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In his return to action, Minnesota sophomore RB Shannon Brooks (foot) ran 13 times for 85 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's victory over Colorado State.

Brooks, who was playing in his first game of the year, broke his foot in August. Brooks came into the summer as the starter but may have fallen slightly behind Rodney Smith following the latter's hot start. The two will platoon.
Sep 26 - 10:33 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Smith rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in Saturday's 31-24 victory over Colorado State.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder had four more carries than platoon mate Shannon Brooks, who had 85 yards and a score on 13 carries. Now that Brooks is fully healthy, expect the timeshare to continue, crippling the fantasy upside of both.
Sep 24 - 3:28 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner completed 16-of-20 attempts for 174 yards and an interception in Saturday's win over Colorado State.

We continue to not see much of an NFL prospect here. The Gophers coaches don't completely trust Leidner in the pocket, not allowing him to push the ball down the field or attempt risky throws. What Leidner is is a rock-solid collegiate dual-threat signal-caller. In this one, he chipped in 50 yards and a score on the ground. Reports of a Carson Wentz-like ascension were premature. Leidner never had the gun. He now has an 0/1 TD/INT rate in two games against FBS teams.
Sep 24 - 3:26 PM

Minnesota sophomore RB Shannon Brooks (foot) sits at third on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Colorado State.

Brooks broke his foot in August camp and has yet to play this season. Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary are listed ahead of him on the current depth chart. While the 6-foot, 205-pounder has a chance to see the field this week, Smith will remain Minnesota's lead back until Brooks is healthy enough to compete for a larger workload.
Source: Andy Greder
Sep 20 - 1:31 PM

Police are investigated four suspended Minnesota players in relation to an alleged sexual assault.

It should be noted up front that while these players are being tied into the investigation, it is not yet known whether they are being considered suspects or merely persons of interest. A Minneapolis Police Department spokesman said that they are "working to determine how [the players] are involved in the case at this time." The assault in question was reported on September 3. The four players -- S Dior Johnson, CB KiAnte Hardin, CB Ray Buford and DE Tamarion Johnson -- were all suspended prior to Saturday's win over Indiana State due to an unspecified violation of team rules.
Sep 13 - 12:49 PM

Minnesota junior TE Brandon Lingen will miss the next 4-5 weeks with a broken clavicle.

He will undergo surgery and have a plate inserted since Lingen broke the same bone earlier in his career. Lingen also dealt with a shoulder injury this offseason that forced him to miss the opener. Lingen was an important piece to Minnesota's offense in 2015, catching 33 passes.
Sep 12 - 10:57 AM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Micth Leidner completed 20-of-30 attempts for 295 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 58-28 win over Indiana State.

Not much to critique here. Leidner took care of business against this FCS cupcake, playing incredibly efficiently if not very explosively. Leidner averaged 9.8 yards per attempt but had a long of just 26. He showed nice chemistry with Drew Wolitarsky specifically.
Sep 10 - 3:33 PM

Minnesota sophomore RB Shannon Brooks (foot) was ruled out for Saturday's game against Indiana State.

He could return after next week’s bye, according to coach Tracy Claeys. "I would say there is a good chance he will be ready for Colorado State (Sept. 24) unless something gets set back here in the next week or so," Claeys said. Brooks suffered the injury in early August and missed the opener.
Sep 9 - 8:01 PM

Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys says junior TE Brandon Lingen (shoulder) could return for Saturday's Indiana State game.

Lingen has been cleared to play but Claeys isn't sure how he'll use him against Indiana State. "That’s a good question," Claeys said. "He’s practiced all week and is practicing in pads, so we will have to see how it goes. I would like for him to play this weekend. I really would, but we’ll see how he feels after (Thursday’s) practice." Lingen missed the opener against Oregon State. With him on the shelf, backup tight end Nate Wozniak had three catches for 33 yards. Lingen caught 33 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns last year.
Sep 9 - 7:59 PM

Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys insists that sophomore WR Rashad Still hasn’t been lost for the season due to a shoulder injury.

"It’s amazing, things get tweeted out — everybody puts stuff out there," Claeys said. "It’s not two or three months [until Still returns], OK? He’s probably going to be out four weeks, would be my guess, depending on how he heals. … And no, we’re not considering redshirting him. That’s not an option." The 6-foot-5, 205-pound sophomore made 18 receptions last year. He was injured while falling hard on a deep route in last week’s opener against Oregon State.
Sep 8 - 5:32 PM

Minnesota sophomore RB Shannon Brooks (foot) hasn't yet been ruled out for Saturday's game against Indiana State.

From the sounds of HC Tracy Claeys' quotes, it seems more likely that we see Brooks back after Minnesota's bye. Two weeks from Saturday, the Gophs play against Colorado State. It's probably best to save Brooks, who's a little more than four weeks into his recovery from a broken foot, for then.
Sep 7 - 1:23 PM

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys told the media he plans to go for two point conversions when leading late in games, citing momentum.

Claeys drew the ire of many analysts for his decision against Oregon State. The team just scored a touchdown to bring the score to 20-13 with 1:27 remaining in the game. Rather than add one point to bring the lead to eight, Claeys went for two. The mental side of it is, you score there late [to go up by seven], you have the momentum," Claeys said. "Your kids are feeling good. Theirs aren't feeling good. I think you're going to get that two-point conversion more often than you're not going to." This mindset is certainly breaking group think.
Sep 3 - 9:28 AM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Smith turned in a nice performance in Thursday's 30-23 win over Oregon State, rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

Smith served as the workhorse in this one, as usual co-conspirator Shannon Brooks was unable to play due to a broken right foot suffered near the beginning of August camp. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder made the most of his expanded opportunity and averaged an even 5.0 YPC, with a long run of 27 yards. Both of his scoring rumbles were of the minute variety -- a four-yard scoring run in the second quarter, a two-yarder in the fourth. A showdown with Indiana State surfaces next on the schedule. Smith makes for a fine waiver flier in the absence of Brooks, though it should be noted that the latter is expected to return later this month.
Sep 2 - 12:54 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Micth Leidner completed 13 of 26 attempts for 130 yards in the school's 30-23 win over Oregon State.

Leidner rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, but he was far from impressive as a passer. Leidner earned some praise this summer, however, we have a difficult time remembering where that optimism originated. He's an average at best collegiate quarterback.
Sep 2 - 10:22 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner No. 6 among quarterbacks in the 2017 draft.

Apparently McShay and Mel Kiper got a chance to go back and check out the film after their Spring of Leidner hype fest. Back then, Kiper was pushing Leidner as a potential surprise first-rounder and McShay mocked the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder No. 25 overall. McShay now gives Leidner a "62" scouting grade, a Day 3-type grade that placed Leidner just ahead of Baker Mayfield. "Leidner does not have a big arm, but he can improve his ball velocity by getting his lower body more involved in his throws," McShay wrote. "He plays in a zone-read-heavy run offense and is a competitive runner with above-average vision, speed and toughness. Leidner hung tough in the pocket behind an offensive line that struggled to protect. He has elite intangibles."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 29 - 4:35 PM


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