Happy Friday everyone! To get yourself through the last workday of the week, here are handful of Gopher related links.
With potentially four Gophers set to be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft and Daniel Oturu’s draft stock rising, there are plenty of Gophers in the Draft links.
- Antoine Winfield Jr has received a 1st round projection from Mel Kiper! And Kiper has the son of the former Viking great going to...THE VIKINGS.
- USA Today has an interview with Winfield that is an excellent read.
- The same site has Winfield going #23 to the Patriots.
- KARE 11 did a nice profile on Tyler Johnson as he prepares for the NFL, not just the draft.
- Moving on to hoops. Daniel Oturu is having an outstanding sophomore season and has his name popping up on draft boards. But his projected draft spot is all over the place. NBADraft.net has him going 7th overall! Sports Illustrated doesn’t have him in the first round. And ESPN’s Jonothan Givony has him going early in the 2nd round. While others have him going in the mid to late first round.
- Gopher Baseball is 2-2 to start the season. They beat Oregon in their season opener, lost a couple to Pepperdine & San Diego before beating Arizona to end their early season trip to Arizona.
- Here is a comprehensive preview of the Big Ten where the Gophers are predicted to finish 3rd.
- Gopher Softball is 5-4 this season playing a challenging schedule. On Valentine’s day they faced #16 Oklahoma State and #5 Florida State, losing the first but winning the second on a walk-off home run.
- GopherGuy previewed this weekend’s big hockey matchup with Penn State. Black Shoe Diaries dis as well.
Other news that are either Gopher or Big Ten related.
- Andy Gerder did a brief piece on the job security of Richard Pitino.