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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

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams had a 27-yard touchdown catch in Saturday's win over Middle Tennessee.

The 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from Mitch Leidner was Williams' only reception of the game. Williams also recorded two catches for 57 yards in a Week 1 victory over Eastern Illinois. 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.
Sep 7 - 11:20 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in Saturday's 35-24 win versus Middle Tennessee.

The 220 yards set a new career-high, helping the Golden Gophers improve to 2-0. The last Minnesota back to exceed the 200-yard mark was Amir Pinnix, on Nov. 12, 2005, against Michigan State. This was the highest rushing total of a Gopher back since Laurence Maroney scampered for 258 yards against Wisconsin on Oct. 15, 2005. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer that he was "really surprised" by Cobb, adding that the back got "little to no love in the scouting community as many scouts feel he’s barely camp worthy." Perhaps that will change if the 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb produces big against Big 10 defenses.
Sep 7 - 11:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams recorded two catches for 57 yards in the school's 42-20 win over Eastern Illinois.

Williams' first catch was a 25 yard gain in the second quarter, and the second went for 32 yards in the fourth. Despite only being a redshirt sophomore, Williams is absolutely a prospect worth watching. He could be a top three draft-eligible tight end.
Aug 29 - 11:57 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Minnesota redshirt junior DE Theiren Cockran "does not get the credit he’s due."

"Cockran is slightly undersized but a terrific pass rusher who does not get the credit he’s due," he wrote. "He offers next level quickness, movement skills and the ability to be used, at worse, as nickel pass rusher." Cockran collected 10.0 tackles for loss and led the Gophers with 7.5 sacks as a sophomore last season. He has NFL dimensions and speed, standing 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, and running a 4.79 forty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Cockran "has NFL size and a bright future ahead of him."
Aug 9 - 10:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is "really surprised" Minnesota Senior RB David Cobb "gets little to no love in the scouting community as many scouts feel he’s barely camp worthy."

"Watching Cobb on film one sees a big back (220lbs) with deceptive speed and quickness," he wrote. "Cobb hits the hole hard and is able to make defenders miss. I really like his game and feel he’s a legitimate sleeper at the running back position." Pauline grades Cobb as a UDFA at present moment. The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb led the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season, becoming the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to break the century mark.
Aug 9 - 9:27 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior DE Theiren Cockran "has NFL size and a bright future ahead of him," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Cockran collected 10.0 tackles for loss and led the Gophers with 7.5 sacks as a sophomore last season. "He is still growing into his frame and developing his strength, but Cockran has NFL size and a bright future ahead of him," Brugler wrote. Cockran has NFL dimensions and speed, standing 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, and running a 4.79 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 9:09 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler expects redshirt junior OL Brian Bobek to win Minnesota's starting center gig.

Bobek must shake off a layer of rust this summer, as he hasn't played a snap over the past few years. The 6-foot-2, 302-pounder began his career at Ohio State and saw the field as a true freshman, but decided to transfer to Minnesota, sitting out the 2012 season due to NCAA rules. Bobek missed last year due to injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 8:31 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior OG Zac Epping's versatility on the interior could appeal to the NFL.

Epping has been a hugely valuable piece for the Gophers in recent seasons, accruing 34 career starts. He started every game at left guard last season and was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. "[Epping] will likely return to [left guard] as a senior, but he has also started games in the past at center," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 6:29 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Minnesota redshirt senior DT Cameron Botticelli stood out on film last year while he was scouting Ra'Shede Hageman.

Serving as the Gophers' nose tackle, Botticelli proved an outstanding 1-2 complement for Hageman's otherworldly athleticism. Botticelli is more of a lunch pail type, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound specimen that gives collegiate interior offensive line fits. " He is entering his third year as a starter and although his production hasn't been noteworthy (23 tackles and one sack in 2013), his ability to occupy blocks and clog run lanes will earn him looks from scouts," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 6:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams a "versatile offensive weapon."

Williams started games at three different positions -- tight end, fullback and H-Back -- last fall as a freshman. And would you believe he led the Gophers with 25 catches for 417 yards and five touchdowns? "He is only a redshirt sophomore, but keep an eye on Williams and his offensive versatility in the Gophers' offense," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams runs a 4.85 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 4:31 PM


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