Streveler "Going with the Flow"

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Since his arrival at Minnesota before spring semester, freshman Chris Streveler has drawn interest from the Gopher football community. Lauded as a talented dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school, it now looks like he might even have a three- or four-faceted game.
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Streveler will practice many roles during fall camp.
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Wearing a gold jersey like the rest of the quarterbacks in camp, Streveler has spent most of his time during practice with them. But he has also been catching some punts, and after practice on Saturday he worked at wide receiver. 

Wherever Streveler ends up playing during the season, enrolling early and going through spring practice has helped him to learn the system and put on weight. He weighs about 220 pounds now after coming in at 205, and said he wants to continue gaining muscle as long as it doesn't slow him down.

"I've always taken pride in being a pretty good runner, but also trying to improve on my throwing game is obviously something I need to do," Streveler said.

Head coach Jerry Kill does not yet know at which position Streveler will get the most reps. That will depend on a lot of other personnel, including Streveler's fellow freshman Donovahn Jones. Jones, another quarterback/receiver/returner, did not get the head start of spring practice, but Kill has been pleased with his progress.

"You can't really find out about those guys until about three or four weeks," Kill said.

Streveler does not have a time table for when he might spend more time with the wide receivers. Right now he said he is just "going with the flow" wherever the coaches want or need him to be.

"Whatever helps the team I'm willing to do."

#25 Days Until Gopher Football

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Go Gophers! Dozier Lohmiller
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With 25 days left until Minnesota's season opener against UNLV, today's countdown post is brought to you by former Gophers Chip Lohmiller and Ukee Dozier.

Lohmiller kicked for the Gophers from 1984-87. His field goal percentage of .760 is a school record, and he holds the second-best scoring total in school history after Dan Nystrom (No. 25 in the countdown) broke his record. Lohmiller, an All-Big Ten selection, made 97 extra points and 57 field goals for 268 points.

Go Gophers! Chip Lohmiller
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Lohmiller traded in his 25 for an 8 with the Redskins.
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Against No. 2 Michigan in 1986, Lohmiller made a game-winning field goal. The following week against Iowa, he booted a school-record 62-yard field goal. No one after him has come near that record, with Joel Monroe's 54-yarder in 2007 being the longest since.

The Washington Redskins selected Lohmiller in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He won a Super Bowl with Washington in 1991. Lohmiller played in the pros for nine seasons, with a career field goal percentage of .718. He is currently the head football coach at Pequot Lakes High School.

Like Lohmiller, Dozier was an All-Big Ten player. The cornerback wore No. 25 from 2000 to 2004, redshirting the 2000 season. He shares the school record for career pass breakups with 31.

Dozier piled up nearly half of those 31 during his stellar senior campaign. His Big Ten-leading 15 breakups in 2004 helped him earn all-conference recognition. Dozier added 46 tackles and a team-leading three interceptions.

After graduation, Dozier was signed by a few NFL teams as a free agent. He has more recently played for the Chippewa Valley Predators of the NEFL.

Bonus reading: Lohmiller and Dozier were profiled in game program stories during their senior seasons.

What They're Saying - Aug. 4

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Let's talk linebackers (

Practice No. 2 in photos (

AUDIO from Practice No. 2: Kill l Claeys l Murray l Hill l Botticelli l D. Wilson

You won't find QB Philip Nelson on Twitter (Shooter)

Nelson featured in hometown paper (Mankato Free Press)

Why does Donnell Kirkwood have such strong legs? Because at 11-years-old he pulled around a steel sled (Star Tribune)

Linebacker competition heating up (Pioneer Press)

Fall camp preview (WDAY)

Kill on LB Campbell "He doesn't mess around. He's focused. He's locked in and he's really done well." (1500 ESPN)

Claeys likes tall linebackers (Star Tribune)

Another Juco transfer looking to make an impact (FSN)

Kill not concerned about preseason predictions (Sid)

Practice in pictures (Pioneer Press)

Fall Camp: Let's Talk Linebackers

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Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said after the Gophers' second day of practice that linebacker is the key position to sort out during fall camp. He feels good about the depth on the line and in the secondary, so the linebacker slots currently have the most question marks.

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Hill is one of the Gophers' team leaders.
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One name that is sure to appear on the depth chart is Aaron Hill.  In his pre-camp press conference on Tuesday, head coach Jerry Kill called the redshirt senior "probably our strongest leader on the defensive side of the football." 

Hill has played in 34 career games, and started 11 of 13 last season. He recorded 74 tackles, two interceptions and a team-leading three forced fumbles as a junior. As a veteran of the program, Hill is well aware of parts of the Gophers' game that they would like to correct this season.

"I think the big thing for us is just alignment and assignment," he said. "We had a couple critical errors that cost us some big runs. But I think coming into this year, it's going to be all about alignment and assignment. ...If you're there, you have the best chance to be successful."

Veterans like Hill will be important in making those adjustments, but the Gophers also have a handful of new players who will be part of the solution. At middle linebacker, Kill said that junior college transfer Damien Wilson and redshirt freshman Jack Lynn are in a close battle for the starting spot.

