Gopher FB,Womens Hockey & Basketball News 19 Sep 12

Golden Gopher football coach Jerry Kill says if injured quarterback MarQueis [[ mar-QWEES ]] Gray is healthy enough to play that he will likely be the backup quarterback this weekend against Syracuse. Gray is doubtful for this Saturday night’s encounter against the Orange. Gray has a high ankle sprain and will likely not practice this week. Kill says that means number-two signal-caller Max Shortell, who relieved Gray last week and played well, will be the starter this weekend. If Gray is not healthy enough to be the backup, then Kill says true freshman Phillip Nelson of Mankato becomes the number-two QB. Kickoff on Saturday night is 7 p.m.

Single Game Tickets On Sale Today

Single game tickets to University of Minnesota women’s basketball games go on sale this morning at 9 a.m. Golden Gopher fans can purchase single-game reserved chair back seating, reserved bench seating, and advance group sales. Minnesota opens the regular season on November 10th with the Best Buy Classic at Williams Arena. For information, go to the Gopher athletics webpage.

Gophers Ranked No. 1

The preseason USA Hockey Magazine women’s college hockey poll is out and the defending national champion University of Minnesota is a unanimous number-one. The Golden Gophers received all 19 first place votes in the survey and are followed by second-ranked Wisconsin, the team they beat in last year’s national title game. North Dakota is fifth and Minnesota-Duluth is seventh.