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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Minnesota
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  05/06/22 - Brevyn Spann-FordrSr/2023, Minnesota, 6-7, 270 (DS#18 TE) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: TE Brevyn Spann-Ford, senior. The 6-foot-7 Spann-Ford took a step forward as a pass-catcher last season with 23 receptions for 296 yards and one touchdown. His blocking responsibilities undoubtedly will expand with the departure of sixth-year stalwart Ko Kieft. - AP College Football

(DS#18 TE) rSr/2023 TE Brevyn Spann-FordMinnesota
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  05/06/22 - Solomon BrownrJr/2024, Minnesota, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  The Gophers football program didn't suffer any significant departures before the NCAA transfer portal deadline last weekend. Minnesota had nickel back Sol Brown, punt returner/receiver Brock Annexstad, receiver Jonathan Mann, linebacker Ben Wileman and punter Daniel Sparks enter the portal before the NCAA cutoff. The most substantial player was Annexstad, its primary punt returner in 2021. The NCAA set Sunday as the deadline for players to leave their current school and still maintain eligibility at their new destination next season.

After spring ball ended with Saturday's game, Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck said: "Hopefully we keep everybody here." While that didn't pan out, Minnesota did avoid losing another impact player similar to when Mar'Keise "Bucky" Irving departed amid spring practices on April 8. The tailback from Illinois announced Sunday he will join the Oregon Ducks. Annexstad, a former walk-on from Norseland, Minn., was awarded a scholarship in 2018 and played in 21 games. He had nine returns for 71 yards last season. His brother, quarterback Zack Annexstad, transferred from Minnesota to Illinois State after the 2021 season. - Pioneer Press


(DS#999 CB) rJr/2024 CB Solomon BrownMinnesota
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  05/05/22 - Austin BookerrFr/2026, Minnesota, 6-5, 240 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  With Boye Made and Esezi Otomewo taken in the NFL draft this weekend, the U's current defensive end Austin Booker showed the cupboard isn't bare. The second-year player from Greenwood, Ind., had game-highs in sacks (2) and tackles (7). "He is definitely going to do some big things," said linebacker Derik LeCaptain. - Pioneer Press

(DS#999 DE) rFr/2026 DE Austin BookerMinnesota
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  05/03/22 - Chris Autman-BellrSr/2023, Minnesota, 6-0, 215 (DS#35 WR) + More +

  When Chris Autman-Bell was injured in preseason camp last August, the loss of the Gophers' No. 1 target was a major blow to its passing game to start the season. The loss hurt further because the receiver was believed to be peaking going into his fifth collegiate season. "Chris Autman-Bell had the best training camp I've seen by a wide receiver since I've been coaching," coach P.J. Fleck said in March. "Then he got hurt, and he fought that through...the first few games, then he came back and got hurt on the first play of one of the games we lost (to Bowling Green). I'm looking forward to him having, hopefully, a very healthy season because he looks amazing." Autman-Bell didn't say in mid-April how long that ankle injury affected his play last year. He had career highs in receptions (36), yards (506) and touchdowns (six) in 11 games, but it wasn't the type of production expected out of WR1.

It was also a passing game-wide epidemic. "Last year was super frustrating," Autman-Bell said. "I stayed positive the whole time and had a smile on my face and kept pushing, because it's bigger than me." Autman-Bell said he's now fully back. "This is probably the best I've ever felt physically," he said. "...I feel awesome." - Pioneer Press


(DS#35 WR) rSr/2023 WR Chris Autman-BellMinnesota
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  05/03/22 - Beanie BishoprJr/2024, Minnesota, 5-10, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  The Gophers have been impressed with transfer cornerbacks Shannon "Beanie" Bishop (Western Kentucky) and Ryan Stapp (Abilene Christian) in spring ball. "Beanie jammed me up last practice," Autman-Bell said April 16. "I go against Ryan Stapp every day. Those guys are going to be ball players for the Gopher nation. I hope you guys understand and look into them more." Stapp's highlight Tuesday was an interception return for a touchdown. It came against backup quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis, after Kaliakmanis beat Stapp with a long touchdown pass to Dylan Wright. Stapp had close coverage, but the 6-foot-3 receiver caught the ball over his head. Teammates on either side of the ball went wild after each big play. - Pioneer Press

