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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that NFL scouts grade Minnesota CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun above teammate CB Eric Murray, but he has that order flipped.

"Both have next level ball skills but I prefer Murray’s size/speed advantage as well as his ability to make plays with his back to the ball," he wrote. Despite that assertion, Pauline gives both Golden Gopher cover aces identical Rd. 3 grades heading into the year.
Jul 31 - 7:54 PM

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill told reports that he's been seizure-free for over a year and a half.

"I’m doing great," Kill said. Kill, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure following a loss to Northwestern in 2012 and missed the second half of a game against Western Illinois in 2013. The ailment forced him to coach from the press box at the end of 2013, but he was on the sideline in 2014 and will be back in 2015.
Jul 31 - 6:52 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline "think[s] highly" of Minnesota redshirt senior OLB De'Vondre Campbell.

"He’s a scheme diverse three down defender that displays exceptional skill in space," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Campbell has always been rangy and highly athletic, but it's taken him several years to get his game off the ground. He made huge strides last season under the Golden Gophers' technique-sound coaching staff, and another jump in his play will result in a vault up draft boards. As a first-year starter in 2014, Campbell recorded 75 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception. Pauline grades him as a Rd. 4 prospect.
Jul 31 - 5:36 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun is "willing to throw his body into ball carriers to stop them in their tracks, making him an interesting nickel prospect (which is basically a starting position in the NFL nowadays)," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"The Gophers have two of the top corners in the country with Eric Murray and Boddy-Calhoun (5-11, 188), a junior college transfer who was an all-conference selection by both league media (first team) and coaches (second team)," Reuter wrote. "He picked off five passes and broke up nine others using an innate ability to close on the ball in 2014." The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Boddy-Calhoun collected 51 tackles, 2 TFL, nine breakups and five interceptions in 10 starts last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 6:56 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Minnesota senior CB Eric Murray as the No. 2 senior cornerback prospect in the land.

"A tough player who can press and ride down the field, Murray has played in 39 games and has every start over the last two seasons," he wrote. "Will be a player that QBs stay away from in 2015." The 6-foot, 196-pound Murray recorded 69 tackles, seven pass breakups, one interception, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks to earn All-Big Ten Second Team honors last year.
Jul 11 - 7:55 PM

NFL Media ranks Minnesota No. 15 on its list of college football’s potential surprise teams.

"The Golden Gophers have the defense and kicking to win its share again, so a winning season won't be a surprise at all. What coach Jerry Kill's program needs is a stunner of an upset, and this could be the year for it," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. The Golden Gophers went 0-4 against Ohio State, TCU, Wisconsin and Missouri last season, its four hardest outs on the schedule. "It won't have to wait long for the chance: Minnesota opens the year against TCU on a nationally-televised Thursday night stage Sept. 3," Goodbread wrote. We think the Gophs will miss star RB David Cobb, but if Mitch Leidner takes another step forward as a passer, a very strong defense will be complemented by an effective offense that doesn't make mistakes.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 9:13 PM

Redshirt junior OLB De'Vondre Campbell "never lets up with consistent hustle through the whistle each snap," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Campbell looks the part in pads with near defensive end size, but he is a coordinated athlete on his feet, playing comfortable in space. He has smooth body control and flexible ankles with the read/react instincts to break quickly on the ball, but he tends to overrun his angles. Although he has room to become a better finisher at the tackle point, Campbell never lets up with consistent hustle through the whistle each snap," Brugler wrote. As a first-year starter in 2014, Campbell recorded 75 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception. The Minnesota prospect earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last season, and has already earned his degree in business and marketing education.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 8 - 4:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Minnesota redshirt senior CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun "is well-liked among scouts and might end up being the higher draft pick" between him and CB Eric Murray.

