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Minnesota Football: Gopher Freshmen One-Step Closer to the Season

Between photoshoots and choosing numbers...the season is almost here

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Ahh summer. A time for grilling out, going to the beach, and waiting for the new freshmen numbers to be posted on Well while this weekend hopefully you will be doing a lot of the first two, wait no more for the latter. The numbers are here!

While most numbers won’t mean anything to the general public, they can definitely have meaning to the players. All us fans can do is to see who has what number and irrationally compare them to who wore the number previously. Don’t think that Damarius Travis won’t be checking in to make sure Ken Handy-Holly doesn’t besmirch his #7 next fall.

If you include the walk-ons there are 37 new freshmen on the roster this season. Here are there numbers below:


Name Position Number
Name Position Number
Danny Anderson LB 50
Harry Van Dyne WR 83
Chris Autman-Bell WR 3
Clayton Weatherspoon TE 98
Nate Umlor TE 89
Adam Beck DB 23
Alex Strazzanti DB 40
John Michael Schmitz OL 60
Nathan Bursch TE 40
Austin Schirck DL 52
Kyle Sassack OL 75
John Santaga DB 30
Grant Ryerse K/P 33
Joe Russell LB 57
Axel Ruschmeyer OL 65
Quinn Coughlin DL 94
Eric Rousemiller OL 55
Jaran Roste QB 14
Malcolm Robinson DL 75
Samuel Pickering QB 19
Mike Delich RB 33
Jake Paulson TE 49
Demetrius Douglas WR 82
Esezi Otomewo DL 95
Casey O'Brien H 36
Rey Estes QB 16
Tommy Fuller DB 44
Boye Mafe DL 69
Dominik London RB 31
Blaise Andries OL 77
Brock Annexstad WR 81
Mohamad Ibrahim RB 30
Ken Handy-Holly DB 7
Reid Hilbelik WR 87
Justis Harris DB 26
Noah Hickcox DL 91

Additionally, as the Gopher Football Elite Access videos have shown so far this summer, the players all are going through the motions and are getting ready for the upcoming season. The freshmen all sat down for their official headshots that will appear in the football game programs and on the website. You can see the level of detail that the Fleck regime even brings to something like this as all the players are wearing the same Gopher tie and maroon blazer. Continuity and class abound.

Its the summer...but football season will be here sooner than you can imagine.