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2024 CB Beanie BishopMinnesota
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  04/30/22 - Tanner MorganrSr/2023, Minnesota, 6-2, 215 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  While Minnesota's Tanner Morgan is back for a fifth season as the starting quarterback, he'll have a different play-caller this year with the return of Kirk Ciarrocca as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after two years away from the program. Ciarrocca used spring practice to refamiliarize himself with Morgan's strengths and weaknesses, with the hopes of improving on a 2021 season in which Morgan had a 10-9 TD-to-interception ratio. "I tried to erase what I knew about him in 2019 and said, 'OK, I'm gonna start over again,' and just try to get a feel for what he does," Ciarrocca said. Ciarrocca likely will take a long look at backups Cole Kramer and Athan Kaliakmanis during the spring game. Kramer, a fourth-year junior, gives the Gophers a running threat, while Kaliakmanis, a redshirt freshman, has impressed with his passing touch. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#15 QB) rSr/2023 QB Tanner MorganMinnesota
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  04/30/22 - Chuck FiliagarSr/2023, Minnesota, 6-5, 330 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  On Minnesota's offensive line, Chuck Filiaga, formerly of Michigan, has slotted in well at right guard and impressed Coach J. P Fleckk with his approach. "You know what type of player they are when you watch the film, but you really just don't know the person that well," Fleck said. "And getting to know Chuck has been great because he's refreshing. He's a breath of fresh air. He's so excited to be here." Quinn Carroll, a former Edina standout, will join the Gophers this summer after he graduates from Notre Dame. He'll likely battle for the right tackle spot. On the defensive line, Vanderbilt transfer Lorenza Surgers and Darnell Jefferies of Clemson add experience to a group that must reload. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2023 OG Chuck FiliagaMinnesota
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  02/28/22 - Ryan StapprJr/2024, Minnesota, 5-11, 175 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  2021 ALL-WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Ryan Stapp, R-So., Abilene Christian,...One of the best cover corners in the league, Stapp picked up 23 tackles to go with 4.5 tackles for a loss this season. Back in late September, the College Station native put ACU up 28-0 against Lamar with a 25-yard pick-six, becoming the fourth of eight Wildcats to find paydirt on the afternoon. - Abilene Christian Football

(DS#999 FS) rJr/2024 FS Ryan StappMinnesota
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  02/28/22 - Beanie BishoprJr/2024, Minnesota, 5-10, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): KR: Beanie Bishop, RS So., WKU,...Bishop became only the second Hilltopper defensive back (safety Branden Leston in 2016) to earn First Team distinction since the program moved to C-USA. The Louisville native recorded 41 tackles – including 6.5 tackles for loss – along with three interceptions, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. He was voted the league's Defensive Player of the Week after his two-interception game vs. Middle Tennessee; in which one of his picks was returned for a 43-yard touchdown. Two weeks later vs. Florida Atlantic, Bishop had a career-high three tackles for loss, his third interception of the year and a pass breakup. The redshirt sophomore also earned a spot on the Honorable Mention list as a kick returner, with 25 returns for 609 yards overall this season. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2024 CB Beanie BishopMinnesota
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  12/30/22 - Sam SchlueterrSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-6, 309 (DS#41 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Sam Schlueter,...Minnesota's line enabled the Gophers to rush for 2,575 yards (most since 2014; 2,801 yards) and 25 scores (most since 2016; 34 scores), a feat made even more impressive considering Minnesota used five different lead tailbacks this year. - Minnesota Football

(DS#41 OG) rSr/2022 OG Sam SchlueterMinnesota
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  12/30/22 - Conner OlsonrSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-4, 310 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): OG Conner Olson, Minnesota,...Center John Michael Schmitz was named All-Big Ten Second Team by the coaches and Third Team by the media. Conner Olson was slotted on the Third Team by the coaches and was an Honorable Mention selection by the media, while Sam Schlueter was named Honorable Mention by both the coaches and media. - Minnesota Football

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Conner OlsonMinnesota
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  12/30/22 - Blaise AndriesrSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-6, 311 (DS#14 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): OG Blaise Andries, Minnesota,...Minnesota's line enabled the Gophers to rush for 2,575 yards (most since 2014; 2,801 yards) and 25 scores (most since 2016; 34 scores), a feat made even more impressive considering Minnesota used five different lead tailbacks this year. - Minnesota Football

(DS#14 OG) rSr/2022 OG Blaise AndriesMinnesota
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  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Mariano Sori-Marin,...Minnesota's top two leading tacklers - Jack Gibbens and Mariano Sori-Marin - were both named Honorable Mention. Sori-Marin was tabbed Honorable Mention by both the coaches and the media, while Gibbens received recognition from the media. Gibbens led the Gophers with 86 tackles and Sori-Marin was second with 82. - Minnesota Football

(DS#46 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Mariano Sori-MarinMinnesota
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  12/30/22 - Ko KieftrSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-4, 259 (DS#56 TE) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Ko Kieft,...Minnesota's bruising tight end Ko Kieft was named Honorable Mention by both the coaches and media. Kieft helped the offensive line pave the way for five different Gopher running backs to record 100-yard games this year, and he also caught seven passes for 101 yards and one score. - Minnesota Football

(DS#56 TE) rSr/2022 TE Ko KieftMinnesota
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  12/30/22 - Esezi OtomeworSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-5, 280 (DS#38 DE) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Esezi Otomewo,...Otomewo was named Honorable Mention by both the coaches and the media. He finished the year with 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. - Minnesota Football

(DS#38 DE) rSr/2022 DE Esezi OtomewoMinnesota
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