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Prescott's Filkins looks back and ahead

Prescott's Jake Filkins (foreground) sits and waits for his call for the punt team to take to the TCF Stadium field. As a punt-team long-snapper for the University of Minnesota football team, Filkins played in nine games last season, he's now back with the Golden Gopher wrestling team during the winter before spring football with new Gopher head coach Jerry Kill.

Constant change. Sudden change. Quick change.

It was all a University of Minnesota football player had to go through during the 2010 regular season.

Prescott's Jake Filkins was swept up in the cyclone of change which affected the Golden Gophers' gridiron program. There were changes in the coaching staff, changes in the way Gophers snapped the ball on punts, (affecting Filkins their long snapper) and changes in the team's fortunes as the Gophers wond their last two ballgames and walked away with the Floyd of Rosedale trophy for the first time since 2006.

As the weather clears, Filkins and the Gophers find themselves with a new coaching staff but the same hopes to be a success in what will be a new Big Ten conference come next fall.

Back and forth again

While the firing of former head coach Tim Brewster at mid-season didn't affect Filkins directly, he said he was sad to see Brewster go.

"He gave me my opportunity to play here and my scholarship and it's a shame it didn't work out for him," Filkins said. "It didn't affect my position directly because my special team's coach (John Butler) was still on the staff."

What did affect Filkins was a change in the Gophers' snap formations for punts. At the beginning of the season Filkins didn't have any blocking responsibilities, but the change in formation now required him to block for the return.

For more please read the Jan. 19 print version of the Herald.