Two Gophers honored by league coaches, media
Junior quarterback MarQueis Gray honored as team MVP.
Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
2011 SENIOR SEASON:
Started all 12 games started the first five games at left guard before moving to right tackle started his 40th career game as a Gopher vs. Illinois, the final game of his collegiate career earned fourth varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: started at left guard in season-opener at Southern California (9/3) helped anchor an offensive line which led to five yards per play against the Trojans helped guide an offense that gained more than 400 yards of offense against New Mexico State (9/10) helped make room for the Gophers' 236 yards rushing in Week Three win over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) started at left guard against North Dakota State (9/24) started at left guard at Michigan (10/1) made switch to right tackle, starting there at Purdue (10/8) started at right tackle against Nebraska (10/22) started at right tackle against Iowa (10/29) started at right tackle at Michigan State (11/5) part of protection unit that allowed Gophers to pass for season-high 295 yards vs. Spartans made fifth straight start at right tackle vs. Wisconsin (11/12) started at right tackle against Northwestern (11/19) part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 269 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats made his 40th career start vs. Illinois (11/26) on Senior Day.
2010 JUNIOR SEASON:
Started all 12 games this season at left guard earned third varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: Earned the start in the season-opening, 24-17 win at Middle Tennessee State (9/2) offense accounted for school record 45:34 of possession time, accounted for 27 first downs and 281 rushing yards vs. Blue Raiders started in losses to South Dakota (9/11), Southern California (9/18), Northern Illinois (9/25), Northwestern (10/2), Wisconsin (10/9), Purdue (10/16), Penn State (10/23), Ohio State (10/30) and Michigan State (11/6) started in the 38-34 win at Illinois (11/13) to snap 9-game losing streak started in 27-24 win over Iowa (11/21) as team rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
2009 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started all 13 games at right guard earned second varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: Earned the start at guard in the season-opening, 23-20 overtime win at Syracuse (9/5) started at guard in the 20-13 win over Air Force ( 9/12) part of an offense that put up 327 total yards of offense, including 219 yards passing and 108 yards rushing started at guard in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19) started at guard in the 35-24 win at Northwestern (9/26) started in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3) started at guard in the 35-20 win over Purdue (10/10) as the offense ran up a season-high 207 yards rushing and four scores on the ground started at guard in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17) started at guard in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24) started at guard in the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31) helped pave the way for 505 total yards and six touchdowns while protecting quarterback Adam Weber so her could put up career-high numbers of 416 yards passing and five TDs against the Spartans started at guard in the 35-32 loss to Illinois (11/7) started at guard in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14) started at guard in the 12-0 loss to Iowa ( 11/21) made the start at right guard at the Insight Bowl in a 14-13 loss to Iowa State (12/31).
2008 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Versatile player who was a key contributor at guard in the Gophers' offensive line rotation opened fall camp at tackle before moving inside for the majority of the season appeared in seven games, including three starts at right guard made his first career appearance and start vs. Montana State (9/13) also drew starting assignments vs. Florida Atlantic (9/20) and at Ohio State (9/27) came off the bench the next three games vs. Indiana (10/4), at Illinois (10/11) and at Purdue (10/25) also played as a reserve vs. Iowa (11/22) helped the Gopher offense average 322.9 yards and 23.2 points per game part of an offense that generated 2,848 passing yards, the fifth-most in school history earned first letter.
Redshirted scholar-athlete award winner.
A 2007 graduate of Osseo High School (Minn.) high school coach was Derrin Lamker three-star recruit ranked as the 49th-best offensive guard in the nation and the ninth-best player in Minnesota by Rivals ranked the 89th-best offensive guard in the nation by Scout named to the PrepStar Midwest Region Team named to recruiting expert Tom Lemming's All-Midwest Team was a 2006 first team Associated Press All-State selection also played pitcher, first baseman and designated hitter on the baseball team in high school.
Son of John and Sue Bunders born June 3, 1988 civil engineering major.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bobby Bell
Bobby Bell won the Outland Award in 1962 and was named the Big Ten MVP and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting.
Taking A Look At TCF Bank Stadium Records
The Gophers start their eighth season at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Last year, Minnesota posted some impressive feats in that cracked the stadium record books.
Road Game Tickets On Sale Now
Minnesota road game tickets are now on sale for contests at Penn State, Maryland, Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin.