Football Across Minnesota '22: Columns by Chip Scoggins

Columnist Chip Scoggins goes into storyteller mode with tales from all levels of football in the state.

Longest road to a Minnesota football sideline involved swimming, punting and a VW van

Northwestern tight end Nolan Howle listens to coaching from Boomer Roepke, the offensive coordinator for the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

— Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Football Across Minnesota: Boomer Roepke is calling plays in St. Paul, and how he got to the University of Northwestern is quite a story. Also: Telling games ahead for Gophers, Vikings and a QB who threw eight TD passes.

At Minnesota Duluth, Kyle Walljasper is a hard-charging bulldog of a quarterback

Good luck trying to keep Kyle Walljasper out of the end zone on a QB sneak.

— Dave Harwig, courtesy Minnesota Duluth

Football Across Minnesota: Kyle Walljasper is the hammer, not the nail, as he runs through opponents for undefeated Minnesota Duluth. There's also a former East Ridge QB shredding D-II and it's prove-it week for the Gophers and Vikings.

Inside the Twin Cities 'quarterback school.' It's a place to find an extra edge

Baylor Smith, 10, was one of the young quarterbacks running drills last weekend with Cleveland McCoy.

— Renée Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Football Across Minnesota: Boys as young as 9 years old and as old as varsity starters sign up for training sessions, trying to get ahead and stay ahead in one of the most complicated positions in sports.

Wildest dreams weekend for Minnesota football fans: No. 2 Michigan, Patrick Mahomes and more

The Gophers vs. Michigan for the Little Brown Jug. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in town to face the Vikings. If Taylor Swift shows up? Reality might surpass a dream weekend for football.

— Star Tribune (Gophers, Swift); Associated Press (Mahomes)

Football Across Minnesota: The best weekend of football watching is coming. The No. 2 Wolverines and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will test the Gophers and Vikings in town, after some prep rivalries get the weekend party started.

Chanhassen's Maxwell Woods making case for 'best' in Minnesota, in more ways than one

Chanhassen’s Maxwell Woods broke free from Elk River’s defense on opening night earlier this season.

— Star Tribune

Football Across Minnesota: Chanhassen's do-it-all star is terrific on the field, powering the Storm to the No. 1 ranking — and his fan club is growing because of who he is off the field.

One Minnesotan is among nation's top college receivers; another just brought fans to tears

Saturday was great for Gustavus receiver Jake Breitbach, left, and North Dakota running back Gaven Ziebarth.

— Gustavus Athletics photos / Russell Hons, UND Athletics

Football Across Minnesota: This week's featured players were busy at Armstrong and Cambridge-Isanti before having college success. And can we talk about the weather this fall?