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Minnesota Football: Five Gophers named All-Big Ten Offense

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The Big Ten took notice of the Gophers’ high-powered offense

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The Big Ten announced all-conference selections for offense, and wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson were both unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selections. Quarterback Tanner Morgan and running back Rodney Smith were both consensus selections for second-team All-Big Ten. Starting left guard Blaise Andries earned a spot on third-team All-Big Ten.

Bateman and Johnson are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in receiving yards in the Big Ten, and tied with Ohio State’s Chris Olave for the league lead in receiving touchdowns. Minnesota is the first program in Big Ten history to have two first-team All-Big Ten wide receivers in the same season.

Morgan leads the Big Ten in passing yards with 2,975, a single-season record at Minnesota. The redshirt sophomore quarterback also holds the school record for most touchdown passes in a single season with 28. He finished the regular season completing 66.1% of his passes.

Smith finished third in the Big Ten in rushing yards with 1,094, the second 1,000-yard season of his college career. The sixth-year senior also recorded eight rushing touchdowns.