One senior and eight underclassmen highlight group of tight ends, while two veterans form fullback pairing
Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Postgame notes from the Gophers' 21-13 homecoming loss to Northwestern
Gophers welcome newest class of football players
The latest episode of Brick by Brick takes you behind the scenes in Michigan.
USATSPI: Minnesota vs. No. 25 Nebraska - 10/26/13
2015 • SENIOR SEASON: Missed the season with an injury.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games and started one • caught five passes for 53 yards • protected for an offense that rushed for 2,801 yards and 32 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Competed against Eastern Illinois • saw action on offense and on special teams against Middle Tennessee • caught two passes for 19 yards at TCU • helped protect for an offense that rushed for 380 yards against San Jose State • caught one pass for 21 yards at Michigan and blocked for an offense that averaged 5.1 yards-per-play against Northwestern • protected for an offense that scored 39 points, rushed for 285 yards and passed for 165 yards against Purdue • protected for an offense that passed for 240 yards and rushed for 171 yards at Illinois • saw action against Iowa and Ohio State • protected for an offense that rushed for 291 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 131 yards and four touchdowns against Iowa • helped Minnesota rush for 218 yards against Ohio State • blocked for an offense that rushed for 281 yards and four touchdowns at Nebraska • protected for an offense that rushed for 177 yards at Wisconsin • caught two passes for 13 yards against Missouri and provided protection for Minnesota to pass for 267 yards and one touchdown.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games and started against Iowa • named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action against UNLV, at New Mexico State, against Western Illinois and San Jose State, but did not record any statistics • started against Iowa, but did not record any statistics • played at Michigan and at Northwestern • helped block for a unit that generated 430 yards of total offense (271 rushing yards) in a win against Nebraska • protected for an offense that totaled 573 yards at Indiana and 381 yards against Penn State • played against Wisconsin and at Michigan State where he helped the Gophers become the second team to rush for more than 100 yards (124 yards) against the Spartans • protected for a unit that passed for two touchdowns and garnered 350 yards of offense against Syracuse.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in the final eight games of the season • made three catches for 22 yards. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Northwestern and had one catch for 9 yards • made one catch at Wisconsin • saw action vs. Purdue, but did not record any statistics • made one catch for 10 yards vs. Michigan and also returned a kickoff 11 yards • played at Illinois, at Nebraska, vs. Michigan State and vs. Texas Tech, but did not record any statistics.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Reicher High School • earned first-team all-state honors as a defensive lineman as a senior • named First-Team Super Centex (Central Texas) by the Waco Tribune in 2011 • earned first-team all-district honors on defense and second-team all-district accolades as an offensive lineman in 2011 • earned second-team all-district recognition as an offensive lineman as a junior • named honorable mention Super Centex as an offensive lineman in 2010 • invited to participate in the Tom Hillary DFW Classic all-star game • coached by Mark Waggoner.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 18, 1994 • son of Jennifer and Robert Plsek.
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