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Daily Nugs 3.9.2010

As noted in last night's fan post, Minnesota football recruit James Farrow has committed to the Gophers. Farrow has been catching the attention of recruiting experts, and although he has not yet been officially rated by recruiting services you can view his profile at this link. A new Gopher blogger reviews Farrow at this link.

Adam Rittenberg reviews Gopher football strengths and weaknesses for the 2010 season at this link. Rittenberg, who blogs on a full time basis for ESPN, is very bullish on the projected performance of Kyle Theret and Kim Royston:

Minnesota boasts the Big Ten's top safety tandem in Theret and Royston. The two finished the 2009 season on a high note in the Insight Bowl. Theret had two interceptions and a 40-yard reception on a fake punt, while Royston recorded a career-high 15 tackles, including a forced fumble.

As for the cornerbacks, Jeff over at Golden Gopher Football Blog reviews who will be competing to play opposite Michael Carter:

While some people might worry that having a sophomore in Carter and a redshirt frosh in Kerry Lewis as our starting corners would be a recipe for trouble, if those are our best two kids then that's who should play. And it would certainly be our most athletic pair of starting corners since...well since when I'm not sure.

Marcus Fuller all but squashes the Tubby Smith-to-Oregon rumors at this link:

"If I ever addressed every rumor, then I wouldn't be able to do what I do," Smith said on a Big Ten conference call. "There's always talk about coaches leaving and players leaving. It's part of the business. We're happy here. Even though this year was an up-and-down year, we feel like we have the right pieces in place. We think we can be a pretty good team in the future."