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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:21 pm    Post subject: Minnesota Golden Gophers Thread Reply with quote


Roster-
Duke Anyanwu 81 Tight End 250 6-4
Caleb Bak 64 Offensive Linesman 302 6-3
Cole Banham 31 Running Back 187 5-9
Alex Bisch 47 Tight End 250 6-6
Joe Bjorklund 73 Offensive Linesman 286 6-5
Brian Bobek 67 Offensive Linesman 302 6-2
Jeffrey Borchardt 22 Wide Receiver 196 6-0
Foster Bush 77 Offensive Linesman 304 6-5
Josh Campion 65 Offensive Linesman 317 6-5
Eric Carter 11 Wide Receiver 176 5-11
Jon Christenson 63 Offensive Linesman 298 6-4
David Cobb 27 Running Back 229 5-11
Michael Conway 19 Quarterback 216 6-5
Connor Cosgrove 14 Wide Receiver 175 6-0
Berkley Edwards 32 Running Back 185 5-9
Gaelin Elmore 87 Tight End 258 6-6
Derrick Engel 18 Wide Receiver 187 6-2
Zac Epping 52 Offensive Linesman 318 6-2
Chad Fahning 70 Offensive Linesman 286 6-6
Dexter Foreman 3 Wide Receiver 220 6-1
Issac Fruechte 14 Wide Receiver 204 6-3
Desmond Gant 13 Wide Receiver 206 6-3
Isaiah Gentry 84 Wide Receiver 193 6-4
Jerry Gibson 3 Tight End 223 6-3
James Gillum 21 Running Back 214 5-11
Drew Goodger 83 Tight End 269 6-5
Jamel Harbison 16 Wide Receiver 199 5-11
JoJuan Harper 42 Running Back 201 5-10
Nick Hart 45 Tight End 236 6-5
Tyler Hartmann 43 Fullback 255 6-3
Issac Hayes 68 Offensive Linesman 320 6-2
Ernie Heifort 75 Offensive Linesman 278 6-5
Mike Henry 30 Fullback 231 6-1
Ben Holcomb 89 Wide Receiver 200 6-4
Melvin Holland Jr 21 Wide Receiver 191 6-3
Logan Hutton 17 Wide Receiver 180 6-1
Donovahn Jones 4 Wide Receiver 200 6-3
Jeff Jones 16 Running Back 198 6-0
Victor Keise 84 Wide Receiver 188 6-1
Donnell Kirkwood 20 Running Back 206 5-10
Conner Krizancic 89 Wide Receiver 199 6-2
Ben Lauer 78 Offensive Linesman 315 6-7
Mitch Leidner 7 Quarterback 237 6-4
Matt Leidner 60 Offensive Linesman 277 6-2
Marek Lenkiewicz 74 Offensive Linesman 292 6-5
Brandon Lingen 86 Tight End 244 6-5
Aaron Marmer 80 Wide Receiver 213 6-3
KJ Maye 1 Wide Receiver 195 5-10
Connor Mayes 55 Offensive Linesman 306 6-5
Alex Mayes 76 Offensive Linesman 297 6-6
Luke McAvoy 66 Offensive Linesman 285 6-5
Kyle McAvoy 71 Offensive Linesman 308 6-5
Gabe Mezzenga 44 Tight End 245 6-4
Zach Mottla 62 Offensive Linesman 277 6-2
Philip Nelson 9 Quarterback 215 6-2
Sahr Ngekia 87 Tight End 236 6-4
Tommy Olson 58 Offensive Linesman 306 6-4
Ed Olson 58 Offensive Linesman 309 6-7
Josh Parks 37 Running Back 187 5-10
Josh Parkse 37 Running Back 195 5-10
Jacques Perra 18 Quarterback 210 6-3
Jonah Pirsig 79 Offensive Linesman 320 6-9
Lincoln Plsek 85 Tight End 269 6-4
Luke Rasmussen 53 Offensive Linesman 278 6-7
Conor Rhoda 15 Quarterback 212 6-2
Dimonic Roden-McKinzey 2 Quarterback 225 6-0
EJ Sardinha 23 Wide Receiver 191 6-1
Rodney Smith 24 Running Back 200 5-11
Brian Smith 26 Wide Receiver 216 6-4
Chris Streveler 5 Quarterback 219 6-2
Miles Thomas 41 Fullback 235 5-11
Louis Tuszynski 29 Wide Receiver 192 5-11
Jared Weyler 62 Offensive Linesman 294 6-4
Maxx Williams 88 Tight End 250 6-4
Rodrick Williams, Jr. 35 Running Back 247 5-11
Cameron Wilson 8 Wide Receiver 215 6-3
Drew Wolitarsky 82 Wide Receiver 236 6-3
Nate Wozniak 39 Tight End 265 6-10
Devon Wright 25 Wide Receiver 196 6-0
DEFENSE # POS. AGE W H COLLEGE
Davis Anderson 48 Defensive Back 186 6-1
Adekunle Ayinde 45 Defensive Back 198 6-0
Jeremy Baltazar 22 Defensive Back 197 6-0
Briean Boddy-Calhoun 29 Defensive Back 190 5-11
De'Vondre Campbell 26 Linebacker 238 6-5
Jonathan Celestin 13 Linebacker 239 6-1
Cedric Dicke 19 Linebacker 216 6-3
Ray Dixon 59 Linebacker 205 6-3
Aaron Hill 57 Linebacker 231 6-2
Craig James 22 Defensive Back 175 5-10
Cavonte Johnson 36 Defensive Back 199 5-11
Antonio Johnson 11 Defensive Back 209 6-0
Marcus Jones 15 Defensive Back, 173 5-8
Julien Kafo 91 Defensive End 225 6-4
De'Niro Laster 1 Linebacker 230 6-4
Grayson Levine 6 Defensive Back 210 5-11
Jack Lynn 50 Linebacker 238 6-3
James Manuel 9 Linebacker 225 6-2
Jephete Matilus 34 Linebacker 230 6-1
Daletavious McGhee 8 Defensive Back 208 6-1
John McKelvey 33 Defensive Back 207 6-0
Steven Montgomery 16 Defensive Back 206 5-10
Gary Moore 19 Defensive Back 300 6-4
Eric Murray 31 Defensive Back 195 6-0
Jalen Myrick 28 Defensive Back 209 5-10
Cody Poock 12 Linebacker 235 6-2
Nick Rallis 56 Linebacker 228 5-11
Steven Richardson 96 Defensive Tackle 291 6-0
Aaron Roundtree 37 Defensive Back 185 6-2
Dominic Schultz 35 Linebacker 231 6-1
Martez Shabazz 3 Defensive Back 172 5-11
Alexander Starks 40 Defensive Back 203 5-11
Andrew Stelter 99 Defensive End 245 6-4
Cedric Thompson 2 Defensive Back 208 6-0
Damarius Travis 7 Defensive Back 211 6-2
Derrick Wells 3 Defensive Back 201 6-0
Peter Westerhaus 18 Linebacker 230 6-3
Everett Williams 57 Linebacker 230 6-1
Damien Wilson 5 Linebacker 240 6-2
Chris Wipson 30 Linebacker 216 6-2
SPECIALISTS # POS. AGE W H COLLEGE
Emmit Carpenter 38 Kicker 196 6-0
Christian Eldred 94 Punter 189 6-3
Jake Filkins 48 Long Snapper 240 6-2
Kyle Fodness 24 Kicker 198 5-11
Andrew Harte 33 Kicker 189 6-0
Jared Hartman 40 Long Snapper 235 6-3
Chris Hawthorne 36 Kicker 200 6-6
Payton Jordahl 25 Long Snapper 214 6-2
Justin Juenenmann 42 Kicker 165 6-0
Logan McElfresh 34 Punter 200 6-1
Peter Mortell 37 Punter 192 6-2
Dan Orseske 41 Punter 205 6-3
Dave Ramlet 96 Long Snapper 235 6-2
Ryan Santoso 28 Kicker, Punter 260 6-5




