first_imgThe key to Gophers‘ success, Tanner Morgan stepping up as leaderMorgan called a team meeting last January to rally the team.Jasmin KempQuarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Gophers defeated Illinois 40 to 17 to bring their record to 5-0. John MillerNovember 30, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter winning their 10th game of the year, the Gophers football team is having their best regular season since 1904. After last week’s win against Northwestern, star wide receiver sophomore Rashod Bateman told us what started it all.In P.J. Fleck’s second year as head coach, the Gophers showed improvement, going 7-6 and winning three of their last four games of the season which was capped off by a 34-10 rout of Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl. When the season was over back in January, quarterback Tanner Morgan led a players-only meeting to discuss how special the team could be in the upcoming season, Bateman said. Last year as a redshirt freshman, Morgan was a key to the Gophers’ success down the stretch, developing a rapport with wide receivers Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman. His opportunity came because then-true freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad got hurt in the first half against Nebraska on Oct. 20. Morgan finished the year with 1,401 yards passing, nine touchdown passes and six interceptions. Despite the Morgan’s success, his job wasn’t safe heading into his redshirt sophomore season. He had to win the it back in the offseason and was once again given the position after an Annexstad injury. Despite not being guaranteed the job, Morgan took on a leadership role immediately following the season.“Just what our standard as team was, how we were going to attack it and get better each day,” Morgan said about the topic of the meeting. “The standard is the standard and it’s not going anywhere, but it has to be led by the players. We talked about being a player-led team … it has to be embodied by the players. We really had to go back and make sure the standard was set from our players and that we were all on the same page moving forward heading into the offseason.”Morgan credits the leadership of defensive seniors Thomas Barber, Carter Coughlin and Winston DeLattiboudere for helping him get the message across and providing guidance to the team, setting them up on the path to success that they built off of last year. “Let’s make sure we were capitalizing off the time [we] had together as players,” said Morgan of the meeting. “Not that we were wasting anybody’s time but to make sure that the message was clear.” There’s no doubting the growth that Morgan has shown in his game since last year — he has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country. But his development as a leader has also grown.  “It’s a lot different, a lot more confident,” Morgan said on the difference between leading the offense this time last year and now. “It just goes back to [offensive coordinator Kirk] Ciarrocca really just helping me out and helping me take that next right step as a player, coach Fleck with leadership stuff.”From being a labeled a game manager last year to completely tearing apart that label with his play this year, Morgan has received high praise from his teammates and coaches. “There’s not a guy that comes in more energetic, passionate, excited about the opportunity to grow,” Fleck said. “Whether he failed or whether he succeeded, there’s not a guy that comes in more excited about that. When that’s your leader, that’s the quarterback, it goes back to when your best players are your hardest workers. That’s infectious, that spreads to everybody. That’s what Tanner has been able to provide for our team. Now everybody is catching on to that. That’s infectious.”Morgan has parlayed that hard work ethic and positive attitude into success, as he’s having the best season a quarterback has ever had at Minnesota. Morgan surpassed Adam Weber for the single-season touchdown mark of 24 last Saturday. He currently sits with 26 touchdown passes on the season with at least one more regular season game to go. Not to mention that Morgan will have plenty of opportunities to break his own record with two seasons of eligibility remaining after this year.Morgan’s continued success is one of the biggest reasons the team is able to control their destiny with a chance at the Big Ten West title, Big Ten Championship and a possible berth to the College Football Playoff.“It’s something you dream about as a kid, if you think about it,” Morgan said. “You want to play in big-time games. I think all good competitors do. Everybody wants to play in games that carry weight and this game obviously does and we’re extremely blessed to be able to be put in this situation. I love our team and our coaching staff and we’re just going to prepare the best we can this week to go 1-0 in the Wisconsin championship season.”last_img read more

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first_imgLarge law firms struggling with cash flow problems will find it easier to obtain an extension on their tax deadline following a change in the rules adopted by HM Revenue & Customs. The new policy will extend the revenue’s Business Payments Support Service (BPSS) to large partnerships, which had previously been overlooked. Before the rule change, each partner at a law firm seeking to delay its tax payment was obliged to negotiate individually with the Revenue. However, a firm may now nominate one individual – probably a finance director or tax adviser – to act on its behalf. The firm can arrange a joint time-to-pay agreement through the BPSS if it can demonstrate that the partners will be able to pay their tax liability in full in the next 12 months. The new rules will apply irrespective of the aggregate size of partners’ liabilities. However, an application on behalf of a large partnership with more than £1m of tax owed will be dealt with by senior customs officers. Such firms should expect to be asked to provide detailed financial forecasts. The development will be welcomed by many large practices experiencing difficulty in meeting tax bills. A recent survey of 120 law firms by accountants Smith & Williamson showed that 40% found managing cash flow to be an issue. Richard Mannion (pictured), national tax director at Smith & Williamson, said: ‘This development is a major breakthrough for any sizeable practice which might be feeling pressure on cash flow in the current climate. ‘Inevitably, problems and inconsistencies occurred when there were, say, 50, 100 or more partners, typically spread over different offices, each trying to draw up their own arrangement with the local tax inspector. The old system just didn’t work.’The BPSS was introduced in 2008 to help firms experiencing financial difficulties because of the economic climate, by providing a fast-track response for time-to-pay applications.last_img read more

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first_imgThe University of Minnesota men’s hockey team opened their first weekend series of 2020 with a loss on the road to Michigan State University on Friday.The Spartans nearly earned a shutout against the Gophers. They netted three goals in the first period and added one more in the second. Minnesota did light the lamp in the third to prevent the shutout but lost 4-1.Freshman Jackson LaCombe earned his first career goal and scored the only goal of the game for the U of M. 360p 1080p HD 1/1 Auto (360p) 720p HDcenter_img Jack LaFontaine made six saves and allowed three goals before being pulled out of the net. Jared Moe made 14 saves and allowed just one more goal.The Gophers fall to 7-10-4 and 2-5-4-3 Big Ten. They will play game two against the Spartans on Saturday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. About Connatix V56490 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56490last_img read more

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