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  02/05/21 - Jake PaulsonrJr/2022, Minnesota, 6-4, 270 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Gophers junior tight end Jake Paulson has decided not to return to the football program. Paulson played 27 games for Minnesota, totaling seven receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown. His 2019 and 2020 seasons were sidelined by multiple injuries, including a shoulder injury that kept him out of the Outback Bowl win. - Pioneer Press

(DS#999 TE) rJr/2022 TE Jake PaulsonMinnesota
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  02/03/21 - Matthew TrickettJr/2022, Minnesota, 6-0, 198 (DS#5 K) + More +

  Kent State kicker Matthew Trickett announced via social media on Monday that he has entered the transfer portal. Trickett has been a standout kicker for the Golden Flashes since joining the program in 2018 after earning All-Ohio honors at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School. He was a First Team All-Mid-American Conference selection as a freshman after hitting 14-of-17 field goals, then was chosen MAC Special Teams Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2019 after kicking a school-record 29 field goals - which tied for first in the nation. - Akron Beacon Journal

(DS#5 K) Jr/2022 K Matthew TrickettMinnesota
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  Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste accepted an invitation Friday to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala. St-Juste, who turned pro Dec. 20 after the Wisconsin loss, had one year of eligibility remaining at Minnesota. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Canadian's inclusion is more important this year, with the NFL's scouting combine not having in-person workouts this spring due to COVID-19. The lack of a combine will put more emphasis for aspiring pros - including junior receiver Rashod Bateman - to show out during pro days on college campus this spring. St-Juste is the 43rd Gopher to be invited to the combine, following Carter Coughlin and Kamal Martin last year. - Pioneer Press

(DS#23 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Benjamin St-JusteMinnesota
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  01/15/21 - Karter ShawrSo/2023, Minnesota, 6-3, 305 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  On Thursday, the Gophers football program made it a six-pack of incoming transfers over the last three weeks. The latest commitment is Utah State offensive lineman Karter Shaw. At 6-4 and 305 pounds, Shaw played under Minnesota's new coordinator Mike Sanford Jr. with the Aggies in the Mountain West Conference in 2019. In the transfer portal, he also reportedly entertain an offer from Rutgers. Shaw has three years of eligibility remaining and could provide immediate quality at guard to an already veteran offensive line coming back in 2021. - Pioneer Press

(DS#999 OG) rSo/2023 OG Karter ShawMinnesota
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  01/14/21 - Will MobleyrJr/2022, Minnesota, 5-08, 165 (DS#999 K) + More +

  The Gophers football team added graduate transfer kicker Will Mobley to the 2021 roster Tuesday. The Pennsylvania native walked on at Temple in 2017, redshirting that season. Through the next three years, he played in 29 games, making 26 of 35 field-goal attempts, his longest at 44 yards. He also averaged 52 yards per kickoff. Mobley, who announced his transfer on Twitter, will be a preferred walk-on. The Gophers have worked this offseason to improve depth at linebacker, defensive line and special teams. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#999 K) rJr/2022 K Will MobleyMinnesota
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  01/12/21 - Nyles PinckneyrSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-1, 300 (DS#35 DT) + More +

  The Gophers added a player with College Football Playoff experience to their 2021 roster Monday. Nyles Pinckney, a 6-1, 300-pound defensive tackle, announced his transfer to the Gophers from national powerhouse Clemson. The graduate transfer played four seasons for the Tigers after redshirting in 2016. A South Carolina native, he was an all-ACC third team member in 2019 before starting two of 12 games in 2020, totaling 29 tackles and two sacks. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#35 DT) rSr/2022 DT Nyles PinckneyMinnesota
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  01/12/21 - DVion HarrisrFr/2024, Minnesota, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Gophers redshirt freshman defensive tackle D'Vion Harris has entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound St. Louis, Mo., native played in one game during the 2020 season, making a tackle in the win over Purdue on Nov. 20 at TCF Bank Stadium. The three-star recruit redshirted in 2019. - Pioneer Press

(DS#999 OLB) rFr/2024 OLB DVion HarrisMinnesota
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  01/07/21 - Daniel SparksFr/2024, Minnesota, 6-5, 188 (DS#9 P) + More +

  The Gophers added a specialist to its 2021 roster, a walk-on transfer. Daniel Sparks finished his true freshman season at Louisiana-Monroe where he handled kickoffs and punts. His 33 kickoffs went an average of about 53 yards, while his 30 punts averaged about 45 yards, including five of more than 50 yards. His longest was 63 yards. The 6-6 Alabama native joins a Gophers team that has perennially struggled on special teams. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#9 P) Fr/2024 P Daniel SparksMinnesota
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  01/06/21 - Daniel SparksFr/2024, Minnesota, 6-5, 188 (DS#9 P) + More +