Coaches
Jerry Kill - Head Coach
Tracy Claeys - Associate Head Coach
Matt Limegrover - Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Brian Anderson - Wide Receiver Coach
Jeff Phelps - Defensive Line
Pat Poore - Running Backs Coach
Rob Reeves - H-Backs/Tight Ends
Jay Sawvel - Defensive Backs/Special Teams
Mike Sherels - Linebacker Coach
Jim Zebrowski - Quarterbacks Coach / Passing Game Coordinator

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2016 Minnesota Gophers Prospect Commitments
Ordered By 247 Composite
Carter Coughlin, 4* LB, 6'4 200, Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie) [.909]
Sean Foster, 4* OT, 6'8 285, Mundelein, IL (Carmel Catholic) [.907]
Jovanny Garcia, 3* DT, 6'3 270, Saint Paul, MN (East Ridge) [.878]
Tony Poljan, 3* QB, 6'6 235, Lansing, MI (Lansing Catholic) [.848]
Sam Schlueter, 3* OL, 6'6 275, Mayer, MN (Lutheran) [.846]
Phillip Howard, 3* ATH, 5'11 175, Minneapolis, MN (Robbinsdale Cooper) [.843]
Matt Kegel, 3* OL, 6'5 300, Chaska, MN (Chaska) [.838]
Thomas Barber, 3* LB, 6'1 225, Minneapolis, MN (Robbinsdale Armstrong Senior) [.810]
Conner Olson, 3* OL, 6'5 275, Monticello, MN (Monticello Senior) [.803]


