Gopher recruiting targets shine in Week 3

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

Gopher verbal Jay Thomas of Oakdale (MN) Tartan scored six touchdowns, one on a 79-yard kickoff return and had touchdown runs between 41, 46, 74, 77 and 79 yards as the Titans defeated Richfield 41-29. Thomas had 363 yards on only 13 carries and 447 all-purpose yards.


Marcel Jones completed 15 of 30 passes for 176 yards, but failed to throw for a touchdown as Simley fell to 0-3 in losing to Mahtomedi 33-0. Jones, who was the first player to commit to the Gophers this year, has completed 52 of 115 passes for 670 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions. He is leading the team with 60 rushing yards.


Gopher commitment Eric Decker of Cold Springs (MN) Rocori caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and had two rushes for 20 yards as Rocori defeated Alexandria 22-14. He scored one touchdown and had one interception and five tackles as a free safety. Decker has 22 catches for 297 yards (13.5 yards per catch) and five receiving touchdowns.


Gopher commitment Nate Triplett of Delano (MN) High ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns as Delano downed Litchfield 35-14. Triplett has eight touchdowns in Delano's three victories.


Joey Hiben of Waconia was held to two carries for 10 yards and three catches for 43 yards as the Wildcats lost to Annandale 35-14. Hiben, who is considering the Gophers, along with favorite Notre Dame, had rushed 14 times for 143 yards.


Athletic Reggie Rock of St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall hit Phillip Wills with a 63-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game and Cretin-Derham Hall rolled to a 46-14 victory over St. Louis Park. Rock, who is getting looks from Florida, Florida State, Minnesota, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, completed 10 of 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.


Junior wide receiver Kimuel Royston, who attended the Gopher football camp, had two catches for 42 yards. He has 10 catches for 171 yards this season and 13 tackles as a defensive back.


Zach Larsen of Northfield helped lead the Raiders to a 35-6 win over Farmington. The Raiders have outscored their opponents 118-6 this season.


Quinn Hendel, a 6-3, 215-pound running back from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata High,

had a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and finished with 174 yards on 30 carries

as the Trojans, ranked No. 3 in the state rolled to a 26-13 win over Edina. 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 14 of 26 passes for 209 yards in the Mustangs' 34-13 win over Park of Cottage Grove. He is the son of former Gophers player Bobby Weber. Weber has completed 28 of 58 passes for 548 yards and four touchdowns.

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