2014 Spring Game: The 2014 Gopher Spring Game will be held on Saturday, April 12 at TCF Bank Stadium. The second annual alumni game will begin at 1 p.m. with the spring game scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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Briean Boddy-Calhoun was playing with a high level of confidence last season before he suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of the year. Instead of agonizing about his injury, the defensive back used his time away to heal physically and prepare himself for the upcoming season. He is participating in limited spring practice and will be ready to go in the fall? How long did he feel sorry for himself after learning about his injury? Not very. Read what else the Wilmington, Del., native had to say about his comeback..
Former Golden Gopher Mike Sherels was recently named linebackers coach. Gophersports.com recently caught up with Coach Sherels during spring football.
GopherSports: Mike, congratulations on the promotion. How does it feel to be the linebacker coach at Minnesota?
Mike Sherels: It’s a dream come true. Ever since I was a freshman or sophomore here I knew I wanted to coach. I have always had a great passion for the University of Minnesota and have fought hard to help return us to where I think we should be. To be in this position now is truly a blessing.
Minnesota lost some bulk in the middle of its defensive line with the graduation of starter Ra'Shede Hageman and reserve Roland Johnson. We talked with defensive line coach Jeff Phelps to see what the team's plan is moving forward with the defense line.
GopherSports: A common question since the end of last season is how are the Gophers going to replace Ra'Shede Hageman? Before we get to that, tell us what Minnesota is losing with Hageman's graduation.
Jeff Phelps: You are losing a great player and a physical presence on the inside that commands double teams. He made offenses think differently about what they were going to do. You also are losing some senior leadership there, a person who got the group going and got everyone hyped up for practices and games.
Minnesota begins spring practice today at 4 p.m. (free and open to the public) with a new voice. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner is ready to lead the Gophers as they begin (very) early preparations for the 2014 season. We caught up with the Lakeville, Minn., native to get his perspective as he enters his third spring practice at Minnesota.
GopherSports: Mitch, you are coming off a season where you saw extensive playing time and nearly led the Gophers to a comeback win in the Texas Bowl. What were your thoughts on the bowl game and how you played?
Mitch Leidner: Everyone was pretty made after the bowl game, but all it did for me was make me really hungry to come into the winter workouts, spring ball and next season. It’s exciting to see how many people we have coming back for next year. We have all those offensive lineman, running backs and receivers coming back and that makes it exciting to begin working with them today. I am really excited to get back out there. Going through all those workouts and captain’s practices get me excited to see how much everyone has improved. I cannot wait to get back out on the field with them.