A Look at the Minnesota FB Scholarships

The Minnesota Gopher football team has 61 non-senior players on scholarship after hearing word that Andre Sloan El, Hussain Shakir, Johnny Sampy and Leland Jones were leaving the program. The Gophers have 20 commitments to date and will likely sign a full class of 25 players. The Gophers are likely to lose Laurence Maroney to the NFL Draft, which would open another scholarship. The following is the team's returning roster and scholarship numbers.

#

Name

POS

HGT

WGT

CL

SCH

RC

5

Marcel Jones

QB

6-3

205

FR

1

2005

9

Keith Massey

DB

6-1

200

FR

2

2005

12

Mike Chambers

WR

6-1

195

FR

3

2005

13

Michael McKelton

DB

5-10

170

FR

4

2005

14

Eric Decker

WR

6-2

205

FR

5

2005

16

Blake Haudan

P/K

6-1

190

Fr

17

Laminu Sonie

DB

6-2

175

FR

19

Tim Soliday

FS

6-2

180

FR

25

Jay Thomas

RB

6-0

185

FR

6

2005

32

Ben Kuznia

WR

6-0

185

Fr

35

Judd Smith

RB

6-0

200

Fr

44

Thomas Hennessey

LB

5-11

215

FR

51

Nate Triplett

LB

6-3

230

FR

7

2005

63

Matt Krueger

OT

6-5

250

FR

66

Nedward Tavale

OT

6-2

305

FR

8

2005

73

Jason Meinke

DE

6-5

235

FR

74

Ryan Ruckdashel

OT

6-6

255

FR

9

2005

74

Nick Tow-Arnett

DE

6-4

245

FR

75

Otis Hudson

OT

6-4

290

FR

10

2005

77

Jeff Tow-Arnett

DT

6-2

270

FR

85

Chris Mensen

TE

6-6

240

FR

11

2005

86

Troy Reilly

TE

6-6

240

FR

12

2005

96

Matt Stommes

DE

6-7

245

FR

13

2005

Andy Metz

WR

6-2

185

FR

11

Mike Frankberg

QB

6-0

180

Jr

38

Josh Wiltsie

LB

6-1

205

Jr

11

Desi Steib

CB

6-1

185

JR

14

2003

15

Jamal Harris

CB

6-0

185

JR

15

2003

18

Justin Valentine

FB

6-2

230

JR

16

2003

23

Dominique Barber

DB

6-0

200

JR

17

2004

24

Gary Russell

RB

5-11

215

JR

18

2004

29

Amir Pinnix

RB

6-0

195

JR

19

2003

35

Seth Thompson

SS

6-0

190

JR

43

Robert McGarry

LS

6-3

215

JR

20

WO

46

John Shevlin

LB

6-1

225

JR

21

2003

49

Jeremy Faue

FB

5-11

225

JR

22

WO

53

Mark Mullaney

LB

6-0

215

JR

23

2003

55

Brad Bultman

C

6-2

280

JR

24

WO

57

Patrick Cheney

LB

6-1

225

JR

25

WO

58

Mike Sherels

LB

6-0

235

JR

26

WO

62

Tommy Jacobs

OG

6-3

290

JR

27

WO

64

Steve Shidell

OT

6-5

285

JR

28

2003

69

John Jakel

OG

6-5

280

JR

29

2003

70

Todd Meisel

DT

6-4

265

JR

77

Tony Brinkhaus

OT

6-4

300

JR

30

2003

82

Ernest Wheelwright

WR

6-5

215

JR

31

2003

88

Micah Rucker

WR

6-6

210

JR

32

2003

98

Neel Allen

DT

6-3

295

JR

33

2003

2

Dominic Jones

DB

5-9

180

SO

35

2005

6

Alex Daniels

LB

6-3

230

SO

36

2005

14

Brody Grandas

DB

5-11

185

SO

15

Drew Lechner

P

6-2

205

SO

16

John Carlson

S

6-2

220

SO

37

2004

17

Tony Mortensen

QB

6-3

220

SO

38

2004

19

Mike Maciejowski

QB

6-3

215

SO

39

2004

24

John Morgan

DB

6-2

200

SO

25

Donald Beattie

LB

6-2

210

SO

28

Kevin Mannion

SS

6-2

200

SO

30

Anthony Cullen

LB

6-0

205

SO

31

Jason Giannini

PK

5-10

180

SO

40

2004

36

Joel Monroe

K

6-0

180

SO

37

Michael Kasten

WR

6-2

200

SO

41

Justin Kucek

P

6-0

200

SO

41

2004

44

Deon Hightower

LB

6-3

200

SO

42

2004

47

Tommy Leavitt

DE

6-3

240

SO

43

2004

55

James Tindall

LB

6-2

215

So

59

Steve Moore

LB

6-2

235

SO

44

2004

59

Kyle Scwebke

LS

6-2

190

SO

65

William Brody

DE

6-5

245

SO

45

2004

79

Matt DeGeest

G

6-5

270

SO

46

2004

80

Jack Simmons

TE

6-4

235

SO

47

2004

91

William VanDeSteeg

DE

6-4

250

SO

48

2004

92

Steven Davis

DE

6-2

230

SO

49

2005

93

Nhemie Theodore

DT

6-3

290

SO

50

2004

3

Bryan Cupito

QB

6-3

205

SR

51

2002

4

Trumaine Banks

CB

5-11

185

SR

52

2002

20

Brandon Owens

SS

6-2

210

SR

53

2003

22

Laurence Maroney

RB

5-11

210

SR

54

2003

37

Chris Holden

DE

5-11

225

SR

40

Pat McCarthy

DE

6-0

260

SR

42

Jason Lamers

FB

6-0

240

SR

48

Mario Reese

LB

6-3

230

SR

55

2002

56

Tyson Swaggert

C

6-4

285

SR

56

2002

73

Brian Moss

OT

6-6

280

SR

57

2002

78

Joe Ainslie

OT

6-7

310

SR

58

2002

84

Logan Payne

WR

6-2

200

SR

59

2003

89

Matt Spaeth

TE

6-6

270

SR

60

2002

90

Eric Clark

DE

6-4

265

SR

61

2002


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