Gophers place two tight ends on preseason Mackey Award watch list
Gophers have five tight ends on spring roster, but only two are healthy
Minnesota held its annual awards banquet on Sunday afternoon
Minnesota has passed for 68 touchdowns since 2011 and 29 of those passes were caught by a tight end
2017 • SENIOR SEASON: Caught one pass for five yards against Buffalo • 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) • caught two passes for 52 yards against Middle Tennessee, which included a career-long 50-yard reception • made two catches for 29 yards against Maryland and started at Purdue • made one catch for eight yards against Michigan State • started and helped block for an offense that rushed for 292 yards against Illinois.
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Started in all 13 games and made 13 catches for 135 yards • blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns (most since 2005). Game-by-Game: Started against Oregon State and caught three passes for 33 yards • made one catch for 26 yards against Indiana State • had two receptions for 22 yards against Colorado State • caught one pass for two yards at Penn State and one for nine yards against Iowa • started at Maryland and against Rutgers, but did not record any statistics • made two catches for 14 yards at Illinois • competed against Purdue • caught one pass for 11 yards at Nebraska and against Northwestern • started at Wisconsin • made one catch for seven yards against Washington State.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started 12 • caught eight passes for 75 yards • helped block for an offense that passed for 2,793 yards (most since 2008) and 15 touchdowns (most since 2010) and one that rushed for 1,873 yards and 17 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his first career start against TCU and caught one pass for five yards • made two catches for 12 yards at Colorado State • hauled in three passes for 40 yards against Kent State • competed against Ohio, Northwestern and at Purdue, but did not record any statistics • started against Nebraska and Michigan • caught one pass for seven yards at Ohio State • competed at Iowa, against Illinois and against Wisconsin • caught one pass for 11 yards against Central Michigan.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in five games • made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois, but did not record any statistics • saw action as a reserve against San Jose State • played on special teams against Purdue • played on offense and on special teams against Iowa • played on special teams against Missouri • Academic All-Big Ten.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Center Grove High School • led team to a 12-2 record as a senior and advanced to the Class 5A semifinals • member of the 2012 The Indianapolis Star Super Team • caught 28 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns • coached by Eric Moore • was a three-star recruit, No. 39 tight end in the nation and 13th best prospect in Indiana according to Rivals.com • Scout.com ranked as a three-star recruit and as the No. 61 tight end in the nation • ESPN gave him a three-star rating and ranked him as the No. 17 player in Indiana, while 247sports.com had him as the No. 14 player in the state.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 30, 1994 • son of Amy Wozniak • has two siblings.
Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 7
Football's P.J. Fleck and Rowing's AnnMarie McNamara & Lindsey Eliasen are this week's guests on Ski-U-Mah Weekly.
McCrary Keeps On Trucking
The Gophers offense has a pair and a spare at the running back position this season. Having a spare like Kobe McCrary is a luxury for the Maroon and Gold.
McCrary, Gophers Run Past Illinois 24-17
Kobe McCrary rushed for 153 yards and Jonathan Celestin added an interception return for a touchdown as Minnesota beat Illinois, 24-17.