At Jones County CC, Wilson played for former NFL player and coach, Ray Perkins, who played for Bear Bryant at Alabama. Besides the toughness instilled by Perkins, Wilson also had a few years to grow and gain experience before moving on to Minnesota, where he participated in practice this spring.

"Damien has a little bit of an edge in size," Claeys said. "The other is, those kids in junior college, they played against some pretty good athletes."

Lynn is one year behind Wilson, but his redshirt season helped him to learn the system and put on some weight. The position battle from spring will continue in fall camp.

Also of note, Kill said he has been impressed with sophomore linebacker De'Vondre Campbell, another junior college transfer.

Note: Sunday's practice is open to the public and begins at 10:25 a.m.

What They're Saying - Aug. 3

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Football season is here (

AUDIO: Kill l Nelson l Leidner

All eyes on the QBs (Star Tribune)

Day One of #YEAR3 in pictures (Star Tribune)

Gophers display more balance, more depth (FSN)

Kill: "We're looking more like a Big Ten team." (Pioneer Press)

Minnesota passes eye test on Day One (

#26 Days Until Gopher Football

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Go Gophers! 26 Mike Rallis
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One of the most recognizable Golden Gophers in recent memory, Mike Rallis, sported the No. 26 jersey between 2008 and 2012, missing one year due to injury. The linebacker's signature long hair often covered up that 26 until he had his head shaved last year as part of an effort to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation.
On the field, Rallis started in 48 games during his career, and he definitely had to fight for that spot. Walking on to the team as a freshman, he did not have a scholarship until he earned one during fall camp. The following year, Rallis broke his leg three games into the season but was back in the lineup for the 2010 season opener.

That year, Rallis led the team with three interceptions. He was third on the team in tackles in 2011 with 83, and second in 2012 with 80. As a senior, Rallis received the team's Neil Fredenburg Award for courage and love of the game.

Watch: Rallis' senior profile video from 2012 fall camp

Gophers Open Fall Camp

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The Golden Gopher football team opened season training camp with a Friday evening practice. Fans were welcome to come and watch, and many did on a beautiful day at the Gibson-Nagurski complex.

Head coach Jerry Kill and his players made it clear that they wanted to pick up right where they left off in the spring. Kill also emphasized the fact that every position is open for competition. All eyes were on the quarterbacks today, as sophomore Philip Nelson is working to retain the starting spot and redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner looks to earn some snaps this fall. Nelson and Leidner met with the media after practice.

#27 Days Until Gopher Football

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Go Gophers! 27 Kyle Theret
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Kyle Theret is one of the most recent Golden Gophers to wear No. 27. The native of Murrieta, Calif., played for Minnesota from 2007 to 2010. Despite his comparatively short stature, the 5-10 safety was never afraid to mix it up with bigger guys.

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Theret after the Gophers' first TCF Bank Stadium win
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Theret ranks sixth on the Gophers' all-time interceptions list. With 10 career picks, he ended his career just two behind the school record held by Sean Lumpkin and Jeff Wright. 

Theret led the team with three interceptions in both 2007 and 2009. Two of his 2009 interceptions came in the Insight Bowl, tying a Gopher bowl record. During that game, Theret also caught a 40-yard pass on a fake punt. 

In recognition of the way he practiced and played, Theret was awarded the team's Neil Fredenburg Award for courage and love of the game in 2008.

#28 Days Until Gopher Football

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Go Gophers! 29
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Third in our countdown and first in the record books is kicker Dan Nystrom. The wearer of No. 28 from 1999 to 2002 is the Gophers' all-time leading scorer. His 367-point career total is 99 points ahead of the next person on the list.

Nystrom's best known moment, immortalized in a Sports Illustrated photo, was when he booted a game-winning field goal at Penn State in 1999. The freshman kicker secured a 24-23 Gopher upset victory with a 32-yarder as time expired.

Nystrom led the team in scoring each of his four years in the Maroon and Gold. He scored a career-best 109 points as a sophomore, when he made the All-Big Ten Second Team. He holds Minnesota records for field goals in a bowl game (5 in the 2002 Music City Bowl) and career bowl game field goals (8). His 367 points, 71 field goals and 154 extra points were all Big Ten records at the time.

Bonus reading: Check out this 2002 game program feature to find out how Nystrom proposed to his wife.

#29 Days Until Gopher Football

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Go Gophers! 29 Amir Pinnix
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Amir Pinnix spent the first few years of his University of Minnesota football career overshadowed by future NFL running backs Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney. But when his turn in the spotlight finally came, he did not disappoint.

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Amir Pinnix
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Pinnix, who wore No. 29 from 2004 to 2007, is the most recent Golden Gopher to reach 1,000 yards rushing in a season. He piled up 1,272 yards on the ground in 2006, the eighth consecutive year Minnesota could boast a 1,000-yard rusher. His season total ranks eighth all-time in the school record books.

He ran for 10 touchdowns and passed the 100-yard mark in five different games in 2006, including a 179-yard performance against Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl. Pinnix ended his career with 2,439 total rushing yards, eighth-best in Gopher history.