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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

Minnesota OL coach Ed Warinner announced that he is not a candidate for the opening at Kent State.

On Thursday night, Coaching Scoop reported that Warinner was no longer a candidate for the job. Warinner upped that by confirming those reports, and also saying he had never been contacted for the job. The former Notre Dame and Ohio State coach will stay with the Gophers it sounds like for at least one more year, and we should have an idea of who Kent State will hire shortly. Stay tuned.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 12:29:00 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 G Curtis Dunlap Jr.

Dunlap (6'5/362) had been committed to Florida since July before he reopened his recruitment earlier this month. ESPN's Craig Haubert compares him to Michigan OL Cesar Ruiz, noting similarities between their competitive fires and drives. The Worldwide Leader ranks Dunlap as the No. 123 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. Gophs HC P.J. Fleck made plenty of recruiting noise this weekend, not only snagging Dunlap, but also fellow four-star OL Daniel Faalele plus preferred walk-on QB Zack Annexstad.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 02:08:00 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 T Daniel Faalele.

Faalele (6'9/394) has quite the story to the name. A native of Australia, he hit the national scene after a Hawaii recruiter stumbled upon him in a gym. At the time, he had not played a down of football. Faalele enrolled at football factory IMG Academy in August and has drawn offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. The big tackle gives Minnesota a quartet of four-star recruits at this juncture. Should they hang on to all of them, it would be the first time they've reeled in that many high-profile recruits since ESPN began their rankings in 2006. The outlet refers to him as "one of the most intriguing prospects in this [cycle]."
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore LB Jaylen Waters will transfer.

Waters (6'3/247) posted seven tackles in 10 games played for the Gophers this season. ESPN ranked him as a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle and the No. 29 inside linebacking prospect in the class. It's not yet known where Waters might be eyeing for his transfer.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 08:04:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior WR Melvin Holland Jr. will transfer as a graduate.

Holland (6'3/205) caught two passes for eight yards as a redshirt freshman back in 2015, but has not recorded a catch either of the past two seasons. He was sidelined for the current campaign by a season-ending ankle injury sustained in a win over Middle Tennessee on Sep. 16. As a graduate transfer, Holland will be eligible to play immediately with his new team come the start of the 2018 season.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore WR Hunter Register will transfer.

Register (6'5/214) is a huge target who failed to work his way into the offensive gameplan the past two years. In 2017, he mostly played on special teams. His Gopher career ends with a sole six-yard reception, recorded against Indiana State as a freshman in 2016.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 03:21:00 PM

Minnesota junior WR Rashad Still will transfer.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Still entered the fall as the Gophers' leading returning receiver with 36 receptions in 2016. He failed to meet expectations in P.J. Fleck's first year in Minneapolis, essentially disappearing. Still finished with only one more catch (two) than suspensions in 2017.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 01:07:00 PM

Minnesota junior WR Rashad Still (knee) is not expected to play on Saturday against Wisconsin.

Still has only played sparingly this year, but it's a loss for a receiving core that is already thin. It'll once again be the Phillip Howard and Eric Carter show against the Badgers for the Gophers.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 03:31:00 PM

Minnesota signed head coach P.J. Fleck to a one year contract extension through 2022.

This type of short extention happens during coaching carousel season. Fleck could have received a small raise, or asked for more money for his assistant coaches. Minnesota is currently 5-6 with one game left against Wisconsin.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 09:56:00 AM

Minnesota HC PJ Fleck announced that sophomore WR Tyler Johnson (broken hand) will be out 4-5 weeks but will be available for spring practices.

In all likelihood, this ends Johnson's season. The Gophers could still make a bowl game and hope he recovers quickly, but to do that, they'd have to upset Wisconsin this weekend. Johnson emerged as Minnesota's No. 1 receiver this season. In 10 games played, he posted a 35-677-7 line. If the Gophers can get better quarterback play next season, those numbers will swell.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 01:33:00 PM


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