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Minnesota Football: Mariano Sori-Marin named B1G Defensive Player of the Week

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The junior linebacker led the team with a career-high 18 tackles

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Minnesota Golden Gophers junior linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high 18 total tackles on Saturday in the Gophers’ 24-17 road win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Much like the Minnesota defense as a whole, Sori-Marin has struggled this season in his role as the lone upperclassmen linebacker. But his performance against the Huskers was by far his best of the season, and hopefully represents a step toward fulfilling the expectations that the coaching staff and fans had him for him coming into the year. He leads the team with 47 total tackles and also has half a sack, three pass break-ups, and a forced fumble to his name.