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Golden Nugz 8.16.11

Good story from Phil Miller about Anthony Jacobs' move end to tackle, and how he's not taking a starting spot for granted. Thus far in our upgrade/downgrade positional preview, DT was the only position where you guys didn't think we'd see an improvement from 2010. Jacobs play and production there will be a major factor alongside Brandon Kirksey to try and get some push up the middle and make life better for the rest of the defense.

Find out why Gopher QB coach Jim Zebrowski has been dubbed "The Quarterback Whisperer".

Troy Stoudermire has been named the starting "boundary corner." What does that mean exactly? FBT explains.

E!'s Big Ten blog has the Key Stretch for Minnesota this fall, and it's the four games in the month of October: @ Michigan and Purdue, home Nebraska and Iowa. Agree or disagree with that one?

Another game at the World University Games in China, and another easy win for USA basketball, this time 112-68 over South Korea. The Gophs' Trevor Mbakwe was a destroyer of worlds once again with another double-double, notching 14 points and grabbing 11 boards. The "challenge" continues as Team USA will wrap up pool play with blowout wins games against Finland Wednesday and Israel Thursday. The medal round begins Saturday.

The Strib is running a 10-part series of "what if?" certain major events in Minnesota sports history had turned out differently. Today's installment will be of great interest to Gopher hoop fans: What if nobody knew who Jan Gangelhoff was?

The U volleyball team is rated 12th in the country in the preseason coaches poll.

Is this really the end for UND's Fighting Sioux nickname?

In what should be a surprise to noone but the most delusional Nebraska football fans, QB recruit Bubba Starling chose $7.5 million to play baseball for the Royals instead of quarterback for the Huskers.

In Minnesota-related sports, congratulations to Jim Thome on hitting his 600th homerun. Watch it here.