NO MORE. STOP IT. (Quote below per Joe C)Running back Rodney Smith is questionable.
Starting offensive linemen Josh Campion and Brian Bobek are not on the trip. Ben Lauer will start at left tackle, and true freshman Tyler Moore will be making his college debut at center.Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe is out. Junior safety Ace Rogers is out for the season.
Defensive backs Damarius Travis and Briean Boddy-Calhoun are on the trip but won't play.UPDATE:Gaelin Elmore is out too.
IMPORTANT TV SCHEDULING NOTE: Saturday's game is no longer being broadcast on ESPN. Instead it will be broadcast on ESPNU. Kickoff is still set for 2:30 CT.
The move is happening because of the changes to the LSU/South Carolina game. Before you gripe too much, those changes are SC having to play their home game IN BATON ROUGE because of flooding. Things could be a lot worse. That said, I know ESPNU isn't in a lot of people's cable packages so yea, this still sucks for some of you.
From the U:
Nick Bjugstad -- Florida Panthers
Alex Goligoski -- Dallas Stars
Erik Haula -- Minnesota Wild
Erik Johnson -- Colorado Avalanche
Phil Kessel -- Pittsburgh Penguins
Nick Leddy -- New York Islanders
Paul Martin -- San Jose Sharks
Kyle Okposo -- New York Islanders
Nate Schmidt -- Washington Capitals
Thomas Vanek -- Minnesota Wild
Blake Wheeler -- Winnipeg Jets
"Additionally, Todd Richards returns to the bench as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Darby Hendrickson continues to serve as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild and Paul Holmgren is the president of the Philadelphia Flyers."
It's very likely that there are a few more Gophers who will be called up to their NHL clubs over the course of the season *cough* Mike Reilly *cough*
Novel picking concept from the weather guy, but I like where his head is at. More importantly (ok, not at all important but go with it) is that 3 of the 4 Gameday picks went Minnesota's way (Lee went "not so fast" for Northwestern).
The full details are important and can be found here. Quick notes:
- Both Men's and Women's season ticket holders will receive a voucher for a ticket to the opposite game.
- Single game ticket buyers will need tickets to each game. These tickets can be purchased as a pack.
Well this is news that I dislike. Former Minnesota safety Brock Vereen was waived by the Chicago Bears today. It would seem that the new coaches may not have been big fans of Brock.
While this is cruddy news, we wish Brock the best in continuing his NFL dreams and will always be proud to have him representing the maroon in gold in the NFL and the wider world!
In addition to being picked to finish 2nd in the B1G this season by the coaches, Minnesota had two standouts named to the Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list. The deserving Gophers? Junior forwards Hudson Fasching and Justin Kloos! Hudson was a unanimous selection.
Here's the full list from the Big Ten:
2015-16 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH
JT Compher, F, Michigan*
Kyle Connor, F, Michigan
Zach Werenski, D, Michigan*
Jake Hildebrand, G, Michigan State*
Mackenzie MacEachern, F, Michigan State
Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota*
Justin Kloos, F, Minnesota
Anthony Greco, F, Ohio State
Nick Schilkey, F, Ohio State
David Goodwin, F, Penn State
Eric Scheid, F, Penn State
Grant Besse, F, Wisconsin
* Unanimous selection
The annual Big Ten Hockey Coaches Poll is out, and Minnesota came in 2nd behind Michigan in the preseason prediction. Without doing any analysis or thinking about it at all, I'm going to say this is wrong. Gotta go full #HomerSota.
2015-16 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
3. Michigan State
4. Penn State
5. Ohio State
I know the injury report is bleak, but all hope is not lost. Minnesota's backups in the secondary did a better job getting it done down the stretch than you might have realized. HATS OFF to the defensive secondary. They have been tested but they keep getting it done when needed.
So here's a little video of Ohio University defensive lineman Blair Brown kicking true freshman Shannon Brooks in the head after a short run. The refs missed this one, and I'm not sure any one of them had a sight line to this incident.
Two plays later Brown would swing at Brandon Lingen and receive and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Obviously that penalty should have been his second of the game and he should have been ejected.
He also could have been penalized on Brooks second TD run for intentionally contacting Mitch Leidner's head well after the handoff.
It was a big day for Brown.
Good news from Shama, as student ticket sales are up nearly 38% this season.:
Gophers student season ticket sales have increased from 6,100 last year to 8,400. Athletic department leaders are hoping for a third consecutive sellout crowd on Saturday when Minnesota plays Ohio starting at 2:30 p.m.
That's another nice brick in rebuilding the program. Oddly enough, I feel like I might have missed the annual Mike Kaszuba "let's talk about how Gopher Football student ticket sales are worse than Indiana's football ticket sales without any context that you gotta by IU FB tix to have MBB tix" story in the STrib. I'm devastated by that.
2016 Minnesota recruiting commit Dredrick Snelson was profiled today by Sports Illustrated. The big "hook" to the story? Why would a top ranked receiving prospect from Florida who has offers and interest from high profile southern schools choose to head up to frigid Minnesota to play for a team that doesn't throw the ball?
You should definitely give the whole article a read, but some short answers include:
"It’s cold in the NFL. That’s all I say."
Touche Dredrick. What else?
Snelson had known about Minnesota, but when asked about what drew him to the program, he’s quick to credit two fellow Gophers commits, cornerbacks Elijah and Elisha Daniels.
Empire Class. Gotta love it.
I come bearing wonderful news!
Fans and alumni can finally weigh in on the new University of North Dakota team nickname in mid-October.
Online voting will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, and will conclude at midnight on Friday, Oct. 23.Voting is open to: current UND students, faculty and staff; UND alumni, retirees and donors; and current season ticket holders for UND athletic events (one vote per account).
You may be wondering why I'm so excited by this. In response, I urge you to go here and look at compare the dates of Minnesota Football's schedule with that of the voting process.
The vote takes place during Minnesota's bye week.
That's right friends! The worst week of the 2015 Minnesota football season, when you can reasonably be expected to do yard work and other chores, now includes a giant schadenfreude gift from the University of North Dakota.
Thanks to the school's announcement that they will refuse to consider "no nickname" as an option, there is guaranteed to be a decent to enormous amount of UND fan angst over the outcome of the voting. I expect that angst to reach a fever pitch during the bye week and I look forward to the entertaining letters to the editor that shall ensue.
Good luck UND (you'll need it) and thanks for thinking of Gophers fans when making this decision!
UPDATE:Amir Coffey has committed to the University of Minnesota!
Gopher recruit Amir Coffey will make his college selection at Hopkins High School on Monday, 9/21 at 3:30 pm CT.
Predictions are always dangerous on these things, but the general sense I'm getting from those who follow recruiting more closely is that Minnesota stands a very good shot of landing the local 4 star prospect.
Cross your fingers and of course stay tuned to The Daily Gopher for updates on his decision!