Mutual Interest
Ordered By 247 Composite
Jeremiah Moon, 4* LB, 6'4 200, Birmingham, AL (Hoover) [.926] WARM
Isaiah Simmons, 4* S, 6'3 205, Olathe, KS (Olathe North) [.902] COOL
Kyle Meyers, 3* CB, 6' 170, New Orleans, LA (Holy Cross) [.885] COOL
Aaron Mathews, 3* WR, 6'5 175, Clairton, PA (Clairton Hs) [.883] COOL
Isaiahh Loudermilk, 3* DE, 6'6 250, Howard, KS (West Elk) [.873] COOL
Albert Okwuegbunam, 3* TE, 6'5 225, Springfield, IL (Sacred Heart Griffin) [.870] WARMER
Mike Panasiuk, 3* DT, 6'3 285, Roselle, IL (Lake Park) [.864] WARM
Noah Burks, 3* LB, 6'3 220, Carmel, IN (Carmel) [.863] WARM
P.J. Hall, 3* CB, 5'11 175, Birmingham, AL (Hoover) [.860] COOL
Tony Butler, 3* CB, 6'2 195, Lakewood, OH (St. Edward) [.859] WARM
Tyler Johnson, 3* DB, 6'2 185, Minneapolis, MN (North Senior) [.857] WARM
DeAndre Huff, 3* WR, 6' 185, Covington, GA (Newton) [.833] COOL
Terrell Lucas, 3* DE, 6'3 220, Hollywood, FL (Miramar) [.833] COOL
Bailey Edwards, 3* WR, 6'2 180, Pinckney, MI (Chelsea) [.831] WARM
Simeon Smiley, 3* DB, 6'1 205, Pensacola, FL (Pensacola Catholic) [.823] WARMER
Walvenski Aime, UNR DT, 6'5 295, Fort Scott, KS (Mounds) [.000] WARM
Davion Curtis, UNR WR, 5'11 180, Temple, TX (Temple) [.000] COOL
Gary Overshown, UNR DE, 6'5 210, Mesquite, TX (Horn) [.000] WARM
Andre Polk, UNR LB, 6'3 190, Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers) [.000] WARM


Ratings Explained:
110 - 101 = Franchise Player. One of the best players to come along in years, if not decades. Odds of having a player in this category every year is slim. This prospect has "canít miss" talent.

100 - 98 = Five-star prospect. One of the top 30 players in the nation. This player has excellent pro-potential and should emerge as one of the best in the country before the end of his career.

97 - 90 = Four-star prospect. One of the top 300 players in the nation. This prospect will be an impact-player for his college team. He is an All-American candidate who displays pro-potential.

89 - 80 = Three-star prospect. One of the top 10% players in the nation. This player will develop into a reliable starter for his college team and is among the best players in his region of the country.

79 - below = Two-star prospect. This player makes up the bulk of Division I rosters. He may have little pro-potential, but is likely to become a role player for his respective school.

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Different year, same results. Undoubtedly a sour end to the season and nobody to blame but the Gophers. This was one of Kill's worst performances in terms of coaching, really tarnished the Gophers perception on national television. Minnesota has done a fine job developing under the radar talent but at some point they have to recruit better players. Minnesota biggest weaknesses are on the defensive line and at the QB spot, arguably the two most important positions in football. While Leidner didn't have a poor game, he doesn't have the "it" that will elevate the program, Minnesota will continue to waste time so long as he is on the field. Gophers aren't very good getting after the QB and are overall small on the defensive line. They need to find a good 3T to put next to Richardson.

Minnesota is very close but answers to their problems will be hard to come by. We have quite a few young bodies on the defensive line and they should get better with another offseason but they lack an x-factor on the line. QB will no doubt be the talk of the offseason and very well should be. Gophers will talk up Leidner the next few months but the truth is that they can't hand him the job like last season. If Gophers want to turn the corner their caught on, they have to get better QB play. Minnesota needs to give everyone a fair chance at the job, regardless of age or experience. It's very tough to improve as a program without an x-factor at the QB spot and Mitch Leidner is not that guy.
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Mitch is not the answer. Open competition is only fair.

