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11/11/18 - (RB) - Mohamed Ibrahim, rFr, 5-09, 205
Known for his catchphrases, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck had one for his defense that he repeated often in the week after firing defensive coordinator Robb Smith: sound, simple fast. The Gophers' maligned defense looked each part as it held Purdue to season-lows in yards and points for a 41-10 win against the Boilermakers in the cold and snow on Saturday. Quarterback Seth Green had a touchdown rushing and passing, and redshirt freshman Mohamed Ibrahim ran for 156 yards for Minnesota, which played its first game under interim defensive coordinator Joe Rossi. The Gophers entered the game allowing 43.2 points and 507.7 yards per game, but linebacker Blake Cashman forced a fumble and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown as Minnesota (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) held Purdue to 233 total yards and 0 of 12 on third down. - AP College Football


11/05/18 - (WR) - Rashod Bateman, Fr, 6-1, 200
NOV 5 BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota, Fr., WR, Tifton, Ga./Tift County,...Recorded a career-high 175 receiving yards while matching career highs with seven catches and two touchdown receptions at Illinois...Covered 61 and 86 yards on his touchdown catches, with the 86-yard score marking the longest for the Gophers since 2003...Set the school record for catches in a season by a freshman with 42, and moved within 77 yards and two touchdwns of those freshman receiving records at Minnesota...Claims his first Freshman of the Week award...Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Tanner Morgan (Oct. 29, 2018). - Big Ten Football


11/03/18 - (RB) - Shannon Brooks, rJr, 5-11, 215
RB Shannon Brooks will not face formal charges for allegedly assaulting his roommate last month. Brooks was arrested on Oct. 14 on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault but a lack of evidence led to the decision not to pursue charges against the senior. "After reviewing the evidence, the City Attorney's Office has declined to charge Mr. Brooks," a spokeswoman for the office emailed the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "There is insufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt." Brooks was expected to redshirt this season after suffering a knee injury during the preseason. However, he was medically cleared to make his season debut against Nebraska on Oct. 20.


10/29/18 - (QB) - Tanner Morgan, rFr, 6-2, 210
OCT 29 BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, Fr., QB, Union, Ky./Ryle,...Making his first career start, threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns while completing 70.8 percent of his passes (17 for 24) in Minnesota's victory over Indiana...Found fellow freshman Rashod Bateman for a 67-yard game-winning touchdown with 1:34 left in the game...Notched the fourth-most passing yards by a Minnesota freshman quarterback since 1980 and the most since Adam Weber had 352 passing yards against Wisconsin in 2007...Records his first Freshman of the Week award...Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Mohamed Ibrahim (Oct. 15, 2018). - Big Ten football


10/16/18 - (RB) - Shannon Brooks, rJr, 5-11, 215
Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks has returned to the team following his weekend arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault. Coach P.J. Fleck said Tuesday that the senior's playing status was "evolving." No charges had been filed as of Tuesday stemming from the alleged incident between Brooks and his male roommate. No injuries were reported. Brooks was jailed Sunday and released Monday. Fleck said Brooks has been medically cleared for game action for the first time this year following a knee injury he suffered during an offseason workout. Brooks can appear in up to four games and still maintain his final year of eligibility. The Gophers play Saturday at Nebraska. Running Mohamed Ibrahim won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award for his performance at Ohio State. - AP College Football


10/15/18 - (RB) - Mohamed Ibrahim, rFr, 5-09, 205
OCT 15 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota, Fr., RB, Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel...Rushed for 157 yards at Ohio State, the most rushing yards by a freshman running back against the Buckeyes since Penn State's Saquon Barkley in 2015...Scored the first two touchdowns of his career in the first half of the contest...Averaged 6.8 yards per carry against Ohio State and now has rushed for 415 yards on 71 carries this season...Records his first Freshman of the Week award...Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Shannon Brooks (Nov. 23, 2015). - Big Ten Football


09/24/18 - (K) - Emmitt Carpenter, rSr, 5-11, 200
SEPT 10 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota, Sr., K, Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon...Went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts against Fresno State, with both conversions coming from at least 50 yards...Connected from 50 and 53 yards to mark the second time in his career that he's recorded two field goals of 50 or more yards in the same contest and first since Nov. 5, 2016 against Purdue...Added an extra point to finish the game with 201 career points, making him the sixth Minnesota kicker to eclipse 200 career points...Earns his third career Special Teams Player of the Week award and first since 2016...Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Sept. 3, 2018). - Big Ten football


