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Temple kicker Will Mobley to grad transfer to Minnesota

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The Gophers are bringing in reinforcements on special teams

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Temple placekicker Will Mobley announced Tuesday night that he will be transferring to Minnesota as a preferred walk-on. He will have at least one season of eligibility left.

Mobley was 4-of-6 on field goal attempts and 7-of-8 on PATs this season with the Owls. In three seasons as the Owls’ primary placekicker, he was 26-of-35 on field goal attempts with a career-long of 44 yards and kicked 99 PATs, including a school-record 51 consecutive PAT makes.

He will be in competition for the Gophers’ starting placekicker spot after Minnesota endured considerable woes in the kicking game this season. Sophomore Michael Lantz missed the start of the season due to COVID and was 6-of-7 on PATs in three games before being sidelined again due to back surgery. Redshirt sophomore Brock Walker was limited due to his recovery from sports hernia surgery and finished the season 2-of-3 on field goals and 12-of-14 on PATs. Walk-on Anders Gelecinskyj, a redshirt senior, was the placekicker by season’s end, making 5-of-5 PATs and 2-of-3 field goals. He has opted to graduate rather than return next season.

Walker missed an extra point in overtime against Maryland, sealing the Gophers’ 45-44 loss to the Terps. Gelecinskyj made a 38-yard field goal in regulation of the season finale against Wisconsin but then missed a 36-yard attempt in overtime. The Badgers kicked a 30-yard game-winner on their overtime possession to win and retain Paul Bunyan’s Axe.