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Gray could play against Wildcats

The Gophers have a big homecoming game against Northwestern on Saturday and quarterback MarQueis Gray might be able to play. If the game started today, his high ankle sprain probably wouldn't allow him to play, but Jerry Kill is "cautiously optimistic" that he'll be ready for some situations.
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