Brylee Callender Still Gets Gopher Interest

Brylee Callender, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound sophomore running back from Feather River (CA) Community College, rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Golden Eagles to a 44-31 win over Sierra College, snapping their 37-game winning streak. Bob Kovich, his former position coach at Lakeville (MN) High, attended the game.

Brylee Callender has rushed for 591 yards and has caught passes for 458 yards for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 6-3. They face College of the Redwoods Saturday in their last regular season home game and could make a bowl game.

Callender rushed 266 times for 2,132 yards as he led Lakeville (MN) High to a 14-0 record and a Class 5A state championship as a high school senior. He rushed 26 times for 226 yards and two scores in the championship game and 22 times for 266 yards with three touchdowns in the semifinals. Callender had 37 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores as a senior and was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Team, AP All-State and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State team this season.

Minnesota had offered him a scholarship as a senior and has continued to follow him in junior college. Minnesota assistant Vic Adamle traveled to Feather River three week ago to watch Callender practice. They have been monitoring his acdemics and have indicated that he will be extended a scholarship if he graduates. Callender had failed to qualify out of high school. He had made great strides in the class room as a senior, but had fallen too far behind early in his career.

Callender is also hearing from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Middle Tennessee State and Arizona. He plans to graduate in December with the hopes to enrolling at a Division I school in January and participating in spring practice.

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