09/24/18 - (CB) - Antoine Winfield Jr., rSo, 5-10, 205
SEPT 10 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota, So., DB, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands...Recorded a game-clinching interception in the end zone with 2:10 left to play in Minnesota's victory over Fresno State...Notched his second career interception on the play, which was a trick play on first and goal from the four-yard line...Added five tackles in the contest, including four solo stops...Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor after being named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week last week...Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Jacob Huff (Sept. 18, 2017). - Big Ten football


09/24/18 - (CB) - Antoine Winfield Jr., rSo, 5-10, 205
Minnesota sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left foot in the first quarter of the Big Ten opener at Maryland. Coach P.J. Fleck said Sunday the Gophers were "heartbroken" for Winfield, who suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight year in the 42-13 loss Saturday. The Terrapins rushed for 315 yards in the game. Last season, Winfield played in only four games and was granted a medical redshirt after suffering a hamstring injury. Fleck said the team believes Winfield will meet the NCAA's waiver requirement for a sixth year of eligibility. If granted, Winfield would have three years left. Winfield had a punt return for a touchdown this season, plus an interception and a fumble recovery. - AP College Football


09/11/18 - (RB) - Rodney Smith, rSr, 5-11, 210
Minnesota running back Rodney Smith will miss the remainder of the season because of an injury to his left knee. Smith was hurt on the third play of the game on Saturday night against Fresno State, at the end of an 11-yard gain on a screen pass. Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said on Monday the team will request a medical redshirt and a sixth year of eligibility for 2019 for Smith, who is seventh in program history with 2,959 career rushing yards. Shannon Brooks, who has largely shared the ball-carrying load with Smith since they were freshmen in 2015, has already received a medical redshirt for a knee injury suffered during offseason training. Minnesota (2-0) hosts Miami of Ohio this weekend. - AP College Football


09/04/18 - (CB) - Antoine Winfield Jr., rSo, 5-10, 205
SEPT 3 BIG TEN CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota, So., DB, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands...Recorded a 76-yard punt return touchdown in a victory over New Mexico State...Broke five tackles on the return, which was the first punt return touchdown by a Gopher since 2013...Added five tackles in the contest...Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award...Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Rodney Smith (Nov. 13, 2017). - Big Ten Football


08/30/18 - (RB) - Rodney Smith, rSr, 5-11, 210
True freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Johnson in his debut, and Minnesota opened the season by overwhelming New Mexico State in a 48-10 victory on Thursday night. Antoine Winfield Jr. pitched in the first punt return for a score by the Gophers in five years, a 76-yard zigzag through an Aggies coverage unit that missed six tackles during the play. Winfield's was the third of four straight touchdowns for Minnesota in the second quarter. Backup wide receiver Seth Green scored twice on direct snaps inside the 10-yard line, a clever twist from offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca that punctuated a 522-yard performance by the Gophers.

Rodney Smith rushed 24 times for 153 yards, lightening the load on Annexstad in just the second time in major college football history that a true freshman walk-on quarterback started a season opener. According to Minnesota's research, Baker Mayfield was the only other one for Texas Tech in 2013. The last true freshman quarterback to start a season for the Gophers was Tim Salem in 1980. Adam Weber, the program's all-time leading passer, was a redshirt freshman when he took over the job in 2007. Annexstad completed 16 of 33 passes for 220 yards and no interceptions, before yielding to backup Tanner Morgan midway through the fourth quarter. - AP College Football

03/06/18 - (RB) - Shannon Brooks, rJr, 5-11, 215
Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks will redshirt the 2018 season with a lower-body injury that will require surgery. Coach P.J. Fleck said Tuesday, as the Gophers began spring practice, that Brooks will return to action as a fifth-year senior in 2019. He missed six games last season due to injuries, rushing for 369 yards on 79 attempts. Brooks has 20 total touchdowns in 28 career games. His absence leaves Rodney Smith as the only experienced ball carrier. With no quarterbacks on the roster who've thrown a pass in a game yet for the Gophers, Fleck said sophomores Vic Viramontes and Seth Green and freshmen Tanner Morgan and Zack Annexstad will get equal time early in the spring sessions. Viramontes, a junior college transfer, could have the inside track to be the starter. - AP College Football


12/16/17 - (RB) - Rodney Smith, rSr, 5-11, 210
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB Rodney Smith,...Smith rushed 229 times this season for 977 yards. He also added 17 receptions for 107 yards and returned 14 kicks for 363 yards, which included a 100-yard touchdown against Nebraska. His 1,447 all-purpose yards led the team and rank 16th in single-season school history. Through three seasons he ranks sixth in school history with 2,805 rushing yards. - Minnesota Football


