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Minnesota received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 G Curtis Dunlap Jr.

Dunlap (6'5/362) had been committed to Florida since July before he reopened his recruitment earlier this month. ESPN's Craig Haubert compares him to Michigan OL Cesar Ruiz, noting similarities between their competitive fires and drives. The Worldwide Leader ranks Dunlap as the No. 123 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. Gophs HC P.J. Fleck made plenty of recruiting noise this weekend, not only snagging Dunlap, but also fellow four-star OL Daniel Faalele plus preferred walk-on QB Zack Annexstad.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 10 - 2:08 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 T Daniel Faalele.

Faalele (6'9/394) has quite the story to the name. A native of Australia, he hit the national scene after a Hawaii recruiter stumbled upon him in a gym. At the time, he had not played a down of football. Faalele enrolled at football factory IMG Academy in August and has drawn offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. The big tackle gives Minnesota a quartet of four-star recruits at this juncture. Should they hang on to all of them, it would be the first time they've reeled in that many high-profile recruits since ESPN began their rankings in 2006. The outlet refers to him as "one of the most intriguing prospects in this [cycle]."
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 10 - 1:54 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore LB Jaylen Waters will transfer.

Waters (6'3/247) posted seven tackles in 10 games played for the Gophers this season. ESPN ranked him as a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle and the No. 29 inside linebacking prospect in the class. It's not yet known where Waters might be eyeing for his transfer.
Nov 29 - 8:04 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior WR Melvin Holland Jr. will transfer as a graduate.

Holland (6'3/205) caught two passes for eight yards as a redshirt freshman back in 2015, but has not recorded a catch either of the past two seasons. He was sidelined for the current campaign by a season-ending ankle injury sustained in a win over Middle Tennessee on Sep. 16. As a graduate transfer, Holland will be eligible to play immediately with his new team come the start of the 2018 season.
Nov 28 - 5:13 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore WR Hunter Register will transfer.

Register (6'5/214) is a huge target who failed to work his way into the offensive gameplan the past two years. In 2017, he mostly played on special teams. His Gopher career ends with a sole six-yard reception, recorded against Indiana State as a freshman in 2016.
Nov 28 - 3:21 PM

Minnesota junior WR Rashad Still will transfer.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Still entered the fall as the Gophers' leading returning receiver with 36 receptions in 2016. He failed to meet expectations in P.J. Fleck's first year in Minneapolis, essentially disappearing. Still finished with only one more catch (two) than suspensions in 2017.
Nov 28 - 1:07 PM

Minnesota starting redshirt sophomore QB Demry Croft requested and received his release from the program.

This is an odd story. Croft started the school's final six games of the season but played very poorly. How poorly? Well, he completed just 41 percent of his passes in that span and Minnesota was held scoreless for the final two contests. P.J. Fleck will move forward with a different quarterback.
Source: ESPN
Nov 27 - 11:34 AM

Minnesota junior WR Rashad Still (knee) is not expected to play on Saturday against Wisconsin.

Still has only played sparingly this year, but it's a loss for a receiving core that is already thin. It'll once again be the Phillip Howard and Eric Carter show against the Badgers for the Gophers.
Nov 25 - 3:31 PM

Minnesota signed head coach P.J. Fleck to a one year contract extension through 2022.

This type of short extention happens during coaching carousel season. Fleck could have received a small raise, or asked for more money for his assistant coaches. Minnesota is currently 5-6 with one game left against Wisconsin.
Nov 22 - 9:56 AM

Minnesota HC PJ Fleck announced that sophomore WR Tyler Johnson (broken hand) will be out 4-5 weeks but will be available for spring practices.

In all likelihood, this ends Johnson's season. The Gophers could still make a bowl game and hope he recovers quickly, but to do that, they'd have to upset Wisconsin this weekend. Johnson emerged as Minnesota's No. 1 receiver this season. In 10 games played, he posted a 35-677-7 line. If the Gophers can get better quarterback play next season, those numbers will swell.
Nov 21 - 1:33 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Demry Croft was abysmal in Saturday's 39-0 loss to Northwestern, going 2-for-11 for 43 yards and three interceptions.

To add to his abominable line, the dual-threat Croft had -17 rushing yards. This comes one week after Croft ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-21 demolition of Nebraska. Croft will have plenty of competition for the starting job next summer.
Nov 18 - 3:15 PM

Minnesota sophomore WR Tyler Johnson (wrist) is out for Saturday's game against Northwestern.

Johnson, Minnesota's No. 1 receiver, has posted a 35-677-7 line this year. This is a big loss, as Minnesota has targeted Johnson on 36 percent of its passing plays this season, according to SB Nation.
Nov 18 - 12:28 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Smith ran for 134 yards and had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Saturday's 54-21 victory over Nebraska.

With Shannon Brooks out again, the Gophers needed Smith to step up. He did, running for a season-high yardage total, his third 100-yard game of the campaign. This crucial victory squared Minnesota' record at 5-5. Needing one win to go bowling, Minnesota travels to Northwestern next week before closing out the regular season at home against Wisconsin.
Nov 11 - 4:06 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Demry Croft ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 54-21 win over Nebraska.

Consider this Croft's coming-out party. After losing the starting job to Conor Rhoda coming out of camp, Croft was an afterthought, then a suspended afterthought after he left the team briefly in mid-September. But he returned to wrestle the job away from Rhoda with an inspiring second-half rally that fell short against Michigan State last month. Croft's last three starts were all poor, leading to questions about whether or not he'd retain the gig, and then Saturday happened. Croft overwhelmed a Nebraska defense that allowed 409 yards on the ground. Croft so spooked the Cornhuskers that he also completed a solid 9-of-15 passes for 105 yards as they fretted about the idea of him escaping the pocket again. Croft still isn't completing 50-percent of his passes on the year, but this was certainly a performance to build on.
Nov 11 - 4:01 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota junior RB Shannon Brooks (shoulder/concussion) is expected to miss Saturday's game against Nebraska.

This isn't a surprise, as earlier this week HC P.J. Fleck told reports that Brooks wasn't yet medically cleared to play. Fleck talked about concussion-like symptoms when discussing his status. Brooks previously injured his shoulder against Iowa a few weeks ago. He did not play in last Saturday's loss to Michigan.
Nov 11 - 11:37 AM


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