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Every college football program in America will lose players that either don't qualify for academic reasons, transfer, or leave the team for other reasons.  Minnesota is no exception.  Many of their names are never again heard after their departure.  Ever wonder which former Gophers could still be playing for the team, and whether or not they would have added depth to the current squad?  Following is a list of former Gophers, where they are now, and what kind of season they are having so far.  Click on their highlighted names to view their player profile pages on the websites of their current teams:

Name P School Yr. (if a Gopher) Notes
Otis Hudson OT Eastern Illinois Sr. 6'5 331 lb. Hudson is a starting right tackle
Alex Daniels DL Cincinnati Sr. Daniels is a force on the Bearcats' defense
Tramaine Brock S Belhaven College Sr. Brock has 10 tackles and .5 sacks this season
E.J. Jones CB Illinois State Sr. Jones already has 3 interceptions and 15 tackles
Hasan Lipscomb RB Blinn College? Fr. Listed in Blinn's Media guide, but is not on the web roster and doesn't have stats for the first 2 games
Roszell Gayden OT College of the Sequioas So. A 4 star JUCO recruit, may still come back to Minnesota
Clint Brewster QB Tennessee Tech So. Hasn't played yet, but another backup QB with a few years in the program couldn't have hurt the Gophers
Brodrick Smith WR Kansas State So. Transfer year - will not play
Ralph Spry WR Auburn Jr. Transfer year - will not play
Tray Herndon WR Vanderbilt Jr. 1 reception for 17 yards this season
Vince Hill WR ? So. On the Temple squad last year, no longer on their online roster
Tim McGee DT Memphis Sr. Backup defensive lineman for the Tigers
Willie Dyson DL NW Missouri St. Jr. No statistics this season
Justin Chatman CB North Texas Jr. No statistics this season
Tommy Becker LB St. Thomas Sr. Very good Division 3 linebacker

 

I'll put together a similar post around mid-season, and one more at the end of the season.  If I missed any players that are on other teams, let me know in the comments section.  My own take is that Minnesota could have benefitted from having Otis Hudson and Roszell Gayden as options at tackle, E.J. Jones and Tramaine Brock as additional defensive backs, Alex Daniels as a defensive end, and Clint Brewster as an experienced backup quarterback.  Reasons for player departures aside, what do you think?