Depth and experience highlight the group of road graters and protectors.
Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 11 games and started seven at right guard • protected for an offense that rushed for 2,801 yards and 32 touchdowns • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Competed against Eastern Illinois and against San Jose State • saw extensive action in a reserve role at Michigan and helped the Gpphers rush for 206 yards and pass for 167 yards • made his first career start against Northwestern and protected for an offense that averaged 5.1 yards per play • started against Purdue and helped protect for an offense that scored 39 points, rushed for 285 yards and passed for 165 yards • started his third straight game and protected for an offense that passed for 240 yards and rushed for 171 yards at Illinois • protected for an offense that rushed for 291 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 131 yards and four touchdowns against Iowa • helped Minnesota rush for 218 yards against Ohio State • blocked for an offense that rushed for 281 yards and four touchdowns at Nebraska • started at Wisconsin as team rushed for 177 yards • saw action as a reserve against Missouri.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in four games. Game-by-Game: Saw action against UNLV and helped protect for an offense that rushed for 221 yards • played against San Jose State • saw extensive action at Michigan State and helped Minnesota become the second team to rush for more than 100 yards (124 yards) against the Spartans • saw action against Syracuse • named Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Saw action in five games • named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut vs. New Hampshire and helped pave the way for the Gophers to rush for a season-high 240 yards • saw action vs. Iowa • blocked for Minnesota's offense as it rushed for 231 yards at Illinois • played vs. Michigan State • blocked for the Gophers as they rushed for 222 yards vs. Texas Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Rosemount High School • earned Associated Press All-State honors • also received all-state recognition from the Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Vikings • helped lead the Irish to a 12-1 record during his senior season • team advanced to the Class 5A Prep Bowl • named to the Star-Tribune and KARE-11 all-metro teams • team went 7-4 during his junior season, advancing to the section finals • coached by Jeff Erdman.
PERSONAL: Born May 10, 1993 • son of Carol Ames.