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Gopher senior defensive back Brock Vereen has overcome adversity this year and looks to cap off his final year in winning fashion against the Syracuse Orangemen in the Texas Bowl

Traveling to Ann Arbor from a tough home loss to Iowa, many were wondering how the Gophers would respond. Things only got worse as Coach Kill was unable to coach or even attend the Michigan game after having another seizure. After the blowout loss verse Michigan, senior defensive back Brock Vereen summed up the game by saying, "It was frustrating. When you lose a game when you play your best, there is nothing to hang your head on, but that wasn't the case. There is frustration, but we got to go back and watch the film."

The Wolverines stomped the Golden Gophers 42-13 on that cold October day and left many questions. How would Minnesota respond? Would this be the beginning of a downfall? Could the Gophers find a way to even get to a bowl game?

Vereen did not worry and regathered the troops. He has switched positions with a battered secondary and made it work. He help lead this team along with the rest of the seniors to four straight Big Ten wins and put Minnesota in a position that no one remotely thought was even possible. The Gophers had a chance to possibly sneak in the Big Ten Championship game. While Minnesota faced two of the best in the conference in Big Ten Champions, Michigan State and Wisconsin, there was still a ton to be proud of.

Now, Vereen will try to help lead this team to a ninth win on the season and break a five bowl game losing streak. That opportunity will come on Friday, Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. CST and expect to be hearing the name Brock Vereen a lot that night.


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