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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

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Duke Anyanwu was granted a sixth year of eligibility and will play in 2015.

Anyanwu missed the 2014 season after tearing his ACL in August. The Gophers did not miss him from a receiving standpoint, as Maxx Williams broke out onto the scene. Anyanwu will attempt to fill that void at tight end. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Anyanwu also suffered a knee injury in 2012.
May 6 - 10:28 AM

Dolphins selected Minnesota S Cedric Thompson with the No. 150 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Thompson (6-foot, 211) didn't get a Combine invite but stole the show at the his Pro Day, running forties in the 4.3-4.4 range to go with explosive vertical (40.5-inch) and broad (10-foot-2) jumps. He also put up 21 reps on the bench press. A true workout warrior who wasn't on many radars in the early draft process, Thompson will try to carve out a role on special teams early on.
May 2 - 2:33 PM

Titans selected Minnesota RB David Cobb with the No. 138 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Cobb (5'11/229) was Minnesota's bellcow as a junior and senior, parlaying 562 career carries into 2,893 yards (5.15 YPC) and 20 TDs. He caught 34 passes in college. Cobb injured himself running the forty in Indianapolis, but showed well in the vertical (38 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. Unfortunately, he ran 4.73 at his Pro Day. Cobb displays the traits of a high-volume workhorse, but is a one-speed runner a la Shonn Greene. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has more optimistically likened Cobb's style to Stevan Ridley's as a downhill chain mover. In Tennessee, Cobb should immediately supplant Shonn Greene as the Titans' primary inside runner and complement speed back Bishop Sankey.
May 2 - 1:51 PM

Cowboys selected Minnesota LB Damien Wilson with the No. 127 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Wilson (6'0/245) spent two seasons at Minnesota after transferring from community college, racking up 16 tackles for loss as a 24-game starter. He was a second-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches as a senior. Long armed (33 3/4") and a plus athlete, Wilson runs 4.77 with a 37-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Wilson plays hard and made a ton of tackles in college, but he was too frequently victimized on long runs on tape, either because he couldn't detach from blocks or simply overran plays. He's a project with tools-based upside.
May 2 - 1:23 PM


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