Golden Nugz - 1/30/13: UDDER FOOLISHNESS

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska basketball is the tonic for all your hoops slump related woes. Tim Miles had no clue what to do without iPads in each locker room stall.

Basketball

Before we proceed any further, an important visual:

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Heart you Barnyard, never change.

Anyway, back to the Huskers attempt at playing roundball. It didn't go over too well last night. Just what the doctor ordered, says everyone. Starting with From the Barn:

I’m not sure what got into the Gophers against Northwestern and Wisconsin. Anyone who’s followed this team all year knows that those two games stand out as particularly awful. For whatever reason they were unable to get anything going on offense and it was extremely frustrating. No flow, no transition, no execution. It was like watching a confused middle school team. Playing against Nebraska got them back into the swing of things. They played with confidence, they hit their shots, they moved on offense, they cut up the defense and they executed. Once again, Gopher basketball was fun to watch. Was it because they were playing at home? Maybe. But it was encouraging nonetheless. The one thing this team needed was a win to get the monkey off its back. And the fact that they dominated was gravy.

Rayno writes about swagger and things, and mentioned intensity in the post-game notes:

The Gophers played tonight, like their tails were on fire, which is what fans have been wanting to see for four games now. They came out with intensity; they kept the intensity. They did some things in the half court that were somewhat new and very promising. And most notably, Rodney Williams broke out of his slump in impressive fashion and played more aggressively, I think, than he has all year. If the Gophers can get him to play like that every game, that will spell good things going forward.

Hmm, yes. Intensity. Looking like you give a damn. Playing as if Saul Smith didn't run practices for the last two weeks. Noticeable improvements all around.

Sandell recaps at 1500, while Fuller does Fuller things.

Finally, dunks on dunks on dunks, post-slam salutes and OMG LARGE HUMANS:

No need to feel guilty: it's a Big Ten victory.

Football

MarQueis Gray is looking physically impressive at the Texas vs. the Nation Game, weighing in at 6'3.5" and 239 lbs., an electronic 4.65s 40 with among the biggest wing spans, hands and arms among any WR/TE prospect participating. The trouble, however, is the transition to inline/flex tight end isn't going so well, or at best, the results are mixed.

BuffaloBillsDraft.net's Tony Wiltshire:

The coaches made an effort to get Gray involved at TE throughout practice. Even though he has the natural athleticism to make the switch, he didn’t look good on his first day. He looked very raw in his routes, and he dropped several catchable balls. He offers upside as a developmental prospect, but he has a lot of work ahead of him. He’ll be a matchup nightmare if he ever gets "it."

Optimus Scouting:

The next top tight end was former Minnesota quarterback and wide receiver, Marqueis Gray. Another player that sat down and spoke with me, Gray sounded committed to the position change when asked about it and looked natural running routes from an in-line position. Gray’s plus body type, natural catching skills and body control are clearly seen, but it’s his character and mental approach that could lead to a successful position change. Avoiding contact well off the line and through his crossing patterns, Gray pulled down reception after reception in team drills. I’ll be shifting my focus to Gray as the week progresses, as I saw a number of positive signs and attributes to his game on the first day.

NFLDraftScout.net:

Although he didn't look uncomfortable at the tight end position, it was obvious that Minnesota's Marqueis Gray is new to the position, looking rough around the edges with his routes and catching the ball. A former quarterback, he took reps with his hand on the ground and in the slot, looking natural in his movements and staying balanced in his breaks. But Gray needs to improve his footwork and body language to square his frame and give his quarterback an open target downfield. He appeared to gain confidence catching the ball as the day went on, but he looked much more confident in the drills without defenders on the field. Gray is an intriguing project who is trying to convince scouts he's worth a draft pick.

National Football Post:

Although he didn't look uncomfortable at the tight end position, it was obvious that Minnesota's Marqueis Gray is new to the position, looking rough around the edges with his routes and catching the ball. A former quarterback, he took reps with his hand on the ground and in the slot, looking natural in his movements and staying balanced in his breaks. But Gray needs to improve his footwork and body language to square his frame and give his quarterback an open target downfield. He appeared to gain confidence catching the ball as the day went on, but he looked much more confident in the drills without defenders on the field. Gray is an intriguing project who is trying to convince scouts he's worth a draft pick.

The rest of the week, the combine and his Pro Day are going to be extremely important for Q if he has hopes of getting drafted this April.

- Tom Lemming, for all his goofiness, blatant cronyism and overt love of Notre Dame, has pearls of wisdom from time to time. Namely, when discussing the latest crop of future Gophers set to sign next Wednesday:

"Jerry Kill’s a very good recruiter," Lemming said. "That’s why Northern Illinois did so well this year; all those guys were his starters. And I think he knows where to get talent. If it’s not in Minnesota -- I know he’ll go there first, but the fact is, if it’s not Minnesota, it’s Illinois or Florida or something.

"The key is to go to the best talent, and if you win, nobody’s going to care. The only time they care is if you’re losing, and you’re not getting the top players in the state."

Landing the top in-state recruits makes your job easier, but it certainly isn't the only option. Remember that the next time someone complains about Kill landing only 1 of the four Minnesota prospects he offered in what was a very down year for local kids.

College Football

- Overlord Delany is contemplating up to 10 B1G league games per year as the conference preps to expand again and hit every corner of the nation. Might as well stab me in the heart then piss on my tradition loving corpse, perpetually schedule an FCS squad to open the season for every team in the conference and, while we're at it, make it basically impossible to get 7 home games without a completely worthless (2 game) non-con schedule. Cool story, JimBRO.

- Superstar WR recruit Laquon Treadwell has money. This won't raise any eyebrows at all.....but should it? Uh, no -- unless you see Luther Darville creeping around or Danny Sherid....HAHAHHAHAHAHAH I CAN'T EVEN FINISH TYPING THAT.

- IMPORTANT: The ultimate college football regional food fight, or rounds of contests that delay the inevitable In-N-Out/Waffle House/Chick-Fil-A/Bojangles Final Four of fatty culinary excellence.

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