Minnesota center on Rimington Trophy Watch List
New offense line coach Bart Miller has 16 players to work with this spring, but only five have played in a game
Depth and experience highlight the group of road graters and protectors.
2017 • JUNIOR SEASON: Made his first careet start at center 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) • missed the Middle Tennessee, Maryland and Purdue games with an injury • returned to the lineup and started against Michigan State and helped provide coverage for team to pass for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 10 games and started eight on the offensive line • missed the final three games of the season with an injury • blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdown • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut in a reserve role at right guard against Oregon State • saw extended action against Indiana State and paved the way for Minnesota to gain 593 yards of offense (292 rushing and 301 passing), which is the most the Gophers have gained since they racked up 704 yards against Toledo in 2004 • made his first career start (right guard) against Colorado State and helped team rush for 243 yards and four touchdowns and also provided protection for Minnesota to complete 80 percent (16-of-20) of its 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 • started at left guard 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 (played both guard and center against the Boilermakers) • started at Nebraska.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Did not see game action.
2014: Missed the season with an injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Centerville High School • helped lead his team to an 8-3 record as a senior • named first team All-Southwest District • blocked for an offensive unit that scored more than 30 points in 10 games • protected for a backfield that rushed for 48 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards • coached by Ron Ullery • also lettered in basketball • ranked as a three-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports, while Rivals gave him two stars • Scout listed him as the No. 90 prospect at his position, while 247Sports had him at No. 153 and also ranked him as the 102nd best player in Ohio.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 22, 1996 • son of Frank and Shelley Weyler • Frank played football at Dayton and lettered from 1982-84 • has two brothers.
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