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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Joe Christensen reports that Minnesota HC Tracy Claeys will return for the 2017 season.

Not only does it look like Claeys will be coming back as head coach next season, Christensen hears that Minnesota is planning on offering him an extension. In his first full season with the Gophers, his crew worked out to an 8-4 record. He initially took over for the ailing Jerry Kill in October of 2015.
Nov 28 - 7:38 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner completed 9-of-26 attempts for 158 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions in Saturday's 31-17 loss to Wisconsin.

He added 46 rushing yards and a ground score. Leidner actually played pretty good in the first half, but he was dreadful after halftime. He went 2-for-14 for 47 yards, no scores and four interceptions in the second half, one of the worst halves of the season by any player. The Gophers led 17-10 heading into the fourth quarter but couldn't survive Leidner's myriad foibles.
Nov 26 - 7:19 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner completed 14-of-25 attempts for 197 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 29-12 victory over Northwestern.

He added 28 yards and a score on the ground. This was the fourth game in 10 this year that Leidner has failed to complete 60-percent of his passes. We didn't see much of an NFL prospect last season, and he's arguably regressed.
Nov 19 - 7:25 PM

Minnesota sophomore RB Shannon Brooks' playing status for Saturday's game against Nebraska remains uncertain due to an undisclosed injury.

Brooks was a late scratch for last weekend's win over Purdue. This is one of those mystery injuries that can make a game maddening to read. We simply don't know the extent or circumstance of the 6-foot, 210-pounder's ailment. Rodney Smith would start if Brooks can't go.
Source: Land of 10
Nov 11 - 8:33 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior LB Cody Poock (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery.

Poock will undergo the surgery in the very near future in order to facilitate a fast-tracked recovery over the winter. HC Tracy Claeys said that delaying the inevitable in regards to the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder's nagging shoulder ailment wasn't "doing anybody any good." Poock finishes the 2016 season having recorded 24 tackles (3.5 for loss) and a sack.
Source: WTOP.com
Nov 8 - 5:03 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Smith turned 21 carries into 129 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in a win over Purdue.

The Gophers were playing without Smith's platoon mate, RB Shannon Brooks, who was a late scratch with an undisclosed injury. Smith limped off the gridiron in the final quarter against the Boilermakers. We'll update you on his status when more is known.
Nov 5 - 7:25 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior WR Brian Smith has been dismissed due to a violation of team rules.

Smith was the school's second-leading receiver, albeit producing just 17 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown. He started six games this season. "Unfortunately, he had a little violation of team rules, or a big violation of team rules and has been dismissed," head coach Tracy Claeys said.
Nov 2 - 11:11 AM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Smith rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries Saturday against Illinois.

Gophers platoon RB Shannon Brooks, who splits carries with Smith, had 12 carries for 59 yards and another score. Smith has earned himself the extra carries, having now reached the century mark for the third time in four games.
Oct 29 - 4:25 PM

The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Joe Christensen reports that Minnesota junior TE Brandon Lingen will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to an injury to his lower left leg.

Lingen sustained the leg injury against Rutgers on Saturday and was subsequently fitted with a boot and crutches. This season has been a rough one for the 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior. A broken collarbone suffered in mid-September forced him to miss three games even before he was downed by this latest injury concern. In his three healthy contests this year, Lingen has recorded three catches for 28 yards.
Oct 25 - 12:28 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Smith rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries Saturday against Rutgers.

Gophers sophomore RB Shannon Brooks, Smith's tag-team buddy, converted 22 carries into 87 yards and another score. This is a frustrating formula for fantasy owners that is quite effective for Minnesota. The gifted sophomores will continue to divvy carries just about 50/50 going forward.
Oct 22 - 3:48 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner completed 11-of-18 attempts for 156 yards and an interception in Saturday's 34-32 win over Rutgers.

Leidner got the call after sitting out last week's win over Maryland due to a concussion sustained against Iowa two weeks ago. The 6-foot-4, 237-pound redshirt senior added a scoring run as part of his 39 rushing yards. The 5-2 Gophers have won two straight and are likely to get at least two more with Illinois and Purdue on deck.
Oct 22 - 3:43 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner has entered the final stage of the concussion protocol.

Leidner sat out a Week 7 win over Maryland due to a concussion suffered against Iowa the previous Saturday. While he had previously been ruled out for this weekend's date with Rutgers, should he clear the final stage of the concussion protocol, he could conceivably play in that contest. Said HC Tracy Claeys, "If he gets cleared through that, I will visit with coach (Jay) Johnson, and we’ll make a decision based on what’s best." Conor Rhoda would draw the start if Leidner needs another week.
Oct 20 - 1:27 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior QB Conor Rhoda will start against Rutgers on Saturday.

As was the case against Maryland on Saturday, Rhoda will fill in for Mitch Leidner (concussion) this coming weekend. He threw for 82 yards and a score in the Gophers' 31-10 win over the Terps. While the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is set to start until Leidner has recovered, there is no true fantasy upside here.
Oct 18 - 12:40 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner will miss Saturday's game against Rutgers due to a concussion.

Leidner was initially concussed against Iowa in Week 6. He did not play in Saturday's win over Maryland and has already been nixed for this coming weekend's action vs. Rutgers. It is not yet known when the 6-foot-4, 237-pound redshirt senior will be able to return to action. Conor Rhoda will continue to start in Leidner's place until he has been medically cleared.
Oct 18 - 12:34 PM

Minnesota sophomore RB Shannon Brooks converted 22 carries into 86 yards Saturday against Maryland.

He added a 17-yard touchdown reception in the upset win over the Terrapins. Meanwhile, Brooks' platoon mate, RB Rodney Smith, finished with 18 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns along with one reception for 10 yards. We expect the duo to keep evenly divvying touches going forward.
Oct 17 - 8:18 PM


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