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Minnesota Football: Mohamed Ibrahim Named 3rd Team AP All-American

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He’s the first Gopher back to be an All-American since Laurence Maroney

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A few weeks after he was honored was the 2020 Big Ten Running Back of the Year, the accolades keep coming in for Minnesota junior Mohamed Ibrahim. On Monday Ibrahim was named to the Associated Press All-American Team on the third team. He becomes the third Gopher to be named an AP All-American in the past two seasons after Antoine Winfield, Jr was named to the first team and Rashod Bateman was named to the third team in 2019. He is the first Minnesota running back to be named an AP All-American since Laurence Maroney in 2005.

Ibrahim had a great 2020 season putting up near record stats despite playing in just seven games. Mo led the Big Ten in rushing attempts (201), rushing yards (1,076), rushing yards per game (153.7), rushing touchdowns (15), scoring (90), points per game (12.9) and all-purpose yards per game (168.4), despite playing two less games than the majority of those below him in the statistical rankings. In just seven games Mo ranked amongst the best in the nation in several statistical categories— third in rushing yards per game, fourth in points per game, fifth in rushing touchdowns, sixth in all-purpose yards per game and eighth in total rushing yards.

Ibrahim broke or nearly broke several Minnesota rushing records in 2020. His rushing average of 153.7 yards per game is now tops all time in Gopher history and he tied the Minnesota record with four rushing touchdowns in a one game—and HE DID IT TWICE IN BACK TO BACK GAMES at Maryland and at Illinois. He has run for 100 yards or more in eight consecutive games dating back to the Outback Bowl vs Auburn on January 1st which is a school record. His 15 rushing touchdowns places him fourth in a single season behind Gary Russell’s 18 in 2005, Marion Barber III’s 17 in 2003 and Rodney Smith’s 16 in 2016, all in 12 or 13 games, not seven like Mo.

Assuming Mo returns for his senior season in 2021 as expected he will have a chance to near the top of several career rushing records at Minnesota. In 28 career games, Ibrahim has rushed 517 times which ranks him 12th in school history and he could expect to easily move into the top four in school history ahead of Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber Jr who each had 660 and behind Thomas Hamner who has 882. Mo also has a career 2,840 rushing yards which is good for ninth in school history and with a good season could end up in the top three all-time in school history ahead of Maroney’s 3,933 career yards and behind Rodney Smith’s 4,122. Ibrahim’s 31 career rushing touchdowns currently ranks him sixth in school history, and he would need just nine in 2021 to tie Darrell Thompson for the most in school history with 40.