Minnesota Native, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Trey Van Wyhe To Lead Gophers Onto Field

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When the Gophers take the field prior to a home game they traditionally have players lead the team out onto the field while carrying an American flag and a flag representing the University of Minnesota.

This Saturday, Minnesota will shift from protocol, as 1st Lt. Trey Van Wyhe of the United States Army (story here), will lead the team out onto the field carrying the American flag that he sent to coach Jerry Kill as a gift earlier this year. The flag has flown in Afghanistan where Van Wyhe, who is a lifelong Gopher fan from Hills., Minn., was recently deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Van Wyhe, who is representing the 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry Regiment, "Cacti", 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and his platoon carried the flag with them when they conducted air assault missions as a good luck charm.

Upon receiving the gift, coach Kill told Van Wyhe via email that if he was ever in town for a football game that he would be honored to have him lead the Gophers onto the field. Van Wyhe, who is stationed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, is only in town for this weekend and he is preparing for another deployment to Afghanistan next year.

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