It’s nearly Big Ten Media Days time. Which means it’s also time for us to learn who the Gophers will be sending to Chicago to be asked occasionally interesting questions by the media elite (and our very own IowaGopher).
This year Minnesota Golden Gophers will have 4 players representing the U in front of the local, regional, and national college football luminaries, as well as media favorite P.J. Fleck.
#Gophers will be well represented in Chicago next week at @B1Gfootball Media Days. @Coach_Fleck @T_muhneyy10 @Cmoe34 @_MoIbrahim and @caseyob14 will all be there. O'Brien, a cancer survivor, will speak on behalf of the student attendees and deliver the kickoff luncheon speech. pic.twitter.com/mnZAbKM9FT— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) July 8, 2019
The three player representatives for the main Media Days activities?
- Carter Coughlin
- Tyler Johnson
- Mohamed Ibrahim
Rodney Smith gets a well deserved break after back to back appearances, leaving Carter as the only repeat appearance from last year’s roster. Tyler Johnson will be a popular interview non doubt coming off of a First Team All-Big Ten Selection in 2018, and entering 2019 as one of the top senior wide receivers in the nation. Sophomore Mo Ibrahim gets the nod as PJ Fleck looks to honor the running back who had an explosive freshman season for the Gophers.
Minnesota’s Casey O’Brien also gets to come to Media Days as he is being honored with giving the kickoff lunchon speech. One player each year gets honored with an opportunity to give a speech to all the other gathered attendees and the media and fans who attend. Purdue’s David Blough gave the speech in 2018 and it was praised by nearly everyone who heard it. Hopefully Casey’s will be just as good.
Big Ten Media Days kick off next Thursday July 18th, and then go into Friday July 19th. PJ Fleck will give his annual press conference on Thursday along with Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State. The other seven teams will have their press conferences on Friday the 19th. BTN will have live coverage of all the coaches press conferences, and as we said above our own IowaGopher will be in Chicago covering the event and will try and get interviews with all the Gopher attendees.