Gopher FB Recruits Look Strong in Week 2

Several Minnesota recruits shined in their second game of the 2004 season this past weekend. The following is a look at some of the performances by Minnesota commitments or recruiting targets.

Marcel Jones threw for two touchdowns, but it was not enough as Simley fell to South St. Paul 46-14. Jones, who was the first player to commit to the Gophers this year, completed 13 of 32 passes for 158 yards. However, he had four interceptions.


Gopher verbal Jay Thomas of Oakdale (MN) Tartan threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Urule Igbavboa as the Titans fell to St. Thomas Academy 27-7. He had 15 carries for 64 yards and caught one pass for 9 yards in the loss.


Gopher commitment Eric Decker of Cold Springs (MN) Rocori caught nine passes for 115 yards for two touchdowns (25 and 18 yards) and had one rush for a 40-yard score in a 58-8 win over Sauk Rapids. The Spartans travel to Alexandria next week


Gopher commitment Nate Triplett of Delano (MN) High rushed for 163 yards and scored three first-half touchdowns as he led the Tigers to a 63-27 win over Dassel-Cokato.


Joey Hiben of Waconia was held to three carries for 8 yards as the Wildcats lost to Watertown-Mayer 10-7. Hiben, who is considering the Gophers along with favorite Notre Dame, had rushed 12 times for 133 yards.


Athletic Reggie Rock of St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall completed seven of 15 for 82 yards as the Raiders defeated Armstrong 42-22. Rock, who is getting looks from Florida, Florida State, Minnesota, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, had five rushes for 46 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown run.


Junior wide receiver Kimuel Royston, who attended the Gophers football camp, had five catches for 67 yards. He has eight catches for 129 yards this season and 13 tackles as a defensive back.


Zach Larsen of Northfield had 12 carries for 87 yards to lead the Raiders to a 41-0 over Shakopee. The Raiders have outscored their opponents 83-0 this season.


Chris Mensen of Solon (IA) High lead the Spartans to a 19-13 win over DeWitt Central in three overtimes. The Spartans ranked third in Class 2A and DeWitt entered Friday's game ranked sixth in Class 3A. Solon has beaten back-to-back Class AAA teams and is off to a 2-0 start despite losing 15 starters, including all-state running back Cody Kroul, from last year's team that finished runner-up in Class 2A. They have just 23 players, so Mensen plays both sides of the field as a tight end and defensive tackle.


Quinn Hendel, a 6-3, 215-pound running back from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata High, rushed for 140 yards and scored three first-half touchdowns as the Trojans, ranked #3 in the state, rolled to a 59-6 win over Robbinsdale Cooper. Hendel also played linebacker for the first time this season and had one tackle and an interception. He did not play in the second half as the Trojans cruised to the easy victory. He will visit Wisconsin and attend the Badgers' game versus Penn State on Sept. 25. Hendel was in attendance at the Gophers' win over Illinois State.


Junior quarterback Adam Weber of Arden Hills (MN) Mounds Views completed 11 of 23 passes for 213 yards in the Mustangs' 21-7 loss to Hastings. He threw for one touchdown and had one interception. He is the son of former Gophers player Bobby Webber and lead his team to a 39-0 victory over Duluth East in the opener, running in for touchdowns of 1 yard and 80 yards and also throwing for a 66-yard touchdown.


Gopher Illustrated Top Stories