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Did You See This? Gophers go paintballing

[youtube 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. Good stuff. But I have to ask: Where’s all the paint?! I was kind of hoping to see at least one player who didn’t escape the fun clean. Oh, and those player cams were a really nice touch. h/t @BorlandUMFB Here are some

Young fans lead Gophers in Minnesota Rouser

[youtube 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. h/t @GopherGridiron

Did You See This? MarQueis Gray mic'd at media days

[youtube 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. Did you see our Big Ten Media Day coverage? Check out senior

Rodney Williams channels inner Blake Griffin

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. [youtube

Gophers' Williams slams home missed 3-pointer

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. Even if no one was on the court with Williams, this is a play that will make all the highlight shows. Watch the putback now and see

Armelin goes between legs, leads Gophers to win

  Chip Armelin had a career day in Minnesota’s 69-61 victory Sunday at Nebraska. The sophomore guard went for career highs in points (15) and field goals (7) and also tallied three assists, including the game’s best highlight. In transition during the second half, Armelin went through the legs with his right arm and delivered a perfect underhand pass with his left hand — all without the ball hitting the hardwood — setting up an easy bucket for Maverick Ahanmisi. Watch the highlight play now. Find more “Did You See This?’ videos, see other Minnesota’s Best videos, and subscribe to

Armelin gets fancy; Williams brings down house

“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. And take a look at how

Did You See This? Minnesota's Williams

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. And here’s Williams’ slam, as promised: Find more “Did You See This?’ videos, see other Minnesota’s Best videos, and subscribe to our free “Did You See This?” free RSS

Did You See This? Minnesota Dunks

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. And this wasn’t a dunk, but Williams shows his flexibility while taking it to the bucket. Find more “Did You See This?’ videos, see other Minnesota’s Best videos, and subscribe to

Did You See This? A Bumpy Landing

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.