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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said senior RB David Cobb is "very questionable" for Saturday's game at Wisconsin.

This is a troubling development indeed, as Kill had previously designated Cobb, injured in last week's win over Nebraska, merely "questionable." Forty-eight hours later has brought a slight downgrade to that prognosis. Cobb's loss would cripple Minnesota's run-heavy offense. He's rushed for 1,430 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. The Golden Gophers also might be without backup tailback Berkley Edwards, who suffered a concussion against Nebraska. If both Cobb and Edwards can't go, Minnesota figures to prescribe a heavy dose of QB runs for Mitch Leidner, as well as cross their fingers that RBs Donnell Kirkwood and Rodrick Williams can be effective.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 25 - 5:26 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams caught three passes for 45 yards in Saturday's 28-24 win over Nebraska.

On the season, Williams has 28 catches for 418 yards and seven touchdowns, though his numbers would undoubtedly be more prestigious on a team more devoted to throwing the ball. Williams was named a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award last week. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound sophomore has a similar skill-set to Cowboy TE Jason Witten.
Nov 23 - 5:44 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb (strained left hamstring) has been listed as questionable for next Saturday's game at Wisconsin.

The designation comes straight from Gophers coach Jerry Kill. "I think [Cobb's availability for the Wisconsin game] is a big question mark, and I think anytime you get a hamstring situation like that, it’s not an easy deal," Kill said. "So we’ll just have to see what happens. I told [Cobb] and Ed [head athletic trainer Ed Lochrie], 'Hey, you’ve got to get him ready to go.' But we’ll just have to see. ... But if he doesn’t go, Donnell [Kirkwood] and Rodrick [Williams] -- they’ll have to step it up. Hopefully we’ll get Berkley back because Berkley did some good things in the game, and then he got hit and got a concussion. So at the end of the game, we had two backs." Unless Cobb's situation worsens over the week, expect him to be pressed into duty in one of Minnesota's biggest games in recent memory. The winner of Saturday's game captures the Big Ten West and will advance to the Big Ten title game to play Ohio State.
Nov 23 - 5:30 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb tweeted that he would be ready to play next Saturday.

The full tweet was "all is well! I'll be ready to go next Saturday! Thanks." Cobb rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He appeared to pull his hamstring on his 17-yard scoring scamper. While it's a good sign that Cobb's feeling confident, his status in practice this week will be something to keep an eye on as the Golden Gophers prepare for their meeting with Wisconsin.
Nov 22 - 6:27 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the school's 28-24 win over Nebraska.

He added 29 receiving yards before exiting following a touchdown run. It looked like Cobb pulled something, but it is unclear if it was his hamstring, quad or something else. We have continued to compare Cobb to Le'Veon Bell after taxes. He has many of the same qualities, just to a lesser degree.
Nov 22 - 3:56 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb's game relies on his "run instincts, vision, and very smooth athleticism," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Cobb is coming off another stellar showing, this time against a defense (Ohio State's) which features a handful of future NFLers. He notched his sixth 100-yard game of the season and chipped in a career-high three touchdowns. Cobb, according to Brugler, shows a propensity to "[transfer] his weight well in his cuts without losing momentum." The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb is a Rotoworld favorite; if he slips down the board, we think some team will find themselves with a nice little Day 3 sleeper.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 8:06 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb was not listed among the semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.

The Doak Walker is given annually to the nation's best running back. A convincing case could be made for Cobb's inclusion. His 1,350 yards on the ground are good for seventh most in the country. Cobb has been a team leader and Minnesota's best weapon. He's not as explosive as semifinalists Melvin Gordon, Duke Johnson or Ameer Abdullah, but that makes Cobb's success impressive in its own right, as he's grinding out yards without that extra-gear.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 19 - 4:19 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams was named a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award.

The John Mackey is given annually to the nation's best tight end. Williams has seven touchdowns this season, which ties for the national lead at his position. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound sophomore is viewed as one of the best rising prospects at his position and has a similar skill-set to that of Cowboy tight end Jason Witten in his athleticism and ability to catch the ball. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler recently called him a "bruiser" when he catches the ball. Last season, the John Mackey Award was won by Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 17 - 8:32 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Minnesota senior RB David Cobb "doesn't have the electric jump-cut or first-step acceleration" of some of the other draft-eligible RBs.

Rang specifically name-checks Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon III and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah as being more explosive than Cobb. While the senior might not have the sort of burst that could rack up 408 yards in three quarters, Rang does like some aspects of his game. "He is fluid changing directions, however, which makes him tough to target for defenders to hit cleanly. Cobb doesn't have to slow down to cut in either direction." Rang also wrote that "Scouts will appreciate Cobb's ability to slip past defenders and finish runs. For a big back, he does a nice job of getting skinny and low through the hole." Cobb's listed at 5-foot-11, 229 pounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 16 - 3:11 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in the school's 31-24 loss to Ohio State.

Temperatures were frigid, but Cobb continued to display his tackling breaking ability and subtle agility to make defenders miss. He was not asked to make an impact in the passing game today, but we feel Cobb has better than expected skills in this area. Cobb has the traits to be productive early on in the NFL if called upon.
Nov 15 - 3:29 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams "is a budding superstar with his combination of size, build and athleticism for the position," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Lining up inline and in the slot, Williams is a budding superstar with his combination of size, build and athleticism for the position, using his route acceleration to get open down the seam and the physicality to be a bruiser after the catch," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams hauled in five passes for 46 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota's 51-14 win over Iowa. Brugler adds that Williams "has the skill-set to be the top tight end drafted in the 2015 class with his Jason Witten-like skill-set."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 11 - 2:01 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline named Minnesota junior T Josh Campion as his "Sleeper of the Week" for his work anchoring the team's line.

Campion is a three-year starter for the Golden Gophers. This season, he transitioned from the right side to the left side. Campion hasn't missed a beat in the move. Pauline noted that "he’s a smart, well sized blocker who plays with athleticism and fundamentals to shut down defenders." Campion's a big boy at 6-foot-5, 317 pounds and has used that size to help open up holes for RB David Cobb. Pauline says that scouts are already talking about the junior's "next-level potential."
Nov 10 - 8:10 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams caught five passes for 46 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 51-14 win over Iowa.

Williams made a number of ridiculous catches, including a toe tapping finesse grab along the sideline. We know he is a ridiculous athlete, but Williams looks more and more comfortable as a receiver each week. We doubt he declares, however, Williams could be the top prospect at his position.
Nov 8 - 3:32 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the school's 51-14 win over Iowa.

Cobb's touchdown was a result of a six yard run that saw him break left and stiff arm a defender on the way to the endzone. The senior is having a great season, and even though he is not a home run hitter, Cobb can help an offense in multiple phases.
Nov 8 - 3:20 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams had two catches for 33 yards Saturday against Illinois.

Gophers' QB Mitch Leidner is rarely tasked with throwing the ball, so Saturday's circumstances, in which Minnesota held a lead for less than a quarter total, should have been an opportunity for Williams to showcase his receiving chops. Instead, Leidner showed why HC Jerry Kill never asks him to drop back, going 12-for-30 with an interception. We think Williams might consider bolting school early because of this draft class' dearth of decent tight ends. "He has made plenty of big plays thanks to natural athleticism, mostly on straight-line (seam or crossing) routes that allow yards after catch potential," Josh Norris wrote. "I would not call Williams a fluid mover, an example being Jordan Reed, but he has made some contested catches after setting up inline or out wide."
Source: Rotoworld
Oct 26 - 3:28 PM


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