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Minnesota Golden Gophers Football News, Links, Notes, and More! Golden Nugz 8/22/14

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Happy Friday everyone. One week from today, we'll be trying to recover after the Gophers' first victory of the year!

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Football Reigns Supreme in August

I'm sensing that there's a growing excitement for Jonah Pirsig to be starting on the offensive line.  Update: here's Jonah's recruitment video from high school. If you're trying to figure out which player he is, he's the 6' 9" monster who's throwing 5' 10" DEs around the field like they're those stuffed Ultimate Warrior wresting dolls we all had when we were kids.  I got a good laugh out of the video, so I though I would share it.

Gophers football: Jonah Pirsig finally ready to show what he can do - TwinCities.com

Gophers won't rush Lauer; Pirsig likely headed for first career start; Wolitarsky still out | Gridiron Gold | StarTribune.com

Starting for Gophers would be Pirsig's big move | Star Tribune

Chart: Gophers' offensive line shuffles | Star Tribune

And then there's this:

There was some activity on the Gophers football recruiting front yesterday, but you know TDG covers it the way you want it covered!  Gophers get committment from Georgia WR | Gridiron Gold | StarTribune.com

Gophers' safety Thompson continues to expand coverage | Star Tribune

Notebook: Cedric Thompson finding voice as Minnesota Gophers leader | FOX Sports

Cedric Thompson relishes brother's success | Star Tribune

Gophers' Rhoda ready for whatever awaits as third-string QB | Star Tribune

Gophers feel good on injury front; team downplays recent hobbles for Wolitarsky and Amaefula | Gridiron Gold | StarTribune.com

Gophers seeing dividends of single-quarterback system - TwinCities.com

Gophers football: Linebacker depth a concern - TwinCities.com

Fully on board: Minnesota Gophers proving fullback position isn't extinct | FOX Sports

Look, it's an ESPN Big Ten morning links with the text part about the Gophers!  Big Ten morning links - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

A Gopher freshman makes an appearance on this list: 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Freshman Team " Big Ten Network

Former Gophers receiver Andre McDonald leaves UW-River Falls | Star Tribune

Basketball News is Heating Up!

Pitino vs. Pitino will open Gophers basketball season - TwinCities.com

Report: 2015 recruit Chris Clarke narrows list, keeps Minnesota on it | Gold in the Barn | StarTribune.com

Gophers men's and women's basketball schedules are released | Star Tribune