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Seth Green flipped his commitment from Oregon and signed with Minnesota in December.

"I felt as if that wasn't as good of a situation or ideal place, and then Minnesota was my top choice," Green said. "I felt very at home here, obviously, and felt like it was a great situation for me to not only come in and be successful hopefully in the future but also grow and develop a lot as a player and person." The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Green, also recruited by Alabama, Michigan State, Louisville, Texas and Wisconsin, is a four-star recruit. Green will battle incumbent QB Mitch Leidner and backup QB Demry Croft, ranked the No. 28 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals coming out last year, for snaps. "Green is a player that is very skilled athletically and his arm talent has upside," notes ESPN. "However, he is a bit raw and his skill set needs to be honed and polished to become more consistent in his methods. Size and athleticism will be attractive early on in the process."
Jan 29 - 11:45 AM

Minnesota OLB De'Vondre Campbell "certainly looks the part," writes Rotoworld's Josh Norris, but may be overrated.

"This might seem like a ridiculous statement, but that alone will get him drafted ahead of other, more talented prospects," Norris wrote. "That is not to say that Campbell is not talented. He is, however I don’t see an individual area where hs shines." The analyst pegged Campbell No. 6 among the prospects he scouted at the East-West Shrine Game. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline presently grades Campbell as a fifth-rounder. Said an NFC college scouting director: "I don't care what he can't do right now, I just care about what he is physically able to do in the future. Worst-case scenario, he is a core special-teams player and backup. He has an NFL body, so you ask yourself if he can be coached up."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 25 - 3:33 PM

NFL Media analyst Chase Goodbread noted that Minnesota OLB De'Vondre Campbell "could be a nice immediate special teams help for an NFL team."

Goodbread adds that while Campbell's best fit might initially be on special teams, any drafting team would likely be looking at him as a "developmental linebacker" for the long-term. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound specimen already looks the part. He's incredibly raw, but should be draftable in the middle rounds. At which point, an NFC college scouting director noted earlier this week, he should be able to stick on a roster at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 5:49 PM

An NFC college scouting director is certain Minnesota OLB De'Vondre Campbell will hang on an NFL roster.

"I don't care what he can't do right now, I just care about what he is physically able to do in the future," the evaluator said. "Worst-case scenario, he is a core special-teams player and backup. He has an NFL body, so you ask yourself if he can be coached up." The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Campbell has long been a raw, toolshed of a prospect who Gopher coaches labored to polish. He received a fourth-round projection over the summer from Tony Pauline. He remains in that range because of inconsistency. "On tape, Campbell doesn't make as many plays as you would like and his instincts are very average, but NFL teams love traits and want a roster full of athletes who can help on special teams, so Campbell will probably be a fourth- or fifth-rounder, which is higher than his tape might dictate.," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 5:02 PM

Four-star Minnesota commit LB Carter Coughlin underwent surgery to repair a partially a partially torn labrum.

The crown jewel of Minnesota's recruiting class, ranked No. 273 in the ESPN 300 and the No. 1 prospect in the state, also suffered a concussion in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month.Coughlin deserves some time off and will get it with a 3.5 month rehab timeline and a five-to-six month projection for full contact. Coughlin says he'll be full strength for the start of camp in August. "Coughlin is a smart, disciplined defender with the ability to make plays in both the run and pass game," reads ESPN's scouting report. "Coughlin possesses alignment and scheme versatility within the front seven of the defense. Will align with his hand in the ground or make plays at the linebacker level. Shows solid effort to increase his range and ability to track down ball carrier from the inside out. Has good height with a muscular build." The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder reportedly runs a nifty 4.53 forty.
Jan 20 - 1:29 PM

Minnesota redshirt freshman WR Jeff Jones transferred to Iowa Western Community College.

Jones, formerly the highest-rated Gopher recruit in the modern recruiting era, is currently the biggest bust in program history. It's important to note that he could re-sign with Minnesota (or any other Division-I program) in one calendar year. If Jones gets his life and health on the right track, his NFL athleticism will attract ample suitors. Jones had academic issues throughout his time on campus after signing out of Minneapolis Washburn in 2014. The Gophers shifted Jones from running back to receiver last spring to get him onto the field quicker, but migraine headaches wrecked his season. "He’s a great kid — a great kid," Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said last month. "He’s more than welcome to come back [to the Gophers]."
Jan 20 - 12:24 PM

The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel says "there is a lot to like" about Minnesota WR K.J. Maye.

"He is tough and competitive and knows how to get open," Gabriel wrote. "His lack of size (height) and speed will limit him but he is quick. Is best suited to play the slot where his quickness and burst will benefit him. Fearless guy who makes plays… just small." Maye broke out to convert 73 catches into 773 yards and five touchdowns last season. The 5-foot-10, 194-pounder runs a 4.52 forty. He will play in the Senior Bowl later this month.
Jan 18 - 10:57 PM

Incoming Minnesota offensive coordinator Jay Johnson's father coached redshirt junior QB Mitch Leidner in high school at Lakeville South.