  The Gophers football program added transfer punter Daniel Sparks on Tuesday. As a freshman at Louisiana Monroe this fall, Sparks averaged 44.6 yards on 30 punts, landing five inside the 20-yard line and six going 50-plus yards. His average was second-best in the Sun Belt Conference last season. Sparks, who is 6-foot-6, also had 33 kickoffs, with six touchbacks. - Pioneer Press

(DS#9 P) Fr/2024 P Daniel SparksMinnesota
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  01/05/21 - Nyles PinckneyrSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-1, 300 (DS#35 DT) + More +

  A second Clemson defensive tackle has entered the transfer portal on Monday, and this time it's a former All-ACC performer. Tigers defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney is in the portal, according to a source. Pinckney, a senior, was named third-team All-ACC in 2019. He appeared in every game this past season, recording 22 tackles, including three tackles for loss. - The State

(DS#35 DT) rSr/2022 DT Nyles PinckneyMinnesota
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  12/29/20 - Mohamed IbrahimrJr/2022, Minnesota, 5-09, 210 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Gophers running back Mo Ibrahim's social-media message Monday followed his consistent theme: Put others first. The reigning Big Ten running back of the year said every yard gained and honor received wouldn't be possible without his teammates, coaches and staff at the U. Then he put his own rising NFL draft stock on the back burner. "I am looking forward to coming back and making more memories in 2021 - which also includes getting my degree," Ibrahim wrote. Next season will be Ibrahim's fifth at Minnesota; last year was his best yet. In 2020, Ibrahim rushed for 153 yards per game, which ranked third in the nation and set a school record. He had 201 carries for 1,076 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in only seven games. - Pioneer Press

(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Mohamed IbrahimMinnesota
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  12/26/20 - Dylan WrightrFr/2024, Minnesota, 6-4, 210 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  A wide receiver who once ranked as a top-70 national recruit transferred to the Gophers from Texas A&M on Wednesday. Dylan Wright announced his commitment to the Gophers on Twitter. The 6-4, 210-pound freshman still has four years of eligibility remaining. Wright was a consensus four-star recruit and an Under Armour All-America coming out of West Mesquite (Texas) High School in 2019. Ranked as the nation's No. 70 recruit and No. 12 receiver in the 247Sports composite index, he had offers from such schools as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State - and the Gophers. At Texas A&M, Wright played sparingly the past two seasons without catching a pass. He redshirted in 2019 after playing in four games and played four games this season on the fifth-ranked Aggies' kick return unit. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR Dylan WrightMinnesota
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  12/26/20 - Val MartinrSr/2022, Minnesota, 6-2, 288 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Val Martin, a defensive tackle from North Carolina State, announced he has committed to the Gophers as a graduate transfer. The 6-2, 297-pound Martin has one year of eligibility remaining and made 29 tackles over his career for NC State. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Val MartinMinnesota
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  The Gophers had their first announced player departure come within moments of the program opting out of a 2020 bowl game. Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste declared for the NFL Draft on Sunday morning, but fellow corner Coney Durr made a surprise decision to return for the 2021 college season. This means Minnesota will only lose one of its two starting cornerbacks going into next season. "Thank you Minnesota," St-Juste wrote in a message on Twitter.

"I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to represent The University of Minnesota," "Thank you Coach (P.J.) Fleck for giving me a chance to reach my dreams on and off the field. "Thank you to every single coach and staff member that pushed me to become a better player and man. Huge Thank you to the state of Minnesota and Gopher fans for the incredible memories. Last but not least, thank you to my teammates that I now call brothers for life!" At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, St-Juste had 14 tackles and three pass breakups in five games this season. He missed two with a case of COVID-19. The Montreal native, who transferred from Michigan, was all-Big Ten honorable mention for Minnesota in 2019 with 45 tackles and a tied for a team high with 10 pass breakups. - Pioneer Press


(DS#23 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Benjamin St-JusteMinnesota
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  12/21/20 - Coney DurrrSr/2022, Minnesota, 5-10, 200 (DS#52 CB) + More +

  Rashod Bateman opted out for the second time a couple weeks ago, making two Gophers declared for the upcoming draft. And there might be more to come. Gophers coach P.J. Fleck has said he expects "most" of the seniors to return with their extra year of eligibility from the pandemic. Cornerback Phil Howard and receiver Clay Geary are two that have stated their intention to return. There are 17 seniors in total this season. "While the NFL is my ultimate goal, I'm not ready to leave Minnesota just yet," Durr wrote on social media. "We have unfinished business." The redshirt senior has been an All-Big Ten honorable mention two years running. This season, he made 29 tackles, five pass-breakups and an interception in the end zone at Wisconsin. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

(DS#52 CB) rSr/2022 CB Coney DurrMinnesota
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