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MINNEAPOLIS -- With a new position coach, a couple of junior-college transfers in the starting lineup and another as a key backup, Minnesotas offensive line has undergone a significant change in identity.The primary focus, buoyed by an intense offseason of work in the weight room, for the Gophers in 2016 was to present more of a punishing group of blockers to help restore the power in the running game. Road graders was the way coach Tracy Claeys colorfully described the style of players desired up front.Their performance in the opener was a promising start. Quarterback Mitch Leidner wasnt sacked in the game, and the Gophers rushed for touchdowns on all four trips inside the 20-yard line.There were Oregon State players falling over the place, Leidner said, so it was good to see the o-line knocking people on the ground.Senior right tackle Jonah Pirsig led the way with the pancake blocks. He was even singled out by the coaches during the film review of the 30-23 victory.Its always fun to be shown for doing good things. Its never fun to be shown doing bad things, Pirsig said. So I think some of the other guys kind of saw that, and they want to be that guy too. So hopefully theyll have a clip from all five of us on the offensive line this coming week.Theres more motivation, too, in the form of a cup-shaped trophy new offensive line coach Bart Miller has initiated for the player collecting the most knockdowns. At the end of the season, hell get his name on it.Its sitting down in our meeting room right now, Pirsig said. It kind of keeps guys hungry.After an overall uneven performance against Oregon State, Minnesota will have eight days between games before hosting Indiana State on Saturday.We have to come out right away and step on the gas. Facing an FCS opponent, we have to prepare the same way we would for a Big Ten school. I think in the past some of those teams havent been taken as seriously as they should, Pirsig said. We have to treat it just the way we would Ohio State or Michigan, so that we dont end up like some of the teams that got upset in week one. Its going to feel good regardless, but its going to feel a lot better if we beat them by 60.Here are some key angles to know about the game:THE VISITORSIndiana State, best known for the basketball program that produced NBA star and Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird from the 1979 NCAA runner-up team, made the FCS playoffs in 2014 out of the super-competitive Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores, who finished 5-6 last year, beat Butler 41-25 in their season opener.ONE LEVEL UPIndiana State beat an FBS opponent as recently as 2014, rival Ball State, but the all-time record against teams currently in the Big Ten is 0-15. That includes losses at Minnesota in 1989 and 1993.ONE LEVEL DOWNThe last loss by the Gophers an FCS team was in 2011 to North Dakota State, but the opportunities for humiliation at home have dwindled with the decision by conference athletic directors to stop scheduling FCS foes to boost the leagues overall strength of schedule and bids for spots in the College Football Playoff. Minnesota previously put South Dakota State on the books for the 2019 season opener, but thats the only such game left.ROOKIE STARSFour true freshmen played for the Gophers last week. Defensive end Taiyon Devers had two sacks and two forced fumbles. Wide receiver Tyler Johnson, who went to Minneapolis North High School just five miles west of the university, caught three passes for 31 yards and provided a key block on Leidners first rushing score.Hes already made a ton of growth from our first throwing session in the summer, Leidner said. 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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have added depth at catcher for the stretch run by re-acquiring veteran switch-hitter Dioner Navarro from the Chicago White Sox.The Blue Jays sent minor league left-hander Colton Turner to Chicago in Fridays waiver deal. Navarro is likely to be the backup in Toronto behind Russell Martin.Navarro was texting with a Toronto player when White Sox general manager Rick Hahn interrupted to tell him of the trade.The player was asking him if he had heard anything about them possibly going after him again. When I was explaining to him he had been traded he started typing in, Yeah, I just heard something, Hahn said.Navarro, 32, spent two seasons with the Blue Jays before signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the White Sox as a free agent in December. He has struggled this season, hitting .210 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 85 games.Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Navarro was excited by the opportunity to reunite with his former team.I could see the smile through the phone, Atkins said. This should be a boost of energy for him, coming into a contender.Toronto entered play Friday tied with Boston atop the American League EEast.ddddddddddddAtkins said Torontos coaching staff was also pleased to hear Navarro was returning.They were extremely excited about, not just what he means as a catcher, but just an overall teammate, he said.Navarro is expected to join the Blue Jays in Baltimore on Monday, Atkins said. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who typically works with catcher Josh Thole, is set to start against Minnesota on Sunday.Atkins said the Blue Jays continue to explore further moves.At this point, you have to be really aggressive to get something done, he said. 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