#14 Days Until Gopher Football

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Go Gophers! 14 Rickey Foggie and Marquel Fleetwood
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With two weeks left until Gopher football, we bring you a double dose of quarterbacks. Former signal callers Rickey Foggie and Marquel Fleetwood both wore No. 14, and they represent the 14 days left before kickoff.

Foggie is the Gophers' last true freshman starting quarterback to start four straight years. The dual threat QB twice ran for 100-plus yards as a freshman in 1984, including a 153-yard rushing performance against Wisconsin. The Gophers capped off that season with an upset win over Iowa.


Foggie holds Minnesota's career records for quarterback rushing (2,150 yards), quarterback rushing touchdowns (25) and average gain per completion (16.8 yards). He ranks second in games started (42), third in pass efficiency rating (126.24), fifth in touchdown passes (34) and sixth in career yardage (5,162).

With Foggie orchestrating the offense, the Gophers made bowl appearances in 1985 and 1986, winning the '85 Independence Bowl against Clemson. They did not make a bowl Foggie's senior year, but did take back the Little Brown Jug from No. 2 Michigan.

Foggie, a South Carolina native, has made Minnesota his home. After a pro career in the Canadian and Arena Football Leagues, he began coaching. Foggie is currently the head coach at Park Center High School. He is still beloved by Minnesota football fans, and was recognized as one of the all-time "Gopher Greats" before a Gopher game last season.

Fleetwood came along a few years after Foggie's departure, and ended up surpassing some of Foggie's statistical marks. Fleetwood ranks fifth --one spot ahead of Foggie -- in career passing yards with 5,279. He saw action as a back-up in 1989 before becoming the regular starter his next three seasons.

As a senior in 1992, Fleetwood threw 192-for-385 for 2,168 yards, the 15th-best season total in Minnesota history. He twice threw more than 50 passes in a game, completing 35 of 56 against Pittsburgh. That year, Fleetwood also completed the second-longest passing play in school history when he threw to John Lewis for 94 yards against Michigan.

Fleetwood ranks fifth in career completions (465), ninth in completion percentage (.531) and 11th in touchdown passes (18). After his Gopher career, he spent some time in the Canadian Football League.

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