The junior Johnson, a native of Lakeville, Minn., spent five seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette before the Gophers called upon him to resurrect an impotent offense. A segment of the fan base believes moving on from Leidner is the solution to that problem, but Johnson's family history with Leidner may afford more leash to the senior-to-be. It may also be the case that Jay and Dick (the father) Johnson can work together to unlock Leidner's potential as a big-bodied, mobile signal-caller. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune asked Jay Johnson how he planned to convert Leidner into a more finished product. "It’s hard to know because I don’t know entirely how they’ve approached things, but I think more than anything it’s 'reduce, simplify and let him play,'" he said. "If we can do that and really put him in that same position in every play from a fundamentals standpoint, we’ll see his abilities blossom even more."
Jan 17 - 12:13 PM

Minnesota WR K.J. Maye has been added to the Senior Bowl roster.

Maye, who stands 5'10/199 lbs, caught 73 passes for 773 yards and five touchdowns this season. The Senior Bowl receiver crop might be a bit slim, with Aaron Burbridge, Leonte Carroo, Sterling Shepard and Braxton Miller likely drawing the most interest.
Jan 15 - 9:58 AM

Minnesota hired Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator Jay Johnson as OC and QB coach.

Johnson replaces Matt Limegrover, who was canned by new HC Tracy Claeys last month. "I am extremely excited," said Johnson, a native of Lakeville, Minn. "It’s a great opportunity to come home. I grew up there and have been a Gopher fan all my life, so to come back home and be closer to family and to be part of a great institution like Minnesota is certainly a very exciting opportunity for me." The Gophers also announced the hiring of Bart Miller as OL coach. He spent the past two seasons coaching FAU's OL. "Jay and Bart are both tremendous people and will fit in naturally with our staff," said Claeys. "These are two individuals we identified early in the process, and I am thrilled that they are headed to Minnesota. They are great coaches with proven track records and will help our student-athletes improve on and off the field."
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 06:09:00 PM

According to his father, Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Berkley Edwards has left the football program to focus on track.

While Edwards is no longer with the football program, his father indicated that he could stay at the university to pursue his track dreams. The junior Edwards has told HC Tracy Claeys that his plan is to focus on track full-time. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound redshirt sophomore was a three-star recruit out of high school. He saw game action just twice during the 2015 campaign, rushing for 29 yards on five carries.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:23:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt freshman RB Rodney Smith had 15 carries for 74 yards in Monday's 21-14 Quick Lane Bowl victory over Central Michigan.

Smith split carries evenly with Shannon Brooks (15 for 65 yards). Minnesota was more effective than expected through the air, so the running backs commenced a workmanlike backseat performance. Smith and Brooks are both freshman, so you can expect this talented duo to garner as-yet unwarranted comparisons to the Laurence Maroney-Marion Barber backfield of yore as soon as this summer.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 08:16:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior QB Mitch Leidner completed 24-of-30 passes for 223 yards, a score and an interception in Monday's 21-14 Quick Lane Bowl victory over Central Michigan.

He also ran for 19 yards and a touchdown. Mysteriously competent play from Minnesota's signal-caller. Slightly less so when you realize how bad Central Michigan's defense truly is. This was a nice way to end a rough year -- Leidner posted a 14/10 TD/INT rate and the fan base chanted for the backup in multiple games -- but Leidner will probably have to compete for the starting gig in summer practices.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 08:11:00 PM

Minnesota (5-7) will play Central Michigan (7-5) on Dec. 28 in the Quick Lane Bowl.

The Chippewas, the defacto home team at Ford Field in Detroit, are six-point underdogs. On first blush, those points look enticing. CMU is used to the lack of respect, finishing 8-3 ATS this season. The Golden Gophers struggle to score, fielding the No. 104-ranked offense at 22.58 points per game. The Chippewas give up 22.08 per game, checking in at No. 33 defensively. The advanced metrics are less kind to CMU, which typically shut down bad teams and struggled to slow strong offenses. Minnesota doesn't have one of those. Because of that, the Gophs struggled earlier in the year to put away CMU's MAC counterparts Ohio and Kent State (both were three-point UM wins). The Gophers have a decided talent advantage, of course, and must exert that to cover.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 07:23:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt freshman WR Jeff Jones will transfer.

It's a sad end to the career of the Gophers’ biggest recruit in a decade. He's been in academic trouble or otherwise been hurt throughout his time at Minnesota. To get his scholastic ducks in a row, Jones will move on to Iowa Western Community College. "He’s a great kid — a great kid," coach Tracy Claeys said. "He’s more than welcome to come back. He just had a tough semester academically, and it really wasn’t until this semester." Jones was the nation’s seventh best running back in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals. He switched positions last year.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 06:28:00 PM


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