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Gophers OL signee Conner Olson wants to be the next Tyler Moore

Monticello (Minn.) offensive lineman and new Gopher signee Conner Olson is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2016 class and he went in-depth with GopherDigest.com to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota.

GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at this summer?

CO: My current height is 6'5" and I'm weighing in at 289 lbs. The staff hasn't given me a specific weight to report in at yet. I've been told to just do what I've been doing and to come in at a healthy weight. 

GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

CO: My individual goal would include being on the traveling squad my first year. As far as team goals go, I want to win the conference. 

GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

CO: I want to work on my bend and explosivness. 

GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?

CO: Walking out of the tunnel into the stadium on game day.

GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

CO: It's the team I grew up cheering for and it's always been my team, and now, I actually get to be apart of it.

GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

CO: Iowa, because I hate them for the obvious reasons and they think they're good now, so it'd be nice to disprove them. 

GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

CO: I'm all set and ready to go.

GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

CO: I imagine myself being close to finishing up medical school. I would like to graduate in the top of my class and then go on to become an orthopedic surgeon. 

GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

CO: Coach Claeys is an incredibly intelligent coach from what I've seen and I cant wait to play for him. Coach Miller is also a guy that believes in doing it the hard way, whcih I feel really is the only right way. The whole staff just feel like guys you could play for and want to push yourself for. They all invested in me, so I have to give them all what I'm capable of.

GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

CO: The Health Career Center. There's only a few like it in the country and it's exactly what I, or any student, could ask for that's seeking to become a medical professional. I didn't know about it until my official visit and it sweetened the deal even more. 

GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

CO: Coach Miller said he's projecting me as an interior guy and that there may be some flexibility anywhere within that area. 

GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

CO: Coach Miller said he's a big fan of my ability to drive and keep driving after initial contact. He's said he's looking forward to utilizing that in the offense. 

GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

CO: Sam (Schlueter) and I talk quite a bit. I'm also in contact with Ko and Drew a decent amount. Otherwise, there's a group text and when we see each other at events. 

GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

CO: Tyler Moore. He's got some good drive and he was the guy I told myself I had to be like before I was offered if I wanted to be a Gopher. 

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