Carpenter named first team, while Richardson, Santoso and Smith receive second-team honors
Gophers have had between four and six healthy offensive linemen all spring
Minnesota offensive lineman was also a standout tennis player in high school
New offense line coach Bart Miller has 16 players to work with this spring, but only five have played in a game
USATSI Photos from Minnesota vs. Purdue. Saturday Oct. 7, 2017
2017 • SENIOR SEASON: Started at left guard 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 • recovered one fumble and 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 • JUNIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games on the offensive line • blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Started at left tackle against Oregon State where he protected for an offense that rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 130 yards • paved the way for Minnesota to gain 593 yards of offense (292 rushing and 301 passing) against Indiana State, which is the most the Gophers have gained since they racked up 704 yards against Toledo in 2004 • blocking against Colorado State helped team rush for 243 yards and four touchdowns and enabled Mitch Leidner to complete 80 percent (16-of-20) of his passes • protected for an offense that gained 469 yards (228 rushing and 241 passing) at Penn State and helped Rodney Smith (104 yards) and Shannon Brooks (100 yards) become the first Minnesota running backs to each gain 100 yards in a Big Ten game since Laurence Maroney (129 yards) and Gary Russell (128 yards) did so at Michigan in 2005 • competed against Iowa • blocked for an offense that rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns at Maryland • 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 right guard 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 three seasons at Butler Community College, which included a redshirt his first year • helped lead the Grizzlies to a 9-2 record and a No. 5 ranking as a sophomore • named First Team All-Jayhawk Conference as he blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,087 yards and 36 touchdowns and passed for 2,160 yards and 16 scores • as a freshman, team finished 8-3 and he helped pave the way for the offense to rush for 1,822 yards and 27 touchdowns and pass for 3,400 yards and 28 touchdowns • consensus three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports • will have two seasons of eligibility at Minnesota.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Marysville High School in Marysville, Kan. • coached by Eddie Minor • also played basketball and tennis in high school and became the third student from Marysville to achieve the 1,100-pound club (combined figures from bench press, squat and clean lifts) in weightlifting.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 25, 1994 • son of Robin and Laurie Wright • has one brother (Landon) and one sister (Olivia) • brother, Landon, played football at Highland Community College, while uncle, Ross Wright, played at Emporia State.
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