Another player to watch in the Eden
Prairie versus Cretin-Derham Hall game is the Raiders’ sophomore right
offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson who is already 6-7, 300.
KARE TV sportscaster Randy Shaver is an admirer and said by the time Henderson is a senior he could
be even more highly recruited than Floyd, a player sought by the who’s
who of college football.
The Vikings play the New York Giants, 7-3,
on Sunday at Giants Stadium. Vikings coach Brad Childress
expects the opponent and venue to challenge second year quarterback
Tarvaris Jackson, another test for the inconsistent 24-year-old.
“It’s significant to the standpoint it’s hostile, it’s noisy, and it’s a
very good pass rush (from the Giants),” Childress said. “It’s a team
that’s playing with a lot of confidence. So it will be good to evaluate
him. …And just watch him manage it (the game) and play and do the right
things with the football. … It’s the only test he’s got to pass this
Childress talking on Monday about running back
Adrian Peterson who missed last Sunday’s game because of a knee
injury and whether he will play against New York: “I would say it’s a
long shot right now to get back there (against the Giants) but we’ll
see. He’s surprised me before.”
The Vikings have the No. 1 rushing offense
and defense in the NFL, while the Giants rank No. 7 in both categories.
Gopher football coach Tim Brewster
said because the Big Ten Conference season ends earlier than other major
conferences, the teams in his league have more time to devote to
author of the book on former Gopher coach Murray Warmath, called
to report that recruiting expert Tom Lemming is praising Brewster
on CSTV and predicting better days for the Minnesota program.
The Gophers’ 2008 home schedule isn’t a
marketer’s dream. Northern Illinois, Montana State, Florida Atlantic,
Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan and Iowa play here in Minnesota’s last
season in the Metrodome before moving into the new TCF Bank Stadium in
Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman
often has reluctantly used under sized power forward
Jefferson, 6-10, 265, at center. When 34-year-old often injured
center Theo Ratliff is hurt, or resting on the bench, it
usually means minutes for Jefferson at center. “I don’t want him to be a
five (center),” Wittman said. “I don’t want him to bang with a five all
night long.” Wittman said Jefferson needs to be more physical
defensively when he plays center and sometimes to front the man he’s
Carter, a junior college star who will play for Tubby Smith and the
Gophers next season, will be in town with his Missouri State
University-West Plains teammates on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game at
Minneapolis Community College. Carter, a 6-8 forward, could be one of
the best junior college players in the country this season.
Former Minnesota Wild goalie
Fernandez, now with Boston, hasn’t been playing since last month
because of a knee injury. In four games he’s given up 16 goals.
of the Gophers is
the WCHA Rookie of the Week for her performance against
Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The freshman forward scored the Gophers’
third goal in a 3-0 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Sunday. She has
scored two goals in the last three games, has eight points in 12 games
and is tied for fourth in team scoring. The rookie of the week
award is determined by WCHA administrators.
The Minnesota Twins winter caravan
presented by Dodge will start January 14 and likely end on January 31,
according to Patrick Klinger, vice president of marketing. The
caravan is expected to stop in 60 communities and include current
and former Twins players.
Bethel head coach Steve
Johnson was chosen as the 2007 MIAC Coach of the Year
for a second consecutive season. He coached the Royals to the
conference championship with an 8-0 record. Selected as MIAC MVP was
Bethel quarterback Ben Wetzell.
He finished the year third in conference rushing (91.9
yards per game) and fifth in total offense (258.4 yards per game).
Conference coaches made the selections.