the defensive side of the ball. Addae had been at Arizona for the past five seasons, working as cornerbacks coach for the most recent campaign.
Source: Pete Thamel
Feb 1 - 12:56 PM

Football Scoop reports that Minnesota will shift TE coach Brian Callahan to offensive line coach.

Callahan will be taking over offensive-line coaching duties with Ed Warinner reportedly vacating that post to take a position with Michigan. This will not be his first go-round working a line -- Football Scoop named Callahan the 2016 Offensive Line Coach of the Year for his sterling efforts with Western Michigan. He followed HC P.J. Fleck over to the Gophs last winter.
Jan 20 - 2:23 PM

Athlon's Mike Bainbridge says Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Vic Viramontes has a "legitimate shot to win" the Gophers' starting quarterback job.

Viramontes, the top-rated junior college quarterback in the country, enrolled at Minnesota this month. The dual-threat quarterback originally committed to Michigan in the 2016 recruiting class but ultimately signed with California. Then came the firing of Sonny Dykes and the hiring of Justin Wilcox, which changed his plans. Viramontes transferred to Riverside City College, where he went off for 1,868 passing yards, 1,346 rushing yards, 22 passing touchdowns and 21 rushing touchdowns last season. Viramontes will battle Tanner Morgan and Seth Green for the starting job beginning in spring ball.
Jan 17 - 9:59 PM

Football Scoop reports that Minnesota will hire former Northeastern Oklahoma HC Clay Patterson to a yet-unknown staff position.

Patterson headed up the Northeastern Oklahoma football team for the past two seasons, but stepped down from that post earlier this week. The Football Scoop staff passes along that he had been receiving interest from several Power 5 programs beyond the Golden Gophers.
Jan 17 - 4:11 PM

Minnesota promoted defensive analyst Joe Rossi from defensive quality control analyst to full-time coach.

Rossi joined the Minnesota staff in 2017 after being let go from Rutgers after serving as defensive coordinator. It's not known what is role will be at this time, but Football Scoop reports he'll work with the defensive line.
Jan 16 - 11:43 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore CB Zo Craighton will transfer.

Craighton (6'1/206) was largely a non-factor during the 2017 season, as he missed the final nine games of the campaign while on the mend from a knee injury. In limited action, the redshirt sophomore recorded six tackles (five of which came against Middle Tennessee in September). ESPN ranked him as a three-star recruit coming out of high school in 2015. Craighton should be watched for a potential transfer to the south -- he hails from Louisiana.
Jan 15 - 4:18 PM

Minnesota signed four-star 2018 DE Alex Reigelsperger.

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck has a strong first full-time class as head coach of Minnesota, and Reigelsperger is one of the better gets. While he's more projection in terms of strength, he has an elite frame, and his long hands should help knock down passes and help him rip into offensive lineman to get to the quarterback. ESPN rates him the 18th best prospect at his position in the class.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 09:15:00 PM


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