Gophers Announce Six Local Football Walk-Ons

The Gophers announced six walk-ons to their 2005 football roster today. All six are decorated local players.

University of Minnesota head football coach Glen Mason announced today six student-athletes have signed acceptance of admission forms to attend the University of Minnesota and walk-on to play football for the Golden Gophers.

Jeff Tow-Arnett, DL, 6-2, 270, Redwood Falls, Minn. (Redwood Valley High School)
All-Southwest Conference selection in 2004…named to the West Central Tribune All-Area Team…tallied 158 tackles with 42 tackles-for-loss for his career…served as team captain his senior season…also lettered in baseball, basketball, hockey and track…Honor Roll student…plans to major in political science or business…high school coach is Matt Lundeen…son of Duane Tow and Bette Arnett…born 11/19/86.

Thomas Hennessey, LB/RB, 5-11, 215, Somerset, Minn. (Somerset High School)
Was a first-team selection on the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State Football Team…chosen as the 2004 Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Year by BadgerStatePreps.com…first-team All-Middle Border Conference selection his senior year...rushed 297 times for 2,556 yards and 37 touchdowns his senior season…averaged 8.6 yards per carry and 183 yards per game last season…also lettered in hockey and track…two-year National Honor Society member and A Honor Roll student…three-year academic letterwinner…plans to major in biomedical engineering…high school coach is Bruce Larson…son of Dan and Gwen Hennessey…born 5/25/87.

Matt Krueger, OL, 6-5, 250, Maple Plain, Minn. (Delano High School)
Named a 2004 All-Wright County selection…totaled 99 tackles with four tackles-for-loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for his career…helped lead his team to records of 10-4 and 10-3…served as Delano team captain for 2004…also lettered in basketball, golf and track…Scholars Honor Roll student…undecided on major…high school coach is Merrill Pavlovich…son of Mike and Jacqui Krueger…born 5/15/87.

Greg Martin, WR, 6-2, 200, Maple Grove, Minn. (Maple Grove High School)
Named to the 2004 Minnesota Associated Press All-State Football Team…was a two-year first-team all-conference and all-metro selection…was one of 10 finalist for Minnesota's "Mr. Football"…plans to major in business…high school coach is Craig Hansen…son of Steve and Jane Martin…born 1/6/87.

Jason Meinke, DE, 6-5, 235, Apple Valley, Minn. (Eastview High School)
Was an all-conference selection in 2004…made 48 tackles with five tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble his senior season…also lettered in track…plans to major in architecture…high school coach is Kelly Sherwin…son of Charles and Petra Meinke…born 9/23/86.

Andy Metz, WR, 6-2, 185, Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville High School)
Named all-conference his senior season…Lakeville team captain in 2004…totaled 44 receptions for 680 yards with eight touchdowns for his career and averaged 16 yards per reception…had 30 receptions for 390 yards in 2004…helped lead team to 2004 Class 5A state title…two-year National Honor Society member and ranked in the top 10% of his class academically…also lettered in baseball and track…plans to major in communications or business…high school coach is Larry Thompson…son of Rob and Carol Metz…born 9/1/86.

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