Gophers have had between four and six healthy offensive linemen all spring
Gophers collectively rushed 58 times for 275 yards and one touchdown in spring game
New offense line coach Bart Miller has 16 players to work with this spring, but only five have played in a game
2017 • SENIOR SEASON: Played on special teams against Buffalo • as a reserve, 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) • competed against Middle Tennessee and blocked for two 100-yard backs in Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary • started at left guard and blocked for an offense that passed for 229 yards against Maryland • started at Purdue • started against Michigan State but left the game with an injury.
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 10 games and started seven on the offensive line • missed the Colorado State, Penn State and Wisconsin games with an injury • blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut and started at right guard against Oregon State where he protected for an offense that rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 130 yards • paved the way for Minnesota to gain 593 yards of offense (292 rushing and 301 passing) against Indiana State, which is the most the Gophers have gained since they racked up 704 yards against Toledo in 2004 • missed the Colorado State and Penn State games with an injury • returned to the lineup and started at right 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, which was the most for Minnesota since it rushed for six against San Jose State in 2013 • played as a reserve against Purdue and blocked for an offense that rushed for 235 yards and five touchdowns • saw action at Nebraska • started at right guard against Northwestern and blocked for an offense that rushed for two scores and threw for one • competed against Washington State.
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Spent two seasons at Southwest Mississippi Community College and earned NJCAA Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore when he helped pave the way for the Bears to pass for 1,572 yards and 12 touchdowns and rush for 1,312 yards and 11 scores in nine games • allowed only two sacks while playing tackle all season and was also named to the NJCAA's All-Region team, selected MACJC First Team All-South and named the South's Most Valuable Lineman • as a freshman, blocked for an offense that rushed for 1,947 yards and 15 touchdowns and passed for 1,076 yards and 10 scores in eight games • ranked as a three-star transfer prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports, while Rivals gave him two stars • enrolled at Minnesota in January 2016 with two years of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga. • named first-team all-region as a senior and junior, despite the Knights finishing with records of 3-7 and 5-6 respectively • also wrestled in high school.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 24, 1994 • son of Vincent and Thema Calhoun • father played football at Alabama • has three brothers (Chris, Daniel and Antonio) and one sister (Sydney).
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