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Minnesota received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Jason Bargy.

Bargy is a big get for the Gophers, as the 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end ranks 99th in 247 Sports overall rankings, and fifth among defensive ends. He also had offers from schools like Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State. Reports indicate that Bargy will have to get stronger, but that he has quality speed -- he also plays running back for Momence HS in Illinois -- and will show good power and hand placement. This could be an elite pass-rusher for the Gophers in time.
May 11 - 5:40 PM

Former Texas redshirt sophomore DL Chris Daniels has committed to Minnesota for the 2019 season.

Daniels (6'4/299) left the Longhorns last fall after signing on with the program as a four-star recruit in the 2016 class -- Charlie Strong's final class in Austin. While he's now committed to the Gophers, we're playing the long game here, as the defensive lineman will spend the upcoming season plying his trade at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi before heading north to help row the boat with P.J. Fleck in 2019. He has the physical tools to do damage for the Gophs down the road.
May 8 - 11:31 AM

Chargers signed Minnesota DT Steven Richardson.

Richardson (5’11/295) was a four-year starter on the Gophers’ defensive line, tallying 28.5 career tackles for loss with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick as a senior and earned PFF College’s highest interior defensive lineman grade in the entire nation in 2017. Richardson does not fit the NFL’s prototype size for a three-technique tackle, however, and he is far from a nose guard. Richardson is a good player, but he seems likely to max out in a rotational role.
May 2 - 7:05 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore S Antoine Winfield Jr. was granted a medical redshirt for the 2017 season by the NCAA.

Winfield barely made the NCAA's medical redshirt threshold of competing in less than 30 percent of a teams games or 3 games, whichever is bigger. He competed in 27 percent of Western Michigan's games, giving the NCAA the green light to give him a medical redshirt. Prior to Winfield's hamstring injury, he recorded 20 tackles, a sack, and two pass breakups in 2017. He is a key member of their defense and was a freshman All-American in 2016. He should return to a starting role in 2018.
Apr 30 - 2:56 PM

Minnesota redshirt freshman WR Demetrius Douglas was granted a medical redshirt for the 2017 season by the NCAA.

Douglas barely made the cutoff for the threshold of eligibility as he played in three games last season and was unable to play afterwards with an undisclosed leg injury. The rule is the player couldn't have participated in more than three contests. Prior to his injury, Douglas recorded 11 receptions for 83 yards and no touchdowns. He looks to be back to full health and racked up 71 yards on five receptions during the Gophers spring game.
Apr 30 - 2:38 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore WR Mark Williams has left the team.

Confirmed by a Gophers spokesperson. Williams (6'0/195) has not yet announced a transfer, but one figures to be in the cards in the coming weeks and months. He initially enrolled in the program as a two-star quarterback recruit in 2016, but began to see work as a receiver while taking an initial freshman redshirt. This past season, Williams caught two passes for 43 yards. With fellow wideouts Chris Autman-Bell and Demetrius Douglas both showing developing promise -- and intriguing freshman Rashad Bateman set to join the team this summer -- it's very possible that Williams would have been mired in depth chart purgatory had he remained with the program. Unless he opts to drop out of the FBS with his transfer, he'll be required to sit out the upcoming campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Apr 17 - 1:47 PM

Minnesota coach PJ Fleck announced that redshirt sophomore Seth Green is being moved from QB to TE.

Green was a highly-recruited signal-caller that was rated four stars by many outlets, but hasn't had a chance to see the field for Minnesota sans one appearance against Middle Tennessee State last year. He's a quality athlete, and at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, he has the size to be a threat over the middle. Fleck also mentioned that Green could see time at wide receiver, so this is a very interesting development as the Golden Gophers try and compete in the Big Ten in 2018.
Apr 3 - 8:48 PM

Rivals.com's Mike Farrell lists the quarterback battle between Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Vic Viramontes and redshirt freshman QB Tanner Morgan as one of the battles to watch in the Big Ten.

Viramontes was the top-rated junior college quarterback in the country, and enrolled at Minnesota in January. He'll likely battle Morgan for the job, a three-star signing who joined the Gophers in 2017. "I liked Viramontes out of JUCO last year and he can be an instant-impact guy," writes Farrell. "Fleck will likely lean toward Morgan because he’s a bit more polished, but in the long run watch out for Viramontes."
Source: Rivals
Mar 12 - 1:17 PM

Minnesota senior RB Shannon Brooks (lower leg) is expected to miss the 2018 season.

Rough, rough blow for the Gophers. Brooks sustained the severe leg injury without contact during the tail end of the team's winter conditioning program. Minnesota HC P.J. Fleck said that the 6-foot, 210-pounder will take a medical redshirt for the upcoming campaign and is expected back healthy with the program for the 2019 season. This past year, Brooks rushed for 369 yards (4.7 YPC) and five touchdowns across six games. He dealt with a number of injuries during the season. With Brooks out, it'll be Rodney Smith's show in 2018.
Mar 6 - 7:03 PM

Minnesota sophomore S Kendarian Handy-Holly will transfer.

Handy-Holly (6'2/201) was a three-star prospect in Minnesota's 2017 recruiting class. He first saw the field in a Sept. 30 loss to Maryland during the most recent campaign and proceeded to appear in eight total games for the Gophs, registering 12 tackles and a forced fumble along the way. The Jackson, Alabama, native is looking to transfer closer to his family, meaning that a possible move to the SEC or Sun Belt is one to watch for, here. Handy-Holly will be required to sit out the 2018 campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations barring a drop down to the FCS or JUCO ranks.
Feb 22 - 1:18 PM

Football Scoop reports that former Georgia Southern director of recruiting Zach Bell will be the new director of recruiting communications for Minnesota.

Bell left Georgia Southern in January after serving as the recruiting director for one year. He also has worked for Fresno State.
Feb 11 - 6:03 PM

Minnesota signed four-star 2018 JUCO junior T Jason Dickson.

Dickson (6'6/305) signed on with the Gophers during the early window in December after spending the past two seasons at Diablo Valley in the JUCO ranks. On the ESPN JC50, the tackle sits at No. 42 overall. He brings to the table adequate size and lateral movement, but is somewhat rigid in his movements and has shown issues in pass protection in the past. A move to guard is not outside the realm of possibility.
Feb 7 - 4:00 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that Austin Peay DC Marcus West will be Minnesota's new DL coach.

West takes over for the departing Bryce Paup. His previous defensive line coaching resume involves coaching FCS schools like Chattanooga and Division III school Wartbug. He was a part of the Governors' staff that helped Austin Peay go 8-4 after losing their previous 29 games prior to the 2017 season.
Feb 5 - 5:15 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports that Minnesota will hire Arizona CB coach Jahmile Addae.

Thamel does not specify what role Addae will play on staff for HC P.J. Fleck beyond that it will come on the defensive side of the ball. Addae had been at Arizona for the past five seasons, working as cornerbacks coach for the most recent campaign.
Source: Pete Thamel
Feb 1 - 12:56 PM

Football Scoop reports that Minnesota will shift TE coach Brian Callahan to offensive line coach.

Callahan will be taking over offensive-line coaching duties with Ed Warinner reportedly vacating that post to take a position with Michigan. This will not be his first go-round working a line -- Football Scoop named Callahan the 2016 Offensive Line Coach of the Year for his sterling efforts with Western Michigan. He followed HC P.J. Fleck over to the Gophs last winter.
Jan 20 - 2:23 PM


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