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Leidner confident he'll be more relaxed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mitch Leidner started four games, threw 78 passes and ran the ball 102 times for Minnesota as a freshman last year. He was still nervous for last week's season opener. The Gophers were playing at home and under the lights, so even against an FCS opponent in Eastern Illinois, Leidner felt some jitters. ''He was wound pretty tight when the game started...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers: 5 questions for 2013

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the BCS National Championship set to be played Monday night, the college football season will soon be over. For the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the 2013 season ended with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27. Jerry Kill's team now begins preparing for 2014, with spring practices just a few months away. With that in mind, let'...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers: Previewing Northwestern.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team has had one crazy bye week. Head coach Jerry Kill made the decision to take a leave of absence from the team for at least a couple of weeks to focus on his health, leaving the team in the hands of defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys. Kill has had five seizures throughout his tenure as the head coach and Claeys has acted as the head coach...
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers: No identity under Kill.

At Big Ten media day in July, Minnesota Golden Gophers head football coach, Jerry Kill, boldly stated “we don’t want to be average.” This was in reference to a Gopher football team that went 6-7 (2-6) last season and lost to Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Kill was intrigued to get the ball rolling quickly entering his third season as head coach. The Gophers got the...
October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers open Big Ten play against Hawkeyes

MINNEAPOLIS -- Big Ten play is finally here for Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kill's team opens conference play against one of its biggest rivals as the Iowa Hawkeyes come to TCF Bank Stadium for the Big Ten opener. Minnesota is off to a 4-0 start while Iowa suffered a loss to Northern Illinois and went 3-1 in non-conference play. A pig is at stake when these rivals...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Leidner leads Minnesota to 43-24 win over SJSU

Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to lift Minnesota to a 43-24 victory over San Jose State on Saturday. Leidner was filling in for injured starter Philip Nelson, who was out with a bad hamstring. He also passed for 71 yards as the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0. Gophers coach Jerry Kill returned to the sideline a week after missing the second half...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Backup QB Mitch Leidner proves his worth in Gophers win

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers played the second half without head coach Jerry Kill on the sidelines. They also played most of the game without their starting quarterback on the field. Sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson left Saturday's game early in the second quarter with a right hamstring injury and did not return. With Nelson dinged up, redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner stepped...
Via Fox Sports North
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Quarterback Leidner maturing for Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS The University of Minnesota football team's recruiting class last year consisted of two of the state's top prep quarterbacks. One saw the field and wound up as the starter for more than half the season. The other took a redshirt year, spending his days as the quarterback on the scout team. The former, of course, is Philip Nelson, who started seven games for...
Via Fox Sports North
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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