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Julian Welch emerging post-injury

Gophers fans know that Julian Welch's play has improved significantly since returning from an ankle injury. But just how much has he improved? More than you think. The Star Tribune takes a closer look.
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Gophers fans know that Julian Welch's play has improved significantly since returning from an ankle injury. But just how much has he improved? More than you think. The Star Tribune takes a closer look.

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