Quite a weekend, with almost summer-like weather. I'll take it. Of course, there's a possibility of snow in the forecast for Friday. Winter's never officially over in Minnesota until summer.
While Minnesota's big league club struggled at home this weekend, the Gophers struggled away from home against Michigan State.
Defensive tackles were the "big" stories of the weekend in both local papers. DT Brandon Kirksey has earned himself a starting spot, and I imagine the senior will also earn the honor of being named a co-captain before the season starts. Converted TE Ra'Shede Hageman talks about growing into his new role on the defensive line- both figuratively and literally.
Not surprisingly, the Gopher defense outplayed the offense in Saturday's scrimmage. Senior wideout Da'Jon McKnight is taking a mentor role with the young receivers, and doesn't want to be compared to Eric Decker. Fair or not, any Gopher receiver who performs well is going to get compared to Decker, but if McKnight has a big year, future Gopher wideouts could be compared to him. Jerry Kill's moustache is making headlines, and a few other notes from practice.
Off Tackle Empire asks an interesting question: if you could only have one, who would you rather have join the Big Ten- Nebraska or Notre Dame?
Gopher hoopsters are trying to decide... the team's best dancer? Must be the offseason.
Finally, congratulations to Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs defeated Michigan 3-2 in overtime Saturday to claim their first Division 1 hockey national championship. It was the 15th OT game of the season for Duluth, and their seventh OT win, both single season records. Good to see at least one Minnesota collegiate hockey program having success.