Minnesota Gopher Football Depth Chart

The Minnesota Gophers return 31 lettermen from a 7-5 team that lost 34-31 to Virginia in the Music City Bowl. Their spring game is April 22 at Metrodome and they open the 2006 season versus Kent State Aug. 31. The following is a look at their updated depth chart.

SPRING DEPTH CHART
OFFENSE
WIDE RECEIVER
84 Logan Payne (6-2, 200, Sr.)
14 Eric Decker (6-2, 205, Fr.*)
32 Ben Kuznia (6-0, 185, Fr.*)
TIGHT END
89 Matt Spaeth (6-6, 270, Sr.*)
80 Jack Simmons (6-4, 235, So.*)
86 Troy Reilly (6-6, 240, Fr.*)
85 Chris Mensen (6-6, 240, Fr.*)
LEFT TACKLE
64 Steve Shidell (6-5, 285, Jr.*)
73 Jason Meinke (6-5, 235, Fr.*)
LEFT GUARD
77 Tony Brinkhaus (6-4, 300,Jr.*) -or-
56 Tyson Swaggert (6-4, 285, Sr.*)
69 John Jakel (6-5, 280, Jr.*)
66 Nedward Tavale (6-2, 305, Fr.*)
CENTER
56 Tyson Swaggert (6-4, 285, Sr.*) -or-
77 Tony Brinkhaus (6-4, 300,Jr.*)
55 Brad Bultman (6-2, 280, Jr.)
RIGHT GUARD
75 Otis Hudson (6-4, 290, Fr.*) -or-
74 Ryan Ruckdashel (6-6, 255, Fr.*)
63 Matt Krueger (6-5, 250, Fr.*)
RIGHT TACKLE
78 Joe Ainslie (6-7, 310, Sr.*)
79 Matt DeGeest (6-5, 270, So.*)
QUARTERBACK
3 Bryan Cupito (6-3, 205, Sr.*)
17 Tony Mortensen (6-3, 220, So.*)
19 Mike Maciejowski (6-3, 215, So.*)
11 Mike Frankberg (6-0, 180, Sr.)
5 Marcel Jones (6-3, 205, Fr.*)
TAILBACK
29 Amir Pinnix (6-0, 195, Jr.*)
30 Brylee Callender (6-0, 200, Jr.)
26 Reid Haviland (5-10, 190, Fr.*)
35 Judd Smith (6-0, 200, Fr.*)
FULLBACK
18 Justin Valentine (6-2, 230, Jr.*)
34 Jeremy Faue ( 5 - 11, 225, Jr. *)
44 Thomas Hennessey (5-11, 215, Fr.*)
WIDE RECEIVER
82 Ernie Wheelwright (6-5, 215, Jr.)
12 Mike Chambers (6-1, 195, Fr.*)
37 Michael Kasten (6-2, 200, So.*)
38 Andy Metz (6-2, 190, Fr.*)
DEFENSE
LEFT END
92 Steve Davis (6-2, 230, So.)
65 William Brody (6-5, 245, So.*)
74 Nick Tow-Arnett (6-4, 245, Fr.*)
79 Barrett Moen (6-2, 260, Fr.*)
LEFT TACKLE
70 Todd Meisel (6-4, 265, Jr.*)
77 Jeff Tow-Arnett (6-2, 270, Fr.*)
93 Nhemie Theodore (6-3, 290, So.*)
RIGHT TACKLE
90 Eric Clark (6-4, 265, Sr.*)
98 Neel Allen (6-3, 295, Jr.*)
RIGHT END
91 Willie VanDeSteeg (6-4, 250, So.*)
96 Matt Stommes (6-7, 245, Fr.*)
WILL LINEBACKER
44 Deon Hightower (6-3, 200, So.*)
55 James Tindall (6-2, 215, So.*)
30 Anthony Cullen (6-0, 205, So.)
MIKE LINEBACKER
6 Alex Daniels (6-3, 230, So.)
58 Mike Sherels (6-0, 235, Jr.*)
59 Steve Moore (6-2, 235, So.*)
DROP LINEBACKER
48 Mario Reese (6-3, 230, Sr.*)
57 Patrick Cheney (6-1, 225, Jr.*)
51 Nathan Triplett (6-3, 230, Fr.*)
CORNERBACK
9 Keith Massey (6-1, 200, Fr.*)
11 Desi Steib (6-1, 185, Jr.*)
STRONG SAFETY
2 Dominic Jones (5-9, 180, So.)
16 John Carlson (6-2, 220, So.*)
14 Brody Grandas (5-11, 185, So.*)
28 Kevin Mannion (6-2, 200, So.*)
FREE SAFETY
23 Dominique Barber (6-0, 200, Jr.)
4 Trumaine Banks (5-11, 185, Sr.*)
35 Seth Thompson (6-0, 190, Jr.*)
19 Tim Soliday (6-2, 180, Fr.*)
CORNERBACK
15 Jamal Harris (6-0, 185, Jr.*)
13 Michael McKelton (5-10, 170, Fr.*)
 
SPECIAL TEAMS

PUNTER
41 Justin Kucek (6-0, 200, So.*)
16 Blake Haudan (6-1, 190, Fr.*)
15 Drew Lechner (6-2, 205, So.)
PAT/FG
36 Joel Monroe (6-0, 180, So.*)
31 Jason Giannini (5-10, 180, So.*)
KICKOFFS
31 Jason Giannini (5-10, 180, So.*)
36 Joel Monroe (6-0, 180, So.*)
LONG SNAPS
43 Robert McGarry (6-3, 215, Jr.)
59 Kyle Schwebke (6-2, 190, So.)
SHORT SNAPS
43 Robert McGarry (6-3, 215, Jr.)
59 Kyle Schwebke (6-2, 190, So.)
HOLDER
3 Bryan Cupito (6-3, 205, Sr.*)
41 Justin Kucek (6-0, 200, So.*)
PUNT RETURNS
2 Dominic Jones (5-9, 180, So.)
84 Logan Payne (6-2, 200, Sr.)
KICKOFF RETURNS
2 Dominic Jones (5-9, 180, So.)
30 Brylee Callender (6-0, 200, Jr.)
*indicates player has used a redshirt season

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