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Gophers safety Jacob Huff named Big Ten defensive player of the week

The junior had a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee.


Postgame: Three thoughts on the Gophers' 34-3 win over Middle Tennessee

Though the Blue Raiders were without their two best players, Minnesota used a methodical path to victory.


Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill out vs. Gophers

The junior suffered a shoulder injury last week against Syracuse and had been listed as questionable.


Gophers seek 3-0 start against Middle Tennessee

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, during an NCAA college football game against Oregon State, in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.

In their final nonconference game of the season, Minnesota faces an explosive Blue Raiders team whose quarterback is battling a shoulder injury.


Gophers mailbag: Demry Croft, Seth Green, redshirts and more

Demry Croft

From the quarterback situation to bowl game speculation, here's what's on Minnesota football fans' minds.


Middle Tennessee brings explosive offense to face Gophers

Wide receiver Richie James and quarterback Brent Stockstill are the Blue Raiders' stars.


Goldy Gopher helmet tops all-gold look for Saturday's game

The Gophers football team will wear a special Goldy Gopher football helmet this Saturday.

The team saluted mascot Goldy Gopher during his birthday week and will have his large face on its helmet against Middle Tennessee.


Postgame: Three takeaways from the Gophers' 48-14 rout of Oregon State

Gophers linebacker Jonathan Celestin tackled Oregon State running back Artavis Pierce for his second tackle in a row in the third quarter Saturday.

A team that struggled to score in the season opener had no problem with that Saturday night, when Minnesota's point total was its most on the road since 1980.


Smoke has cleared, and Gophers look for victory in Fleck's road debut

Minnesota on Saturday night in Corvallis, Ore., will try to get its offense going against an Oregon State defense that has given up 90 points in two games.


Like Gophers, Oregon State is a team in transition

The Beavers went 6-18 in the first two years under Gary Andersen, but they built great momentum at the end of last season by crushing Arizona and beating Oregon for the first time since 2007.


Postgame: Tight victory shows where Gophers need to improve

P.J. Fleck got the win in his coaching debut, and he also has ammunition to show his team where it must improve.


Rhoda starts at quarterback for Gophers

Minnesota's quarterback Conor Rhoda warmed up before the Gophers took on the Buffalo Bulls at TCF Bank Stadium, Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. ] ELIZABETH FLORES � liz.flores@startribune.com

Senior Conor Rhoda took the first snap under center in coach P.J. Fleck's Minnesota debut.


At last, it's time for some Gophers football, Fleck's debut

Tonight's game against Buffalo will be a new beginning for the Gophers, not to mention this writer covering them.


No big surprises as Gophers release depth chart for Thursday's opener

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck

As expected, Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft are listed as co-starters at quarterback for Thursday night's game against Buffalo.


Gophers honor Heisman winner Bruce Smith with visit to grave

Gophers halfback Bruce Smith received the Heisman trophy in New York on Dec. 9, 1941.

The Gophers honored the 50th anniversary of Bruce Smith's death with a video tribute and by coach P.J. Fleck talking to the players near Smith's grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


Antoine Winfield Jr. will play for Gophers in season opener

Antoine Winfield Jr., who had injured his left hamstring, will be ready for the Gophers football opener, coach P.J. Fleck said Sunday.

The sophomore defensive back suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp. Coach P.J. Fleck also said true freshman receiver Demetrius Douglas will start.


Fleck in documentary finale: 'It's not little old Minnesota anymore'

In the final episode of "Being P.J. Fleck,'' the coach showed off the Athletes Village that's being built and vowed to wake a sleeping giant.


Gophers turn Victory Walk into 'Ski-U-March'; Fleck adds radio show

The team still will greet fans and enter the stadium along with the spirit squad and the band before the game. But the route will change.


No votes for Gophers football team in AP preseason Top 25

Alabama and Ohio State go 1-2 in the poll of media members. Manageable early schedule, on paper, could move Gophers into Top 25.


Settle in and enjoy the ride with this Gophers two-quarterback system

Gophers quarterback Conor Rhoda set up to pass during practice.

Though coach P.J. Fleck's decision to name co-starters at quarterback isn't popular, it isn't entirely surprising.