Minnesota Vikings and Gophers News: Jay Med's Twin Cities Sports 1/3/10

Jesse L. Medford@JesseMedfordContributor IJanuary 3, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15: Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings congratulates teammate Percy Harvin #12 after Harvin made a 40 yard run in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions on November 15, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 27-10.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Percy Harvin just broke the Vikings record for rushing yards by a rookie wide receiver, with 145 yards.

Sidney Rice credits his improved work ethic, to training with Chris Carter and Larry Fitzgerald during the off season.

Brett Favre became the third quarterback in Minnesota Vikings history, with 4,000 passing yards in a season.  Daunte Culpepper and Warren Moon were the other two quarterback that have achieved that stat.

Former Minnesota resident Eli Manning, joined Kerry Collins and Phil Simms as the only New York Giants to ever throw for 4,000 yards in a year.

This is the first season that the NFL has had 10 quarterback reach 4,000 yards passing.

Bryant McKinnie invites fans to join him and an undisclosed teammate at a party in Minneapolis' Club Epic tonight.

Former Vikings and Saints wide receiver Jake Reed says, "Vikes all the way to the Super Bowl."

Minnesota Golden Gophers Nate Triplett and Simoni Lawrence have been invited to February's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Eric Decker of the Gophers football team was named to the Senior CLASS All-America Second Team for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. I personally voted for Decker a few times.

Derek Everett of Just Sports in Tempe Marketplace said that Just Sports sold Iowa State gear at a two to one clip, over Minnesota's gear. He found this surprising, "considering how many Minnesota people we have living here."

Former Gopher five-star recruit Alex Daniels, just completed his career with the Cincinnati Bearcats.  Daniels, a defensive tackle, was kicked off the squad by Tim Brewster, for his role in a sexual assault case. That left him homeless and living in his car.

Former Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly heard of about Daniels and made him an offer: Pay your own way at UC for a year, clear up your legal situation, earn a 2.5 GPA, then they will consider a scholarship.

Some coaches just know how to rehabilitate a kid. A reputation like that can help boost your career. Maybe Notre Dame saw that in Kelly.

In the Sugar Bowl, Daniels sacked Tim Tebow for his seventh sack of the season. He is projected as a mid-round draft choice. What looked like a kid with no future could just become a feel good story of 2010.

Chanse Creekmur, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Iowa, is committed to Santa Clara.  But Minnesota associate head coach Ron Jirsa has been watching Creekmur, who re-opened his recruitment.

Joe Coleman has also been offered a scholarship to Santa Clara. Word is that contrary to earlier reports, the Gophers haven't offered Coleman a scholarship.

Minnesota Golden Gopher's sophomore Jordan Schroeder is the first Minnesota hockey player to participate in three World Junior tournaments. Schroeder just passed Jeremy Roenick for the most career Team USA World Junior points.

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