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I feel very similar today as I did a little more than a year ago after losing to Syracuse. Let down, disappointed, like we took a step backwards. I think the Syracuse loss was worse, but today wasn't good. I still feel like we don't have a QB and we won't be very serious until we have one. I hope this is the end of the Leidner era. He wasn't horrible today, but UE left plays out there.
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MNPackfan32 wrote:
I feel very similar today as I did a little more than a year ago after losing to Syracuse. Let down, disappointed, like we took a step backwards. I think the Syracuse loss was worse, but today wasn't good. I still feel like we don't have a QB and we won't be very serious until we have one. I hope this is the end of the Leidner era. He wasn't horrible today, but UE left plays out there.


Well said. As I said I'm an FSU fan first and Minnesota fan second. Today was a very bad day for me. With FSU though I know they'll be back so I don't need to worry.

With Minnesota I felt like this was really their year to take that next step. I feel like the last 2 games the team regressed. The competition was better in those games but we still didn't do the things I know a lot of these guy are capable of doing.
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Real good day for the B1G perception, too bad Minnesota couldn't help out.
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TENINCH wrote:
MNPackfan32 wrote:
I feel very similar today as I did a little more than a year ago after losing to Syracuse. Let down, disappointed, like we took a step backwards. I think the Syracuse loss was worse, but today wasn't good. I still feel like we don't have a QB and we won't be very serious until we have one. I hope this is the end of the Leidner era. He wasn't horrible today, but UE left plays out there.


Well said. As I said I'm an FSU fan first and Minnesota fan second. Today was a very bad day for me. With FSU though I know they'll be back so I don't need to worry.

With Minnesota I felt like this was really their year to take that next step. I feel like the last 2 games the team regressed. The competition was better in those games but we still didn't do the things I know a lot of these guy are capable of doing.
Yeah, am a very casual fan, I enjoy college football in general, but I support the Gophers when they are playing.

But it feels like Minnesota has possibly hit a plateau. At the bottom of tier one or top of tier 2 in the B1G. If they want any shot of gaining ground they have to invest in some over the top facilities IMO.
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Demry Croft killing it in the OD game, just had a beautiful 60 yard pass. Started off at 6 of 7 for 110 yards. She be noted that Croft completed 70 percent of his passes this year. Kid is deadly accurate.
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There should definitely be an open qb competition next year. Only question is who is good enough to challenge Leidner? DRM? Croft? Perra? I know it cant be streveler cause he is just a faster more inaccurate Leidner.
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babybulaga wrote:
There should definitely be an open qb competition next year. Only question is who is good enough to challenge Leidner? DRM? Croft? Perra? I know it cant be streveler cause he is just a faster more inaccurate Leidner.


I hate to continue to speculate, but Ryan Burn's gave a clue as to who one of the 2014 transfers is. He said the player has been surpassed on the depth chart and doesn't feel he can comeback. The common belief is that it is McKinzy as the staff anointed Perra the #3 QB during the season. Burns said the other is Krizanic but he is still deciding.

That said, Perra will be the guy to watch throughout the offseason. He is clearly the best pure passer on the roster and the staff wanted to pull his RS this year to get him a few game reps but his family asked that they didn't. Many fans brush off Croft in year one but don't sleep on him. Demry is working hard at putting on weight before he gets on campus. If Croft is between 205-210 by the summer, he will compete for the job. Like I said, he is an incredibly accurate passer and would be our most dangerous runner at the position. It would come down to how fast he grasps the playbook and how his decision making translates to the B1G.
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Demry finished 12/15 for 230 yards, and 2TDs. Looking for highlights.
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Lil Uno wrote:
Demry finished 12/15 for 230 yards, and 2TDs. Looking for highlights.


News feature on Croft from the game.

https://twitter.com/scottleberwtvo/status/551240573219528704
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Demry is only 17 and his birthday is in August. Technically he could be a 2016 recruit. Impressive that physically he's basically a junior playing with seniors and balling.
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jshowers wrote:
Demry is only 17 and his birthday is in August. Technically he could be a 2016 recruit. Impressive that physically he's basically a junior playing with seniors and balling.


Kill sounding a bit nervous after his performance Laughing

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I asked Kill for his thoughts on recruiting heading into signing day, Feb 4, mentioning that a couple Minnesota commits have torn it up in recent All-Star Games. Running back Jonathan Femi-Cole was named the MVP of the NUC All-American Game in in South Carolina, with 23 carries for 137 yards. And quarterback Demry Croft completed 12 of 15 passes for more than 200 yards, with two touchdowns, in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Kill can't talk about specific recruits, but he gave a general answer:

"I think things are going pretty good. You know, some of those guys playing, I donít want them playing that good. That means theyíll get a lot more attention and with [new Michigan coach Jim] Harbaugh running around here late, thatís the whole thing. When these coaching jobs change, you never know whatís going to happen, so youíve got to stay on the kids youíve got committed, and then youíve just got to continue to recruit.


http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/287413181.html
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