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
Freshman Philip Nelson throws for 149 yards and two touchdown passes
Fall Academic All-Big Ten teams boast several Gopher Standouts
2013 SENIOR SEASON: Made his season debut against UNLV did not compete in the next four games as he was limited by an ankle injury returned to action at Michigan where he competed on special teams saw time at left tackle at Northwestern started his first game of the season at left tackle against Nebraska and blocked for a unit that generated 430 yards of total offense (271 rushing yards) protected for an offense that totaled 573 yards at Indiana and 381 yards against Penn State started 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.
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in nine games, starting the first six and final three at left tackle missed four straight games in the middle of the season with an injury. Game-by-Game: Provided protection at UNLV as Minnesota 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 part of a protection unit that allowed Minnesota to pass for 217 yards and four touchdowns vs. Western Michigan blocked for an offense that rushed for 222 yards vs. Texas Tech named Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 12 games and had 10 starts at left tackle named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Started at left tackle in season-opener at USC helped produce offensive output of five yards per play vs. Trojans started at left tackle against New Mexico State and helped lead way to season-high 419 yards of total offense helped pave way for Gophers' 236 yards rushing in win over Miami (Ohio) started at left tackle against North Dakota State started at left tackle at Michigan started at left tackle at Purdue made 15th career start at left tackle vs. Nebraska started at left tackle vs. Iowa started at left tackle at Michigan State part of protection unit that allowed Gophers to pass for season-high 295 yards vs. Spartans started his 18th career game at left tackle vs. Wisconsin saw action as a reserve against Northwestern part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 269 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats saw action at left tackle against Illinois.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON: Started eight games in 2010 at left tackle. Game-by-Game: Earned the start in the season-opening, 24-17 win at Middle Tennessee State offense accounted for school record 45:34 of possession time, accounted for 27 first downs and 281 rushing yards vs. Blue Raiders started in losses to South Dakota, Southern California and Northern Illinois saw action in loss to Northwestern returned to starting lineup vs. Wisconsin, Purdue and Penn State saw action as a reserve vs. Ohio State started in the loss at Michigan State.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Mahtomedi High School led his team to Class 4A state runner-up finish as a junior in 2007 earned 2008 first-team all-state honors from the AP, St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Football Coaches Association earned all-metro honors from the Minneapolis Star Tribune named honorable mention all-state by the AP following his junior season was a three-year starter anchored an offensive line that paved the way for a back-to-back 2,000-yard rusher three-year letterwinner named team's most valuable lineman as a junior and senior served as a team captain in 2008 coached by Dave Muetzel.
PERSONAL: Born October 5, 1990 son of Ed and Kelly Olson following his father's footsteps at Minnesota Ed Sr. played for the Gophers from 1980-82 played in the 2007 Prep Bowl, alongside his brother Tommy, who is a junior for the Gophers working on his postgraduate degree.
Game 8: Minnesota at Illinois
Minnesota plays at Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game can be seen on BTN and can be heard on KFAN.
Double OT With Coach Claeys After Rutgers
Coach Claeys answered more questions after his Facebook Live show last night.
Smith Honored By B1G
Rodney Smith was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the week after recording 257 all-purpose yards against Rutgers.