Coaches go to great measures trying to build team camaraderie. Second-year Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill recently approved a fun and enjoyable team building activity that could only make the team grow closer. The Gophers went paintballing Sunday. And goldengophergridiron’s YouTube page has a video from the event. See the full feature in this post.
We can only hope the Minnesota freshmen were paying attention when a couple of young Gopher fans recently led the team in the school’s fight song, Minnesota Rouser. Watch GoldenGopherGridiron‘s video of it in this post. The little guys nailed it. Nothing scared them – not the camera, not the circle of Gophers around them, not head coach Jerry Kill, on a knee, right next to them. Good stuff.
Athletes are notorious for being superstitious. Thanks to a YouTube video from GopherAthletics, we learned Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray is quite fond of his jersey number: No. 5. Like to the point that he considers the perfect glass of water to be one with five ice cubes. But truly, who knows if Gray is that particular, because the senior quarterback could have been trying to entertain while he was mic’d up for the fun Big Ten Media Days feature. Watch the full video in this post.
Put Minnesota’s Rodney Williams in a dunk contest against pretty much anyone, and he’s going to hold his own. What about 2011 NBA Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin? Who knows how the Minnesota junior would fair against arguably the best dunker, but BTN color commentator Eddie Johnson made this interesting comment about one of Williams’ two highlight-reel jams Saturday: “That had Blake Griffin written all over it.” You know what? It did — only Williams actually dunked it. Watch Williams’ ridiculous jam now and compare it to Griffin’s in this post. Also, watch Williams’ alley-oop Saturday in this post.
It came in a losing effort, but Minnesota high-flyer Rodney Williams struck again Tuesday night. The Gopher junior put back a Julian Welch missed 3-pointer in a way only Rodney Williams can in Minnesota’s 78-68 defeat against No. 6 Ohio State. The left-handed rebound-throwdown came in the final minute with Ohio State up 11 points, so it’s very possible Williams caught the Buckeyes thinking about everything but boxing out on a late trey.
“Chip Armelin is suddenly Steve Nash.” That’s what our resident Big Ten Geeks (@bigtengeeks) tweeted Saturday night following the Minnesota guard’s fancy pass to set up a transition bucket against Illinois. The pass was worthy of the high praise, too. Not only did Armelin fake a behind-the-back pass, he threw the ball right through D.J. Richardson’s arms, hitting Oto Osenieks for an easy bucket. Speaking of the Gophers, Rodney Williams had another huge dunk Saturday, much to the delight of BTN announcer Tom Hart. Watch Armelin’s pass now and Williams’ dunk in this post.
Minnesota’s Rodney Williams loves to show off his athleticism, and for good reason. The junior can jump out of the gym and is blessed with some of the best God-given abilities in the Big Ten. During Sunday afternoon’s game against Northwestern at The Barn, Williams displayed those skills on a few occasions, including a quick, powerful slam and an acrobatic and-one. Watch the latter now and the former in this post.
Minnesota’s Joe Coleman goes hard to the rim with a two-handed dunk against Penn State on Sunday, but he wasn’t the only Gopher slamming it home. Rodney Williams, who earlier this season pulled off a 360-degree dunk, added a two-handed dunk of his own against the Nittany Lions. Click down in this post to see it and see all of our “Did You See This?” videos in our archive.
As part of our continuing series of video gems from around the Big Ten Conference, here’s another from Minnesota. During Wednesday’s home loss against Iowa, Minnesota junior Julian Welch took the ball down the floor and drew a foul on his shot attempt. What happens next in this short clip illustrates just how tough camera operators have to be when they take a position under the hoop. Want to see and share more clips like this? Of course you do.
Give Rodney Williams an inch anywhere near the rim, and he’ll make you look silly. The Minnesota junior has springs in his shoes, something Iowa witnessed in the second half of Wednesday night’s game at Williams Arena. On this particular play, Williams turned a Julian Welch missed 3-pointer into a gem of a highlight. The Hawkeyes forgot to account for Williams on the glass, somehow, and he made them pay with a powerful putback of the errant shot. And Williams hung on the rim for style — and to avoid landing on Zach McCabe, we suppose. Watch the play now.
Saturday’s annual Wisconsin-Minnesota game was decided rather early – the Badgers won 42-13 – but there was plenty of late action worth watching on BTN. For example, Goldy the Gopher and Bucky the Badger did a little WWE stunt that delighted the crowd. Oh, and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball set the Big Ten record for touchdowns in a season. Watch the mascots get after it here and see Ball put his name atop the Big Ten record book in this post.
Luke Rasmussen’s baseball career at the University of Minnesota may be over, but the left-handed pitcher certainly went out on a high note. If you didn’t catch his hilarious lineup introductions during the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on BTN, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. Well, here’s the video of it. Pretty classic, huh? Clearly, Rasmussen has a bright future beyond the baseball diamond.