2006 Minnesota Gopher FB Depth Chart

The Minnesota Golden Gopher football team opens the 2006 season against Kent State in Canton, Ohio Thursday night. Several freshmen have moved into the top three of the depth chart. The following is a look at the depth chart for the season opener.

2006 MINNESOTA DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE
WIDE RECEIVER

84 Logan Payne (6-2, 205, Sr.)
7 Eric Decker (6-2, 210, Fr.*)
83 Ben Fischer (6-1, 180, Fr.)
TIGHT END
89 Matt Spaeth (6-7, 265, Sr.*)
80 Jack Simmons (6-4, 240, So.*)
86 Troy Reilly (6-6, 250, Fr.*)
LEFT TACKLE
64 Steve Shidell (6-5, 290, Jr.*)
73 Jason Meinke (6-5, 255, Fr.*)
76 Dominic Alford (6-3, 305, Fr.)
LEFT GUARD
56 Tyson Swaggert (6-4, 290, Sr.*)
74 Ryan Ruckdashel (6-5, 275, Fr.*)
69 John Jakel (6-5, 300, Jr.*)
CENTER
77 Tony Brinkhaus (6-3, 295, Jr.*)
56 Tyson Swaggert (6-4, 290, Sr.*)
55 Brad Bultman (6-1, 280, Jr.)
RIGHT GUARD
66 Nedward Tavale ((6-2, 305, Fr.*)
75 Otis Hudson (6-5, 310, Fr.)
60 Matt Krueger (6-5, 260, Fr.*)
RIGHT TACKLE
78 Joe Ainslie (6-7, 310, Sr.*)
79 Matt DeGeest (6-5, 275, So.*)
63 Andy Brinkhaus (6-3, 275, Fr.)
QUARTERBACK
3 Bryan Cupito (6-3, 205, Sr.*)
17 Tony Mortensen (6-3, 230, So.*)
19 Mike Maciejowski (6-3, 215, So.*)
TAILBACK
29 Amir Pinnix (6-0, 205, Jr.*)
34 E.J. Jones (5-9, 185, Fr.)
6 Alex Daniels (6-3, 255, So.)
FULLBACK
18 Justin Valentine (6-1, 230, Jr.*)
49 Jeremy Faue (5-11, 230, Jr.*)
45 Thomas Hennessey (5-11, 215, Fr.*)
WIDE RECEIVER
1 Ernie Wheelwright (6-5, 215, Jr.)
12 Mike Chambers (6-1, 190, Fr.*)
82 Marcus Sherels (5-11, 175, Fr.)
DEFENSE
RIGHT END

91 Willie VanDeSteeg (6-4, 255, So.*)
65 William Brody (6-4, 245, So.*)
97 Robert McField (6-6, 235, Fr.)
RIGHT DEFENSIVE TACKLE
70 Todd Meisel (6-4, 275, Jr.*)
90 Eric Clark (6-4, 270, Sr.*)
96 Matt Stommes (6-7, 270, Fr.*)
LEFT DEFENSIVE TACKLE
98 Neel Allen (6-3, 285, Jr.*)
99 Garrett Brown (6-2, 285, Fr.)
50 Dan Kinsella (6-3, 250, Fr.)
LEFT END
92 Steve Davis (6-2, 235, So.)
94 Willie Dyson (6-3, 230, Fr.)
95 Sean McWhirter (6-3, 245, Fr.)
WILL LINEBACKER
46 John Shevlin (6-1, 225, Jr.*)
44 Deon Hightower (6-3, 210, So.*)
30 Lee Campbell (6-3, 220, Fr.)
MIKE LINEBACKER
58 Mike Sherels (6-0, 240, Jr.*)
33 Tommy Becker (6-2, 230, Fr.)
57 Patrick Cheney (6-2,225, Jr.*)
DROP LINEBACKER
48 Mario Reese (6-3, 230, Sr.*)
59 Steve Moore (6-2, 230, So.*)
32 Nathan Triplett (6-3, 240, Fr.*)
CORNERBACK
4 Trumaine Banks (5-11, 190, Sr.*)
9 Keith Massey (6-1, 195, Fr.*)
13 Michael McKelton (5-10, 180, Fr.*)
STRONG SAFETY
2 Dominic Jones (5-8, 190, So.)
26 Duran Cooley (6-0, 205, Jr.)
14 Brody Grandas (5-11, 190, So*)
FREE SAFETY
23 Dominique Barber (6-0, 210, Jr.)
28 Kevin Mannion (6-2, 210, So.*)
35 Seth Thompson (5-11, 190, Jr.*)
CORNERBACK
15 Jamal Harris (6-0, 185, Jr.*)
11 Desi Steib (6-0, 185, Jr.*)
21 Daron Love (6-1, 185, Fr.)
SPECIAL TEAMS
PUNTER

41 Justin Kucek (6-0, 200, So.*)
14 Blake Hauden (6-0, 200, Fr.*)
PAT/FG
36 Joel Monroe (5-11, 190, So.*)
31 Jason Giannini (5-9, 185, So.*)
37 Eric Ellestad (6-2, 170, Fr.)
KICKOFFS
36 Joel Monroe (5-11, 190, So.*)
31 Jason Giannini (5-9, 185, So.*)
37 Eric Ellestad (6-2, 170, Fr.)
LONG SNAPS
43 Robert McGarry (6-3, 215, Jr.)
47 Ryan Coleman (6-1, 220, Fr.)
50 Dan Kinsella (6-3, 250, Fr.)
SHORT SNAPS
43 Robert McGarry (6-3, 215, Jr.)
47 Ryan Coleman (6-1, 220, Fr.)
50 Dan Kinsella (6-3, 250, Fr.)
HOLDER
41 Justin Kucek (6-0, 200, So.*)
3 Bryan Cupito (6-3, 205, Sr.*)
PUNT RETURNS
2 Dominic Jones (5-8, 190, So.)
84 Logan Payne (6-2, 205, Sr.)
KICKOFF RETURNS
2 Dominic Jones (5-8, 190, So.)
34 E.J. Jones (5-9, 185, Fr.)
*player had taken redshirt season


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