2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
MinnesotaGoldenGophers.png
Citrus Bowl vs. Missouri, L 17–33
Conference Big Ten Conference
West Division
2014 record 8–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Jerry Kill (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover (4th year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys (4th year)
Home stadium TCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 52,525)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
#1 Ohio State x#^   8 0         14 1  
#5T Michigan State   7 1         11 2  
Maryland   4 4         7 6  
Rutgers   3 5         8 5  
Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Penn State   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
West Division
#13 Wisconsin x   7 1         11 3  
Minnesota   5 3         8 5  
Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         6 7  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0
# – College Football Playoff champion
^ – College Football Playoff participant
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 13, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Jerry Kill and played their home games at TCF Bank Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they lost to Missouri.

Preseason[edit]

Heading into their fourth off-season, Jerry Kill's coaching staff at Minnesota suffered their first departure as linebackers and assistant head coach Bill Miller accepted the linebackers coach position at Florida State.[1] After a brief coaching search, the Gophers named Mike Sherels the new linebackers coach. Sherels had an extensive history with the University of Minnesota, playing middle linebacker for the team from 2003-2007 and then serving as a special assistant and then defensive graduate assistant under Jerry Kill from 2011-2013.[2]

The Gophers also saw quarterback Philip Nelson leave the team, announcing his transfer to Rutgers University shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 season.[3] During the off season, Nelson was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly kicking Isaac Kolstad in the head during a late-night scuffle in downtown Mankato, Minnesota. These charges led to Nelson's dismissal from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program on May 14, 2014.[4]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Melvin Holland
WR
Ashburn, VA Briar Woods HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.5 Jan 27, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jeff Jones[5]
RB
Minneapolis, MN Washburn HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.7 Feb 2, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Connor Mayes[6]
OL
Van Alstyne, TX Van Alstyne HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 335 lb (152 kg) 5.4 Jun 17, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Personnel[edit]