12/16/17 - (ILB) - Thomas Barber, Jr, 6-0, 235
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): ILB Thomas Barber,...Barber led Minnesota with 115 tackles (ranked tied for 18th in the nation) and 76 solo stops (fifth in the nation). His 115 tackles were the most by a Gopher since Damien Wilson had 119 in 2014 and his 76 solo tackles were the most since Jack Brewer had 89 in 2001. - Minnesota Football


12/16/17 - (WR) - Tyler Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 200
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Tyler Johnson,...Johnson emerged as a playmaker this year and led the Gophers with 35 catches for 677 yards and seven touchdowns. Johnson missed the two final games of the season, but his 677 yards still rank fifth all-time for a Gopher sophomore, while his seven touchdowns rank second for a sophomore in school history. - Minnesota Football


12/16/17 - (OLB) - Carter Coughlin, Jr, 6-3, 245
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OLB Carter Coughlin,...Sophomore linebacker Thomas Barber was named All-Big Ten Third Team by the media and was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection by the coaches. Rush end Carter Coughlin and defensive tackle Steven Richardson were also recognized as All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. On special teams, kicker Emmit Carpenter and punter Ryan Santoso were named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Coughlin led Minnesota with 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, while also forcing one fumble. - Minnesota Football


12/16/17 - (DT) - Steven Richardson, Sr, 5-11, 295
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DT Steven Richardson,...Richardson, who was double-teamed on almost every snap, made 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble to end his Gopher career. - Minnesota Football


12/16/17 - (P) - Ryan Santoso, rSr, 6-5, 258
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): P Ryan Santoso,...Santoso averaged 43.0 yards (second best average in school history for a senior) on 66 punts this season. Twenty of his punts were fair caught and 17 0f them were placed inside the 20. - Minnesota Football


12/16/17 - (K) - Emmitt Carpenter, rSr, 5-11, 200
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): K Emmit Carpenter,...Carpenter, who last year became the first Gopher ever to be named the Big Ten's Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year, made 14-of-20 field goals this year and led Minnesota with 73 points. - Minnesota Football


11/13/17 - (RB) - Rodney Smith, rSr, 5-11, 210
NOV 13 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rodney Smith, Minnesota, Jr., RB, Atlanta, Ga./Pickens...Returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Nebraska to become the first Gopher to return the opening kick for a score since Tyrone Carter went 86 yards against Arkansas State in 1998...Finished the contest with 135 kickoff return yards on three attempts Added 134 rushing yards and 10 receiving yards to record a career-high 279 all-purpose yards, tying for seventh-most in school history...Receives his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award...Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Emmit Carpenter (Nov. 7, 2016). - Big Ten football


11/11/17 - (RB) - Rodney Smith, rSr, 5-11, 210
Minnesota rushed for 409 yards, led by quarterback Demry Croft and running backs Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary, in a 54-21 victory over Nebraska on Saturday in Minneapolis. Croft rushed 10 times for a career-high 183 yards with three touchdowns, while Smith added 134 yards on 24 carries. Smith started the game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. McCrary contributed 93 yards on 10 carries with three touchdowns for the Golden Gophers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten). Croft entered Saturday with 192 yards rushing in nine career games. He scored on a 73-yard run in the second quarter and ran to the Nebraska 1 on a 64-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.

Nebraska, which has lost four of its last five games, played the second half without starting quarterback Tanner Lee. He did not come out of the locker room after halftime because of an illness, according to team officials. Lee completed 13 of 18 passes for 174 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. His backup, Patrick O'Brien, completed 11 of 17 passes for 131 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Croft completed 9 of 15 passes for 105 yards without a touchdown or interception for Minnesota, which had lost five of its six previous games. The Cornhuskers (4-6, 3-4) mustered only 69 yards on the ground. - The Sports Xchange

10/09/17 - (SS) - Duke McGhee, rSr, 5-11, 197
S Duke McGhee sat out a second game due to a suspension, but he should return to the field against Michigan State. With the secondary depleted due to an influx of injuries, McGhee is vital player for the Gophers.


10/09/17 - (OG) - Antoine Winfield Jr., rJr, 6-5, 280
S Antoine Winfield Jr. missed the last game with a hamstring injury and remains out for Michigan State this week.


09/18/17 - (SS) - Jacob Huff, Sr, 5-10, 210
SEPT 18 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jacob Huff, Minnesota, Jr., DB, Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook...Scored his first career touchdown with a 67-yard interception return late in the first half of Minnesota's win against Middle Tennessee...Recorded four solo tackles, including one tackle for loss...Added a pass breakup as the Gophers held Middle Tennessee to three points, the fewest that the team has ever allowed at TCF Bank Stadium...Collects his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Blake Cashman (Nov. 21, 2016). - Big Ten football


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