2017 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Started all 12 games on the offensive line (six at center and six at right guard) • protected for an offense that rushed for 2,189 yards and 20 touchdowns and passed for 1,513 yards and nine scores • offensive line allowed only 22 sacks and 62 tackles for loss • received team's Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year award. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut when he started at right guard against Buffalo • blocked for an offense that passed for 239 yards and rushed for 169 yards • played both guard and center at Oregon State and blocked for an offense that scored 48 points (most on the road for Minnesota since scoring 49 at Northwestern in 1980) and also rushed 58 times (most since team rushed 59 times against Iowa in 2014) for 253 yards (most against an FBS opponent since rushing for 326 yards at Purdue in 2015) and five touchdowns (most since rushing for five against Illinois and Purdue in 2016) • started at center against Middle Tennessee and blocked for two 100-yard backs in Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary • started at center and blocked for an offense that passed for 229 yards against Maryland • started at center at Purdue • started at guard against Michigan State and helped provide coverage for team to pass for 216 yards and three touchdowns • started and blocked for an offense that rushed for 292 yards against Illinois • started at Iowa and at Michigan • started at center against Nebraska and blocked for an offense that rushed for 409 yards (eighth most in school history) and six touchdowns (most since 2013) • started at center at Northwestern and against Wisconsin.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Monticello High School • played along both the offensive and defensive line and led the Magic to a 10-2 overall record and a 9-1 mark in conference play in 2015 • named Associated Press First Team All-State as an offensive lineman • as a senior, blocked for an offense that averaged 39.6 points per game, including six games over 40 points • paved the way for the state's fourth-highest rushing attack • coached by Jason Telecky • also lettered in track • ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and ESPN • 247Sports and ESPN ranked him as the No. 12 prospect in the state, while Rivals had him at No. 13 • Scout listed him as the No. 1 guard in Minnesota, No. 7 guard in the Midwest and the No. 33 guard in the nation, while 247Sports had him at No. 48 at his position • 247Sports tabbed him as the No. 1 guard in the state, while ESPN had him as the No. 3 offensive lineman prospect in Minnesota and Rivals listed him at No. 4.
PERSONAL: Born May 18, 1998 • son of Tim and Isabelle Olson • has one brother (Birk) and one sister (Isabelle) • brother Birk is a senior linebacker at Princeton.
Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 14
12/11/2017 - Football
Former Gopher Basketball player Spencer Tollackson joined Justin Gaard on Ski-U-Mah Weekly Dec. 11 to talk Minnesota Basketball and more!
Vote O’Brien for Uplifting Athletes Award
12/11/2017 - Football
Gophers walk-on holder and two-time cancer survivor Casey O'Brien is one of four finalists for Rare Disease Champion Award.
B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics
12/6/2017 - Football
Ninety-five University of Minnesota student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office.