2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Maye, K. J.K. J. Maye Jr
QB 2 Roden-McKinzy, DimonicDimonic Roden-McKinzy Fr
TE 3 Gibson, JerryJerry Gibson Fr
WR 4 Jones, DonovahnDonovahn Jones So
QB 5 Streveler, ChrisChris Streveler Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 5 Wilson, DamienDamien Wilson Sr
QB 7 Leidner, MitchMitch Leidner Redshirt.svg So
WR 9 Carter, EricEric Carter Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 12 Reger, WillWill Reger Fr
WR 13 Gant, DesmondDesmond Gant Fr
WR 14 Fruechte, IsaacIsaac Fruechte Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 14 Cosgrove, ConnorConnor Cosgrove Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 15 Rhoda, ConorConor Rhoda Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 16 Jones, JeffJeff Jones Fr
WR 17 Hutton, LoganLogan Hutton Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 18 Perra, JacquesJacques Perra Fr
WR 19 Conway, MichaelMichael Conway Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 20 Kirkwood, DonnellDonnell Kirkwood Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 21 Holland, Jr., MelvinMelvin Holland, Jr. Fr
WR 22 Borchardt, JeffJeff Borchardt Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 23 Sardinha, E. J.E. J. Sardinha Redshirt.svg So
RB 24 Smith, RodneyRodney Smith Fr
WR 25 Wright, DevinDevin Wright Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 26 Smith, BrianBrian Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 27 Cobb, DavidDavid Cobb Sr
WR 29 Tuszynski, LouisLouis Tuszynski Redshirt.svg So
RB 31 Banham, ColeCole Banham Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 32 Edwards, BerkeyBerkey Edwards Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 34 Matilus, JepheteJephete Matilus Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 35 Williams, Jr., RodrickRodrick Williams, Jr. Jr
FB 41 Thomas, MilesMiles Thomas Jr
FB 43 Hartmann, TylerTyler Hartmann Redshirt.svg So
RB 37 Parks, JoshJosh Parks Fr
TE 39 Wozniak, NateNate Wozniak Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 44 Krisch, JacobJacob Krisch Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 47 Bisch, AlexAlex Bisch Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 48 Oldenkamp, MattMatt Oldenkamp Fr
TE 49 Scarver, NoahNoah Scarver Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 52 Epping, ZacZac Epping Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 53 Rasmussen, LukeLuke Rasmussen Fr
OL 55 Mayes, ConnorConnor Mayes Fr
OL 58 Olson, TommyTommy Olson Sr
OL 60 Leidner, MattMatt Leidner Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 62 Weyler, JaredJared Weyler Fr
OL 63 Christenson, JonJon Christenson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 65 Champion, JoshJosh Champion Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 66 McAvoy, LukeLuke McAvoy Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 67 Bobek, BrianBrian Bobek Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 68 Hayes, IsaacIsaac Hayes Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Fahning, ChadChad Fahning Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 McAvoy, KyleKyle McAvoy Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 73 Bjorklund, JoeJoe Bjorklund Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Lenkiewicz, MarekMarek Lenkiewicz Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 75 Heifort, ErnieErnie Heifort Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 76 Mayes, AlexAlex Mayes Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 77 Bush, FosterFoster Bush Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 78 Lauer, BenBen Lauer Redshirt.svg So
OL 79 Pirsig, JonahJonah Pirsig Redshirt.svg So
WR 80 Marmer, AaronAaron Marmer Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 81 Anyanwu, DukeDuke Anyanwu Redshirt.svg So
TE 81 Hart, NickNick Hart Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 82 Wolitarsky, DrewDrew Wolitarsky So
TE 83 Goodger, DrewDrew Goodger Sr
WR 84 Gentry, IsaiahIsaiah Gentry Fr
TE 85 Plsek, LincolnLincoln Plsek Jr
TE 86 Lingen, BrandonBrandon Lingen Fr
TE 88 Williams, MaxxMaxx Williams Redshirt.svg So
WR 89 Krizancic, ConnorConnor Krizancic Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Laster, De'NiroDe'Niro Laster Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 2 Thompson, CedricCedric Thompson Sr
DB 3 Wells, DerrickDerrick Wells Sr
DB 6 Levine, GraysonGrayson Levine Sr
DL 9 Keith, AlexAlex Keith Jr
DB 11 Johnson, AntonioAntonio Johnson Jr
DB 15 Jones, MarcusMarcus Jones Sr
DB 16 Montgomery, StevenSteven Montgomery Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 18 Westerhaus, PeterPeter Westerhaus Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 19 Dicke, CedricCedric Dicke Redshirt.svg So
DT 19 Moore, GaryGary Moore Fr
DB 22 James, CraigCraig James Fr
LB 26 Campbell, De'VondreDe'Vondre Campbell Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 28 Myrick, JalenJalen Myrick So
DB 29 Boddy-Calhoun, BrieanBriean Boddy-Calhoun Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 30 Wipson, ChrisChris Wipson Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 31 Murray, EricEric Murray Jr
DB 32 McKelvey, JohnJohn McKelvey Redshirt.svg So
DB 36 Johnson, CavonteCavonte Johnson Redshirt.svg So
