Gopher Commit Nick Rengel Suffers Knee Injury

Nick Rengel, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound rising senior from Sartell who committed to Minnesota in June, suffered a knee injury in Friday night's 37-24 loss to Bemidji. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Rengel to learn the latest on the injury and his season with the Sabres.

Nick Rengel paced the Sabres to a 9-4 mark as a junior, losing to Mahtomedi in the state semifinals of the Class AAAA Tournament. Rengel was the sixth commit for the Gophers and the fourth in-state verbal.

Nick Rengel had 51 catches for 794 yards and 10 touchdowns last year and rushed the ball 17 times for 188 yards and two scores. He had three kickoff returns for 114 against Mahtomedi, including a 92-yard return for a touchdown.

Rengel also ran track for Sartell. He finished with a 22.96-second 200-meter dash at this year's state meet, finishing ninth in the preliminaries. The Sartell boys 800 relay team of sophomores Brent Orndorff, Josh Kremer and David Grow and Rengel had the ninth-fastest time of the day (1:32.79) to earn a spot in the finals, where they finished ninth with a time of 1:31:14.

Rengel talked to Golden Sports.Net about the injury which occurred early in the game.

"I got a little banged-up. We are waiting on results right now and we'll see where that goes."

"I was just making a block on a kid. My left knee just got turned funny. That kind of stuff happens."

Rengel said that he has not gotten any definite word from the doctors.

"They just did not want to make any assumptions. I got the MRI today. I am hoping to hear that it is just a sprain."

Rengel said that his senior season is going fairly well as the Sabres are off to a 3-3 start.

"It's going pretty good. We are just kind of up and down right now. We have a lot of underclassmen. We are just trying to gel together as a team. It is just taking a little bit of time, but I think that we will be fine once the playoffs comes around."

Rengel attended the Gophers' 37-3 win over Florida Atlantic.

"I went to the last home game, but I did not get down there today."

Rengel said that he has a major in mind.

"I am kind of thinking about business or business management. We'll see. You never know how it goes until you get down there."

Rengel said that he does not hear from many colleges since his commitment.

"A lot of them have stopped sending stuff. I called a lot of them the day that I committed. That got a lot of the interest taken off."

Rengel said that he is 100% committed to Minnesota and is working out plans for his official visit.

"I have not set a time yet, but we will work something out for either the next few weeks or after the season. I have been in contact with (Coach) Derrick Lewis and we'll figure something out as it goes."

Rengel said that he has liked what he has seen from the Gophers this season.

"I watch them every week. I've been really impressed. I was impressed with the game today, too. Being 5-1 is great. There are a lot of people still doubting them, but they held their own against Ohio State and beat Indiana. I think that they are doing really well and proving people wrong."

Rengel said that it is easier to be a future Gopher this year than last season when the team was 1-11.

"Exactly. I just say that is why I am going there."

Rengel is a versatile player who may play several positions for the Gophers.

"It is looking like a slot back/tight end type right now. Once I get down there, I'll just play wherever they put me."

Rengel has been working hard to prepare for playing college football.

"I have been doing a lot of lifting and running. Just keeping active and trying to get bigger, stronger and faster and hopefully be ready by the time I get there.

Rengel says that he bench presses 315 to 330 pounds and was tested out at 4.6 40-yard dash at a football camp and a 4.7 flat at the Midwest combine with electric timing.

The Sabres conclude their regular season with games against Sauk Rapids (5-1) and Brainerd (4-1).

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