Assessing the Impact of Minnesota’s Cornerbacks in 2019

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Photo: University of Minnesota  by: Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) Consistent defensive back play is one of the most important aspects of success. In 2019, Minnesota’s secondary proved it could handle difficult challenges. The Gophers have built a depth chart headlined by players with unique physical profiles. Last season, their cornerbacks adequately handled man coverage situations and […] READ MORE


Q&A: Ben Wileman Talks Excitement to Join Gophers Program, Earn Role and More

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Ben Wileman, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior linebacker from Edgerton (WI) High, committed to Minnesota as preferred walk-on last December.   Gopher Hole: First of all, how are you doing during this pandemic situation?    Ben Wileman: I’m doing great. It is definitely a lot different. I think that I would be finishing school up this Wednesday, […] READ MORE


Indiana DE Austin Booker commits to the Gophers

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The Gophers have received a commitment from Greenwood, Indiana, defensive end Austin Booker. He chose Minnesota over offers from Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, Purdue, Arizona State and others. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound pass rusher is a three-star prospect, according to 24/7 Sports. Booker ranks No. 10 among Indiana recruits, per 24/7 Composite rankings. He posted 67 tackles (14 for […] READ MORE


Florida offensive tackle Austin Barber commits to the Gophers

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The Gophers have received a commitment from three-star Jacksonville, Florida, offensive tackle Austin Barber. He chose Minnesota over offers from Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Illinois, Ole Miss and others, according to 24/7 Sports rankings. Barber, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle, brings power, physicality and a big frame to the Gophers’ offensive line room. On film, he […] READ MORE


Four-star Chicago offensive tackle Cameron James commits to the Gophers

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The Gophers have received a commitment from Chicago offensive tackle Cameron James. He chose Minnesota over offers from Michigan State, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and others. The 6-foot-8, 280-pound offensive tackle is a four-star recruit, according to 24/7 Sports’ “Top 247” rankings. Within the composite rankings, he earned a three-star rating. James is an offensive tackle with […] READ MORE


Gophers receive a commitment from Turkish guard David Mutaf

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The Gophers have received a commitment from Turkish guard David Mutaf, according to Evan Daniels of 24/7 Sports. While playing four games with the Fenerbahce Ulker Junior Team, he averaged 22 points per game. Mutaf also showed off his deep range by converting 44 percent of his three-point attempts. He brings 6-foot-5 size and potential positional versatility to […] READ MORE


GopherHole Podcast: Carly Thibault-DuDonis joins the podcast!

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Just one week into her new role as Associate Head Coach for the Gophers Women’s Basketball team, Carly Thibault-DuDonis joins GopherHole’s Jared Hines to talk about recruiting, her family coaching tree and much more!  Enjoy!  Link to the podcast can be found here!  You can follow Jared on Twitter!   READ MORE


Analyzing the Gophers’ Explosive Passing Plays in 2019

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When an offense is balanced, it becomes difficult to defend.  Last season, the Gophers effectively utilized their personnel to create one of the nation’s most explosive passing attacks. Dynamic wide receivers and an efficient quarterback guided Minnesota in 2019. The explosiveness on the perimeter was complemented by a well-executed zone-blocking scheme. This meant opposing defenses […] READ MORE



Four-star Illinois running back Mar’Keise Irving commits to the Gophers

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The Gophers received a commitment from four-star Country Club Hills, Illinois running back Mar’Keise Irving. He chose Minnesota over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Purdue, South Carolina, Wisconsin and others. Irving is a four-star prospect with a 0.8949 composite rating, according to 24/7 Sports. With the addition of Irving, the Gophers have now landed three players […] READ MORE