"He does a nice job in his transition with quick feet and smooth hips to play sticky coverage on the outside, but his reliability as a tackler needs improvement with his lack of size and muscle showing up often in run support. Although he's not as well-known as (Eric) Murray, Boddy-Calhoun is well-liked among scouts and might end up being the higher draft pick," Brugler writes. The former JUCO transfer, recorded 51 tackles, with 2.0 TFLs, nine pass breakups, and five interceptions in 10 starts last year. The Minnesota prospect has already earned his degree in elementary education and was named a co-captain for the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 8 - 3:24 PM

Minnesota senior CB Eric Murray "is very well-rounded with good size, speed and physicality for the position," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Murray, who lines up as the boundary corner, doesn't stand out in one particular category, but he is very well-rounded with good size, speed and physicality for the position. He plays with confidence and is well-versed in press, off and zone coverages, showing off his versatility as a reliable run defender and blitzer," Brugler wrote. In 2014, the 6-foot, 196-pound Murray recorded 69 tackles, seven pass breakups, one interception, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks, earning All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 8 - 2:46 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown says Minnesota has one of the best cornerback combinations in the nation.

Between Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun -- whom Brown ranks as the No. 17 and 16 defensive backs in the country, respectively -- the Gophers are going to be exceedingly difficult to throw on this year. "Murray is a 6-foot, 196-pound senior who had seven pass breakups and 69 tackles last year, showing off a physical, aggressive style," Brown wrote. "Boddy-Calhoun is a 5-foot-11, 188-pound senior who transferred from the juco ranks in 2012. They're cornerstones of a defense that allowed 6.2 yards per pass attempt in 2014." Boddy-Calhoun posted five interceptions, nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles and 51 tackles last year.
Jun 28 - 5:20 PM

Minnesota senior CB Eric Murray's "size and physical nature should land him near the top of NFL teams' cornerback wish list," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot, 196-pounder earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last year. "[Murray's] experience in press-man coverage is extensive, and his ball skills are good enough to create turnovers when given the opportunity," Reuter wrote. "He's also a special-teams stalwart who blocked two punts in 2014, which will only increase his impact on Sundays as a rookie."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 9:03 PM

NFL Media believes Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover is ready to be a college head coach.

"Limegrover oversees a run-heavy offense that isn't for everyone, but his offenses have been successful wherever he has been with Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill -- at FCS member Southern Illinois, then at Northern Illinois and now at Minnesota," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "The personable Limegrover, 46, also serves as Minnesota's offensive line coach, which usually is the Gophers' best position unit." Limegrover was gifted academically, earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a graduate degree from Northwestern. The cerebral teacher should get a head coaching opportunity before too long.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 7 - 3:29 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior DE Theiren Cockran "is a pass-rushing specialist who could make the move to OLB in the NFL," wrote the Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman.

Merriman ranks Cockran as the conference's No. 21 prospect and wouldn't be surprised if he rises higher. "The Big Ten is loaded with talented defensive linemen, which leads to this guy often being overshadowed," Merriman wrote. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last offseason that Cockran "does not get the credit he’s due." The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Cockran runs a 4.79 forty. There's plenty to get excited about here.
May 19 - 1:59 AM

Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman ranks Minnesota redshirt senior CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun as the conference's No. 23 draft prospect.

"What a talent," wrote Merriman. The former JUCO product broke out in 2014, collecting 51 tackles and picking off five passes, tying for third all-time in school history. If he improves upon that, the long corner could move into the middle rounds.
May 18 - 8:24 PM

ESPN Big Ten reporter Josh Porter notes that Minnesota sophomore RB Jeff Jones "could wind up as the Gophers' top receiving option," and is ready for a breakout season.

"Technically, Jones is still listed on Minnesota's roster as a running back, but he could wind up as the Gophers' top receiving option. Coach Jerry Kill went so far as to say that an argument could even be made that the redshirt freshman was the best receiver in camp," Porter wrote. The Minnesota prospect, who was Rivals.com No.7 RB coming out of high school, was academically ineligible last fall, but looks like he could be a versatile weapon for the Gophers in 2015.
Source: ESPN
May 8 - 3:02 PM


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