Gophers have had between four and six healthy offensive linemen all spring
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2017 • JUNIOR SEASON: Started at left tackle against Buffalo and blocked for an offense that passed for 239 yards and rushed for 169 yards • blocked for an offense that scored 48 points (most on the road for Minnesota since scoring 49 at Northwestern in 1980) at Oregon State 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 against Middle Tennessee and blocked for two 100-yard backs in Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary • blocked for an offense that passed for 229 yards against Maryland • started at Purdue • started against Michigan State and helped provide coverage for team to pass for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games and started the final eight games of the season on the offensive line • blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut against Oregon State and saw action on special teams • saw extensive action on offense as a reserve against Indiana State • competed on special teams against Colorado State and at Penn State • played on special teams and on offense as a reserve against Iowa • made his first career start (left tackle) at Maryland and helped block for an offense that rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns • started against Rutgers and helped pave the way for Minnesota to rush for 243 yards and three touchdowns • blocked for an offense that rushed for five touchdowns at Illinois and one that rushed for 235 yards and five touchdowns against Purdue • started at Nebraska • blocked for an offense that rushed for two scores and threw for one against Northwestern • started at Wisconsin and against Washington State.
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Spent two seasons at Coffeyville Community College • played as a true freshman in 2014 before redshirting in 2015 • in 2014, started all 12 games and protected for an offense that passed for 3,427 yards and 41 touchdowns and one that rushed for 2,671 yards and 22 scores • ranked as a three-star transfer prospect by Rivals and received two stars from Scout and 247Sports.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of Kell High School in Marietta, Ga. • helped lead team to a 13-1 record and a berth in the state semifinals • protected for an offense that passed for 2,385 yards and 25 touchdowns • blocked for an offense that rushed for 3,137 yards and 37 scores • notched 85 tackles on defense, which included five sacks for a loss of 33 yards • first team All-State honoree on defense • coached by Derek Cook.
PERSONAL: Born on November 9, 1995 • son of Toriano and Heather Sparrow • has three sisters (Tanea, Mariah and Ashley).
Elite Access: Minnesota Preps for BTN Tailgate!
Go behind the scenes of BTN Tailgate on Set-Up Day -- the BTN pregame show is coming to Minneapolis for Gophers-Fighting Illini!
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Gophers Will Host Indiana On Oct. 26, 2018
Minnesota will welcome Indiana to TCF Bank Stadium for the first time ever in 2018. The Big Ten Conference announced today that the game will now be played on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.