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
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.