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
2014 SENIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games at center protected for an offense that rushed for 2,801 yards and 32 touchdowns named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media shared Offensive Linemen of the Year honors with Zac Epping Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Started against Eastern Illinois and helped the Gophers rush for 182 yards and four touchdowns and pass for 144 yards and one touchdown paved the way for Minnesota to rush for 284 yards, including a career-high 220 by David Cobb, against Middle Tennessee started at TCU protected for an offense that rushed for 380 yards against San Jose State provided protection for an offense that rushed for 206 yards and passed for 167 yards at Michigan helped team average 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 helped protect for an offense that passed for 240 yards and rushed for 171 yards at Illinois proctected 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 started at Wisconsin as team rushed for 177 yards protected for an offense that passed for 267 yards and one touchdown against Missouri.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Moved from guard to center prior to the season played in 13 games and started the last four of the season at center for the injured Jon Christenson returned three kickoffs for 30 yards named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action against UNLV, at New Mexico State and against Western Illinois played on special teams against San Jose State and Iowa returned three kickoffs at Michigan for 30 yards and competed at Northwestern played on special teams against Nebraska replaced an injured Jon Christenson at center at Indiana and helped protect for an offense that totaled 573 yards started against Penn State and helped team generate 381 yards of offense 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 protected for a unit that passed for two touchdowns and garnered 350 yards of offense against Syracuse.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in seven games started six at left guard missed time with an injury named Academic All-Big Ten. 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 saw action as a reserve against Purdue and helped allow Minnesota to pass for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 11 games with three starts at right guard at Purdue, against Nebraska and versus Iowa. Game-by-Game: Saw action on special teams at USC, returning a kickoff for 16 yards saw special teams action vs. New Mexico State and in win against Miami (Ohio), where he returned two kicks for 21 yards saw action as reserve against North Dakota State, Wisconsin and at Northwestern part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 269 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats saw action as reserve in win against Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Mahtomedi High School led team to a 10-3 record in 2010, advancing to the state semifinals played in the Class 4A Prep Bowl as a freshman team rushed for more than 270 yards per game and averaged more than six yards per carry earned Second-Team All-America honors from Rivals.com named Classic Suburban Conference Lineman of the Year named to the Minnesota Vikings 2010 All-State team two-time Associated Press All-State honoree two-time All-Metro selection by KARE-11 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was all-conference in each of his four seasons coached by Dave Muetzel.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 21, 1992 son of Ed and Kelly Olson father was a three-time letterwinner for the Gophers from 1980-82 brother Ed played offensive line for the Gophers from 2010-14 and was a four-year letterwinner.
Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 6
P.J. Fleck, Jenny Hansen and Abby DeMuse are this week's guests on Ski-U-Mah Weekly which streams on Facebook every Monday.
Game 7: Illinois at Minnesota
Minnesota hosts Illinois at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The game can be watched on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.
Gopher Rally Falls Short in 30-27 Loss
Demry Croft connected with Tyler Johnson for three fourth quarter touchdowns, but #21 Michigan State held on for a 30-27 victory over Minnesota.