Depth and experience highlight the group of road graters and protectors.
Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.
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
2015 • SENIOR SEASON: Saw extensive action against as a reserve against TCU after Ben Lauer left the game with an injury and helped protect for an offense that rushed for 144 yards and passed for 197 yards • competed on special teams at Colorado State • played on special teams agaisnt Kent State • saw action as a reserve on offense against Ohio and also played on special teams • competed at Northwestern • played extensively as a reserve at Purdue and blocked for an offense that rushed for 326 yards, which was the most in a Big Ten game for Minnesota since it rushed for 327 yards on Nov. 12, 2005, against Michigan State • competed as a reserve against Nebraska and helped provide protection for an offense that passed for 301 yards • saw action against Michigan and protected for an offense that passed for 317 yards, which was the most by the Gophers since they passed for 373 yards against Northern Illinois in 2010 • started at left tackle against Ohio State and provided protection for Minnesota to pass for 281 yards and two touchdowns • started at left tackle at Iowa and his protection helped Minnesota pass for 301 yards and two touchdowns and rush for 133 yards and three scores against the the No. 12 defense in the nation • blocked for an offense that rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns and passed for a score against Illinois.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 10 games and started the first five of the season at right guard before suffering an injury • protected for an offense that rushed for 2,801 yards and 32 touchdowns • Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Game-by-Game: Started at right guard against Eastern Illinois and helped the Gophers rush for 182 yards and four touchdowns and pass for 144 yards and one touchdown • paved the way for Minnesota to rush for 284 yards, including a career-high 220 by David Cobb, against Middle Tennessee • started at TCU • blocked for an offense that rushed for 380 yards against San Jose State • started at Michigan, but then missed the Northwestern and Purdue games with an injury • saw action in a reserve role and on special teams against Iowa, Ohio State and at Nebraska and Wisconsin • competed against Missouri.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games and started the last four of the season at right guard • named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action against UNLV and helped protect for an offense that rushed for 221 yards • saw action at New Mexico State where the Gophers rushed for 342 yards • helped pave the way for Minnesota to rush for 213 yards and four touchdowns against Western Illinois • played against San Jose State where the Gophers rushed for 353 yards (most since 2005) • saw mostly special teams action against Iowa, at Michigan, at Northwestern, against Nebraska and at Indiana • made his first career start against Penn State and protected for an offense that gained 381 yards • started against Wisconsin and at Michigan State • protected for a unit that passed for two touchdowns and garnered 350 yards of offense against Syracuse.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in seven games • missed time due to an injury • named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut in a reserve role at UNLV and helped protect for an offense that totaled a season-high 478 yards (209 rushing, 269 passing) • helped pave the way for the Gophers to rush for a season-high 240 yards against New Hampshire • protected for an offense that passed for four touchdowns against Western Michigan • also played vs. Syracuse, Michigan and Michigan State • blocked for an offense that rushed for 222 yards vs. Texas Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Menasha High School • led team to a 2010 Fox Valley Association co-championship • Bluejays finished 2010 with a 9-2 mark • team finished No. 2 in the Fox Valley Association in total offense and scoring offense • earned first-team all-area honors as a senior • coached by Jeramie Korth.
PERSONAL: Born October 4, 1993 • son of Perry Bush and Jenny Straight • has already earned his degree in kinesiology • working on his master's degree in applied kinesiology: sport management.
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