Gophers Celebrate Holidays In Houston

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Ra'Shede Hageman at Minnesota's Christmas Day practice.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Gophers celebrated the holiday with a quick, up-tempo practice at nearby St. Thomas High School this afternoon. After practice coach Kill, MarQueis Gray and numerous Gophers who hail from Texas did the media rounds and talked with reporters from the Houston Chronicle and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

After practice the players were treated to a Texas-style barbecue of burgers, polish sausage and hot dogs. The Minnesota staff, led by Athletics Director Norwood Teague, grilled up the snack for the players during practice on a state-of-the-art grill dubbed by the St. Thomas staff as the "Holy Smoker."

The players now have a few hours of personal time before gathering for a team dinner at the hotel. After the dinner the players will head to a local theater and take in a movie.

Bowl week really begins to ramp up tomorrow as the Minnesota band and spirit squad travel to Houston in the afternoon. The Gophers will also practice at St. Thomas tomorrow afternoon before participating against Texas Tech in the annual Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Rodeo Bowl.

The Rodeo Bowl is held outside of Houston at the George Ranch Historical Park and pits the two teams against one another in a series of events. The winner of the rodeo bowl has always gone on to win the actual bowl game as well.

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