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2014 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in eight games and started six at right tackle protected for an offense that rushed for 2,801 yards and 32 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Missed the Eastern Illinois game with an injury split time with Jonah Pirsig at right tackle and helped pave the way for Minnesota to rush for 284 yards, including a career-high 220 by David Cobb, against Middle Tennessee started his first game of the season at right tackle at TCU protected for an offense that rushed for 380 yards against San Jose State provided protection for an offense that rushed for 206 yards and passed for 167 yards at Michigan helped team average 5.1 yards-per-play against Northwestern protected for an offense that scored 39 points, rushed for 285 yards and passed for 165 yards against Purdue started and protected for an offense that passed for 240 yards and rushed for 171 yards at Illinois missed the Iowa and Ohio State games with an injury did not play at Nebraska and saw limited action at Wisconsin missed the Missouri game with an illness.
2013 FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 13 games and started four named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut against UNLV saw mostly special teams action at New Mexico State saw extensive action at left tackle and helped pave the way for Minnesota to rush for 213 yards and four touchdowns against Western Illinois started his first career game at left tackle and protected for an offense that rushed for 353 yards (most since 2005) and six touchdowns against San Jose State started against Iowa and at Michigan started at Northwestern and protected for an offense that rushed for 176 yards blocked for an offense that generated 430 yards of total offense (271 rushing yards) against Nebraska protected for an offensive unit that gained 573 yards at Indiana helped offense gain 381 yards against Penn State competed against Wisconsin and blocked for an offense that rushed for 124 yards against Michigan State's then-No. 1 defense protected for a unit that passed for two touchdowns and garnered 350 yards of offense against Syracuse.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Wayzata High School led team to consecutive Prep Bowl appearances Trojans finished 12-1 and state runners-up in 2011, while winning the state title and going 11-0 in 2010 paved the way for an offensive unit that gained 341.9 yards per game, including 208 yards per game on the ground named All-State by the AP earned All-Metro honors from KARE-11 and the Star-Tribune coached by Brad Anderson.
PERSONAL: Born July 11, 1994 son of Bill and Jeanine Lauer.