Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Philip Nelson tossed two touchdowns and Michael Carter made two interceptions for Minnesota
MarQueis Gray repeats as Bronko Nagurski Award winner
Freshman Philip Nelson throws for 149 yards and two touchdown passes
MarQueis Gray rushes for 86 yards and a touchdown
Game-By-Game Stats (PDF)
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in and started all 13 games one of two offensive linemen (Josh Campion) to start all 13 games started games at right guard (UNLV and New Hampshire), center (Western Michigan, Syracuse, Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska, Michigan State and Texas Tech) and left guard (Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan and Illinois) received Minnesota's Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Game-by-Game: Helped protect for an offense that totaled a season-high 478 yards (209 rushing, 269 passing) at UNLV and also returned a kickoff for 13 yards 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 246 yards and three touchdowns vs. Purdue blocked for an offense that rushed for 231 yards at Illinois and 222 yards vs. Texas Tech.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in all 12 games and started the last eight along the offensive line. Game-by-Game: Saw action on special teams at USC and vs. New Mexico State saw action as a reserve offensive lineman vs. Miami (Ohio) saw action as a reserve against North Dakota State made first career start at Michigan second career start at Purdue started third consecutive game vs. Nebraska made his fourth start vs. Iowa started at Michigan State part of protection unit that allowed Gophers to pass for season-high 295 yards vs. Spartans started at left guard against Wisconsin started at Northwestern part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 269 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats in starting lineup vs. Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Tremper High School helped lead his team to a 6-5 record in 2009 and a 24-9 record in his three years as a starter earned WFCA All-State honors three-time all-Southeast Conference selection three-time all-Kenosha County selection 2009 Southeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year 2009 winner of the Alan Ameche Award as the top player in Kenosha County named his team's Defensive MVP in 2009 recorded 128 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick on defense as a senior recorded 99 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior in 2008 coached by Frank Matrise.
PERSONAL: Born January 21, 1992 son of Liz and Mark Epping has graduated with a degree in business and marketing education and is continuing his education this fall.