New Claeys era in Gophers Football begins with spring work - Bring Me The News

New Claeys era in Gophers Football begins with spring work

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The temperatures may not be proof but spring is in the air at the University of Minnesota and no one is more excited for a fresh start than new football coach Tracy Claeys.

Claeys steps into his first collegiate head coaching job after succeeding retired Jerry Kill. Claeys accepted a three-year contract and is hitting the field with a Gopher fix-it list.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNSHCtudq_U

Claeys insists that energizing the Gophers stagnant offense is a priority. Minnesota ranked 105th in college football scoring in 2015 (22.5 points per game) and all eyes will be on senior quarterback Mitch Leidner. Leidner will be absent from spring drills while he heals from left foot ligament-repair surgery.

The new coach also shook up his coaching staff by firing longtime friend and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover. Claeys then added offensive coordinator Jay Johnson and offensive line coach Bart Miller. Minnesota will get 15-spring practices and in that time, Claeys is determined to lay a foundation that reshapes the Gophers into a far more physical team. A Gophers team that runs more instead of being pass-first and a team that is better condition so it can avoid injuries during the course of the season.

The Gophers will play their annual Spring game April 9th at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota will open the season at home against the Pac-12's Oregon State Beavers on Thursday September 1st.

Next Up

peterson fischbach

Elections 2020 preview: 7th Congressional District

Will Collin Peterson hang on for yet another term?

Zimmer and Hunter

Zimmer explains why he called Hunter's neck injury a 'tweak'

The coach also said Dalvin Cook should return from injury this week.

magazines

60 charged in magazine scam that netted $300M

It's being called the largest elder fraud scheme in the country.

Screen Shot 2020-10-28 at 10.30.23 AM

The Star Tribune is shutting down City Pages

The free newspaper was bought by the Star Tribune in 2015.

billy's on grand

Coronavirus: Billy's on Grand will close for winter

The restaurant is among a growing list of eateries to close for the winter months.

ambulance

1 dead in early Wednesday crash on Interstate 694

The 28-year-old driver was not wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol said.

enbridge line 3

Complaint argues that Line 3 pipeline replacement is no longer needed

Honor the Earth filed the petition with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday.

danny lee bettcher

Minnesota man who had 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Danny Lee Bettcher is considered the most prolific drunken driver in Minnesota history.

coronavirus Wisconsin

Health leader calls Wisconsin's COVID-19 situation a 'nightmare scenario'

Wisconsin is reporting record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Related