DB 40 Starks, AlexanderAlexander Starks Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 42 Schultz, DominicDominic Schultz Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 45 Ayinde, AdekunleAdekunle Ayinde Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 46 Botticelli, CameronCameron Botticelli Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 48 Alexander, DavisDavis Alexander Fr
LB 50 Lynn, JackJack Lynn Redshirt.svg So
DL 52 Timms, YoshoubYoshoub Timms Redshirt.svg So
DL 55 Cockran, TheirenTheiren Cockran Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 56 Rallis, NickNick Rallis Redshirt.svg So
LB 57 Williams, EverettEverett Williams Fr
LB 59 Dixon, RayRay Dixon Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 69 Carr, JustinJustin Carr Jr
DL 87 Elmore, GaelinGaelin Elmore Fr
DL 90 Peppers, DemarisDemaris Peppers Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 91 Kafo, JulienJulien Kafo Fr
DL 92 Nondo-Lay, RobertRobert Nondo-Lay Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 93 Perry, BenBen Perry Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 94 Legania, HaroldHarold Legania Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 95 Ekpe, HendrickHendrick Ekpe So
DT 96 Richardson, StevenSteven Richardson Fr
DL 97 Ekpe, ScottScott Ekpe Jr
DL 98 Amaefula, MichaelMichael Amaefula Sr
DE 99 Stelter, AndrewAndrew Stelter Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 18 Santoso, RyanRyan Santoso Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 25 Jordahl, PaytonPayton Jordahl Fr
K 33 Harte, AndrewAndrew Harte Redshirt.svg Fr
P 34 McElfresh, LoganLogan McElfresh Fr
P 37 Mortell, PeterPeter Mortell Redshirt.svg Jr
K 38 Carpenter, EmmitEmmit Carpenter Fr
LS 40 Hartmann, JaredJared Hartmann Redshirt.svg Jr
P 41 Eldred, ChristianChristian Eldred Sr
K 42 Juenemann, JustinJustin Juenemann Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 49 Ramlet, DaveDave Ramlet Redshirt.svg Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tracy Claeys (Associate Head Coach)
  • Matt Limegrover (Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line)
  • Brian Anderson (Running Backs)
  • Jeff Phelps (Defensive Line)
  • Pat Poore (Wide Receivers)
  • Rob Reeves (H-Backs / Tight Ends)
  • Jay Sawvel (Defensive Backs / Special Teams)
  • Mike Sherels (Linebackers)
  • Jim Zebrowski (Quarterbacks / Passing Game Coordinator)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 6:00 PM #16 (FCSEastern Illinois* TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 42–20   44,344
September 6 2:30 PM Middle Tennessee* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 35–24   47,223
September 13 3:00 PM at TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX FS1 L 7–30   43,958
September 20 3:00 PM San Jose State* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 24–7   47,739
September 27 2:30 PM at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Battle for the Little Brown Jug) ABC/ESPN2 W 30–14   102,926
October 11 11:00 AM Northwestern TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 24–17   49,051
October 18 11:00 AM Purduedagger TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 39–38   51,241
October 25 11:00 AM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPNU L 24–28   44,437
November 8 11:00 AM Iowa TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN2 W 51–14   49,680
November 15 11:00 AM #8 Ohio State TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN ABC L 24–31   45,778
November 22 11:00 AM at #21 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) ESPN W 28–24   91,186
November 29 2:30 PM at #14 Wisconsin #22 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) BTN L 24–34   80,341
January 1 12:00 PM vs. #16 Missouri* Orlando Citrus Bowl StadiumOrlando, FL (Citrus Bowl) ABC L 17–33   48,624
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Game notes[edit]

Eastern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 20 20
Golden Gophers 7 7 7 21 42

Middle Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0 0 17 7 24
Golden Gophers 7 21 7 0 35

TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 0 0 7 7
Horned Frogs 10 14 6 0 30

San Jose State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 7 0 0 0 7
Golden Gophers 10 7 0 7 24

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 10 17 3 30
Wolverines 0 7 0 7 14

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 0 7 17
Golden Gophers 7 7 0 10 24

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 14 17 7 0 38
Golden Gophers 14 6 16 3 39

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 3 21 0 24
Fighting Illini 14 0 7 7 28

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 0 0 7 14
Golden Gophers 7 28 7 9 51

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Buckeyes 14 3 7 7 31
Golden Gophers 0 14 0 10 24

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 7 0 14 7 28
#21 Cornhuskers 7 14 3 0 24

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Golden Gophers 14 3 0 7 24
#14 Badgers 3 10 7 14 34

Missouri (Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Tigers 0 10 9 14 33
Golden Gophers 7 0 10 0 17

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV NR NR RV RV 22 RV RV RV 
Coaches' RV RV RV NR NR RV RV RV 24 RV RV RV RV 22 25 RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR 25 25 18 NR 25 Not released


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