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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

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the school's 28-24 loss to Illinois.

Cobb produced 80 yards on a single drive late in the third quarter, but his fourth quarter fumble was returned for a touchdown and ultimately was the winning score. Illinois stacked the box until Minnesota connected on a couple of downfield passes. It took too long, however. We are still big fans of Cobb's ability.
Oct 25 - 4:52 PM

Minnesota HC Jerry Kill notes that senior RB David Cobb "is a back that seems to get stronger as the game goes on," according to the Star Tribune.

"He’s a back that seems to get stronger as the game goes on," coach Jerry Kill told the Start Tribune. "I keep saying every week, ‘We need to take a few of those off of him.’ It’s hard to do, when he gets into a rhythm. But I think we need to be careful." The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in Saturday's 39-38 win over Purdue. Through seven games, Cobb has rushed for 1,013 yards and leads the nation with 27.0 rushes per game. In the last four games, Cobb has 34, 32, 30 and 35 carries for the Golden Gophers.
Oct 23 - 3:39 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb "is a tough, highly competitive runner," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in Saturday's 39-38 win over Purdue. "I was really impressed with what I saw from him on TV, and am looking forward to studying his tape," McShay wrote. Rotoworld would like to welcome Mr. McShay to Cobb's bandwagon, and we expect more riders as the season progresses. We love how it takes multiple defenders to corral the Golden Gopher. Josh Norris compares Bell to Le'Veon Bell, circa Michigan State.
Oct 21 - 8:30 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams had three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Purdue.

Williams ought not be judged on his mediocre counting stats, because Minnesota's gameplan generally calls for RB David Cobb as Options 1, 2, and 3. Williams has only 15 catches for 247 yards and four touchdowns on the season, though he's viewed as a prospect who can both catch and block. 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.
Oct 19 - 3:41 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in the school's 39-38 win over Purdue.

Cobb is a favorite of Josh Norris', and this performance displayed why. The Golden Gopher refuses to go down on first contact and is willing to work between and outside of the tackles. He has some similarities to the bigger version of Le'Veon Bell, the one we saw at Michigan State. Minus the needless hurdles of defenders at the third level.
Oct 18 - 3:56 PM

NFL.com believes Minnesota senior RB David Cobb will become the first Gophers' RB drafted since Laurence Maroney in 2006.

"He lacks elite speed, but is a downhill runner with good vision and balance," wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb led the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season, and already has had two 200-yard games this season. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Cobb could go in Rds. 4-5 and be an immediate NFL contributor thanks to his innate ability to break first contact.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 15 - 5:59 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams had two catches for 64 yards Saturday against Northwestern.

Williams has only 12 catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns on the season, but you can't judge him based on stats. Jerry Kill doesn't ask Mitch Leidner to put the ball in the air too often, instead choosing to feed David Cobb the ball and play strong defense. 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. He could be a top three draft-eligible tight end.
Oct 12 - 1:54 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb was held to 97 rushing yards on 30 carries in the school's 24-17 win over Northwestern.

Cobb's longest run only went for 11 yards, and he was also limited to one catch for five yards. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is a huge fan of Cobb's ability to break first contact, and it could make him a fourth- or fifth-round prospects with traits to contribute early.
Oct 11 - 3:32 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb "possesses enough skill to make a roster in the NFL," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Cobb "stole the show" against a Michigan run defense that previously ranked amongst the best in the conference on Saturday, according to Pauline, rushing for 183 yards on 32 carries in a 30-14 win. He added three receptions for 50 yards. "Prior to the season I mentioned how surprising it was Cobb receives little mention in the scouting community," Pauline wrote. "The senior is considered a street free agent by most scouts while I stamped him as a potential seventh round choice. Cobb is a big-bodied (220lbs) ball carrier who pounds opponents on the inside while offering enough short area quickness to make defenders miss. He’s more of a interior ball carrier/short yardage back but possesses enough skill to make a roster in the NFL."
Sep 29 - 3:57 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams (knee) had four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown on Saturday against Michigan.

Williams missed last week's game against San Jose State due to a recurring knee issue. Not including that contest, Williams has caught touchdowns in three straight games. 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. He could be a top three draft-eligible tight end.
Sep 27 - 9:03 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 183 yards on 32 carries in Saturday's 30-14 win versus Michigan.

He added three receptions for 50 yards. Because the Golden Gophers' passing attack is so inconsistent, they will continue to lean on the underrated Cobb. This is the third time out of five games that he has rushed for more than 180 yards. "Cobb is built well for the NFL game with good vision to make strong cuts and gash defenses," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month.
Sep 27 - 8:36 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time this week.

Williams missed last week's game against San Jose State due to what has been reported as a recurring knee issue. The tight end is quite talented but he is still being limited in practice. It is no sure thing for Williams to play versus Michigan/
Sep 25 - 10:27 AM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in Saturday's 24-7 win versus San Jose State.

Incredibly, the Gophers only completed one pass for seven yards in the win. They ran all over the Spartans, gaining 380 yards on 58 carries. Minnesota will continue to feed the ball to Cobb. "My dad taught me a long time ago, if you’ve got a good horse, ride him," coach Jerry Kill said Sunday. "[Cobb] was a hot back at that time, seeing things well. And there will be a time when it won’t be that clean, and you’ll put another one in. But why take him out, if he’s doing what he’s doing? We subbed him some, but sometimes David gets better as the game goes on."
Sep 21 - 4:19 PM

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


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