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North Dakota State is an FCS juggernaut – three straight national titles, etc. EIU isn’t in that category, but the Panthers have lots of players who can hang against Big Ten competition.
Next year, the Gophers open with TCU at home and then travel to Colorado State. New Mexico State returns to TCF for the 2016 opener. Not much heart racing there either.
I think this absolutely could become a factor, especially if the U isn't able to get the new practice facility built. I think the Kills love it here, but he'll have other opportunities if his success here continues.
Loyalty pretty much defines this staff. That said, I think if a Power 5 school came knocking with a head coaching offer, Claeys and/or Limegrover would have to consider it. Their salaries are high enough now where you wouldn't have to worry about a smaller school plucking them away.
Thanks for the kind words. I think Jeff Jones is going to be a big part of the 2015 team. He'll post good grades this fall and get his college education started right, and things will fall into place from there.
I predicted 7-5 and can easily picture 6-6 or 8-4. But with this schedule, I think 9-3 would be a stretch.
Wolitarsky practiced this week but is listed as questionable. And Logan Hutton is listed as a starting WR on the depth chart. Hutton might not be flashy but he’s an unsung guy, blocks well, good on special teams.
I have real questions about Streveler's arm. He can run -- I mean, really run. And he has pretty good touch on his passes. But the velocity isn't there, or at least that I've seen. Maybe with time. The Gophers really need Leidner to stay healthy.
When I switched to the beat last year, I was really surprised by the quality of the people. Too many good people to list, but I think you can tell from the coverage that Cedric Thompson, Mitch Leidner and David Cobb are among my favorite guys to interview. Limegrover and Claeys have great insight, too.
I can't claim to know recruiting inside and out, but it seems like the Gophers are getting guys that other good programs want. I'm thinking of Almonzo Brown, the WR who had an offer from Florida, for example. And I know the staff is ecstatic about its offensive line recruits for 2015 -- and the QB.
The swing games in that stretch are TCU, at Michigan and Northwestern at home. (Sorry, La Velle, but Illinois doesn't scare me.) Anyway, I could see the Gophers winning 2 of those 3 swing games, so I don't think 7-1 is too far out of the question.
Tim Brewster is an assistant coach at Florida State. I think he'll get another head coaching job eventually, but probably not at a Power 5 school, at least not right away.
He looks good. He took good care of himself during the offseason. But the test comes now, as the games begin. He needs to get his sleep and make sure his meals don't go back to pretzels and Diet Coke. But he's wired to obsess about coaching 24/7, so he needs to find that balance.
I saw some really good throws during the practices that were open to the media (before Aug. 9). I think for Leidner it's just a matter of getting into a rhythm.
Bre, I saw this question and was hoping to get you a quick answer, but need to check myself. I'm sure TV played a big part in it. They've opened on Thursday the past couple years.
Great to hear, Boomer. Video and radio really aren't my forte.
Last I looked Vereen was in line for a starting safety spot with the Bears. And if you've been watching Hard Knocks, you've seen how Ra'Shede's doing. He'll be a factor for the Falcons, for sure. They'll be missed, but I think the defense has enough other talent to be really good this year.
Eastern Illinois returns seven starters from a pretty good defense, but they have to replace both starting cornerbacks. This should be a good chance for the Gophers to air it out.
No, I absolutely think that's the case. Take Jerry Gibson, for example. The kid is a freakish athlete and had Steve Spurrier in his living room -- and still picked the Gophers.
They obviously like their upside. One surprise for me from training camp, though, was how little rush the coaches seem to play these true freshmen WRs. I think there is real talent there, but it's raw. You mentioned RB Rodney Smith -- hearing good things about him. He might not redshirt.
If I had to bet, I'd say it'll get done. When? I'm not entirely sure. Best case is they're breaking ground in April. It really needs to happen, though. The more I'm around college football and see how far behind the Gophers are with facilities, I realize how important this stuff is. It's where the athletes spend almost all their time.