College football reporter | Gophers football and hockey

Randy Johnson covers University of Minnesota football and college football for the Star Tribune, along with Gophers hockey and the Wild.

Johnson also spent 17 years as sports copy editor/layout editor at the Star Tribune after five years in a similar role with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He also was assistant sports editor and Penn State football beat writer for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., for five years.


U football players don't sugarcoat what needs to happen in 2024

Players stressed the need to get get "violent" — within the rules — to improve on last year's 5-7 record.


U running back Taylor pushes on with a father in prison for murder

Detroit native Darius Taylor Jr., has become a Gophers standout after being raised by his aunt and grandmother. He still keeps in regular touch with his father.


Texas offensive lineman Nelson McGuire III rescinds commitment to Gophers

The three-star player visited Arkansas and Texas Tech over the past two weeks.


Gophers' Fleck goes big — and goes West — with his 2025 recruiting class

The Gophers reeled in 13 verbal commitments over two 'Summer Splash' weekends, adding more linemen and more recruits from the West.


Gophers football gets 2026 commitment from Forest Lake's Johnson

Forest Lake defensive tackle Howie Johnson is the No. 2-ranked recruit in Minnesota after having a standout sophomore season.


U football receives pledges from six in key recruiting weekend

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck and his staff secured commitments from two offensive linemen, a defensive lineman, a linebacker, a running back and a wide receiver.


Wisconsin re-flips a Gophers football commit to Badgers' side

Torin Pettaway originally picked Wisconsin, then Minnesota, and now Wisconsin again after taking part in the Gophers' "Summer Splash" recruiting weekend.


PWHL Minnesota drafts defender Thompson with No. 3 pick

After winning the Walter Cup, Minnesota bolstered its roster at the PWHL draft on Monday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.


Gophers land four-star receiver among six commitments

Bradley Martino from Naples, Fla., committed to Minnesota during a key recruiting weekend.


Gophers' prized recruit Perich arrives in Dinkytown ready to rock

A hamstring injury prevent Koi Perich from participating in the state track and field meet, but he's eager to get started with the Gophers.