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Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams had three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Purdue.

Williams ought not be judged on his mediocre counting stats, because Minnesota's gameplan generally calls for RB David Cobb as Options 1, 2, and 3. Williams has only 15 catches for 247 yards and four touchdowns on the season, though he's viewed as a prospect who can both catch and block. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams runs a 4.85 forty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called him a "versatile offensive weapon" over the summer.
Oct 19 - 3:41 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in the school's 39-38 win over Purdue.

Cobb is a favorite of Josh Norris', and this performance displayed why. The Golden Gopher refuses to go down on first contact and is willing to work between and outside of the tackles. He has some similarities to the bigger version of Le'Veon Bell, the one we saw at Michigan State. Minus the needless hurdles of defenders at the third level.
Oct 18 - 3:56 PM

NFL.com believes Minnesota senior RB David Cobb will become the first Gophers' RB drafted since Laurence Maroney in 2006.

"He lacks elite speed, but is a downhill runner with good vision and balance," wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb led the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season, and already has had two 200-yard games this season. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Cobb could go in Rds. 4-5 and be an immediate NFL contributor thanks to his innate ability to break first contact.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 15 - 5:59 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams had two catches for 64 yards Saturday against Northwestern.

Williams has only 12 catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns on the season, but you can't judge him based on stats. Jerry Kill doesn't ask Mitch Leidner to put the ball in the air too often, instead choosing to feed David Cobb the ball and play strong defense. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams runs a 4.85 forty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called him a "versatile offensive weapon" over the summer. He could be a top three draft-eligible tight end.
Oct 12 - 1:54 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb was held to 97 rushing yards on 30 carries in the school's 24-17 win over Northwestern.

Cobb's longest run only went for 11 yards, and he was also limited to one catch for five yards. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is a huge fan of Cobb's ability to break first contact, and it could make him a fourth- or fifth-round prospects with traits to contribute early.
Oct 11 - 3:32 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb "possesses enough skill to make a roster in the NFL," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Cobb "stole the show" against a Michigan run defense that previously ranked amongst the best in the conference on Saturday, according to Pauline, rushing for 183 yards on 32 carries in a 30-14 win. He added three receptions for 50 yards. "Prior to the season I mentioned how surprising it was Cobb receives little mention in the scouting community," Pauline wrote. "The senior is considered a street free agent by most scouts while I stamped him as a potential seventh round choice. Cobb is a big-bodied (220lbs) ball carrier who pounds opponents on the inside while offering enough short area quickness to make defenders miss. He’s more of a interior ball carrier/short yardage back but possesses enough skill to make a roster in the NFL."
Sep 29 - 3:57 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams (knee) had four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown on Saturday against Michigan.

Williams missed last week's game against San Jose State due to a recurring knee issue. Not including that contest, Williams has caught touchdowns in three straight games. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams runs a 4.85 forty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called him a "versatile offensive weapon" over the summer. He could be a top three draft-eligible tight end.
Sep 27 - 9:03 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 183 yards on 32 carries in Saturday's 30-14 win versus Michigan.

He added three receptions for 50 yards. Because the Golden Gophers' passing attack is so inconsistent, they will continue to lean on the underrated Cobb. This is the third time out of five games that he has rushed for more than 180 yards. "Cobb is built well for the NFL game with good vision to make strong cuts and gash defenses," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month.
Sep 27 - 8:36 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time this week.

Williams missed last week's game against San Jose State due to what has been reported as a recurring knee issue. The tight end is quite talented but he is still being limited in practice. It is no sure thing for Williams to play versus Michigan/
Sep 25 - 10:27 AM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in Saturday's 24-7 win versus San Jose State.

Incredibly, the Gophers only completed one pass for seven yards in the win. They ran all over the Spartans, gaining 380 yards on 58 carries. Minnesota will continue to feed the ball to Cobb. "My dad taught me a long time ago, if you’ve got a good horse, ride him," coach Jerry Kill said Sunday. "[Cobb] was a hot back at that time, seeing things well. And there will be a time when it won’t be that clean, and you’ll put another one in. But why take him out, if he’s doing what he’s doing? We subbed him some, but sometimes David gets better as the game goes on."
Sep 21 - 4:19 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams has been ruled out for Saturday's game against San Jose State.

Williams' injury has previously been reported as a recurring knee issue and he was listed as questionable. Many have tabbed Williams as a legitimate tight end talent, and he has flashed straight-line speed and athleticism.
Sep 20 - 2:34 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Minnesota senior RB David Cobb's draft stock fell due to a poor performance against TCU on Saturday.

Coming off a career-high of 220 yards and two touchdowns against Middle Tennessee, Cobb was held to 41 yards rushing on 15 carries by the Horned Frogs. "Cobb is built well for the NFL game with good vision to make strong cuts and gash defenses, but against TCU, his lack of burst, speed and creativity were clear," Brugler wrote. "He lacks explosiveness in his movements and doesn't have much elusiveness to produce yards when the holes aren't there. Although there is a lot to like about Cobb, he doesn't have top-shelf athletic traits that the NFL seeks at the position."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 17 - 5:56 PM

According to NBC Sports, Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Mitch Leidner is in doubt for Saturday’s game against San Jose State.

"I would never play anybody that was 82.9. I'm not going to risk a kid or a quarterback or anything like that," Kill told the Associated press. The Gophers QB is dealing with a turf toe injury at the moment, and Minnesota's head coach Jerry Kill does not intend to play Leidner until he is at 100 percent. has no intention to use him until he is said to be at full speed. Last week against Middle Tennessee Leidner was 12-for-26 for 151 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 2:14 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Mitch Leidner (sprained MCL) struggled mightily in Saturday's 30-7 defeat at the hands of TCU.

Leidner, who suffered the injury in the fourth quarter last week against Middle Tennessee, probably shouldn't have been active in this one. He went 12-for-26 for 151 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Backup Chris Streveler has acquitted himself well in brief glimpses, so one wonders if Jerry Kill will go with the freshman next week against San Jose State.
Sep 13 - 10:08 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Mitch Leidner suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee and his status for the game against TCU is uncertain.

Leidner suffered a fourth quarter injury after taking a hit while releasing a pass. An MRI showed no damage to the ACL. Redshirt freshman Chris Streveler filled in for the injured quarterback.
Sep 8 - 10:57 AM


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