2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Quick Lane Bowl champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2015 record 6–7 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Jerry Kill (first 7 games, 5th year)
Tracy Claeys
(interim 2 games/HC last 3 games)
Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover (5th season)
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys (5th season)
Captain K. J. Maye (4th year)
Captain Mitch Leidner (4th year)
Captain Briean Boddy-Calhoun (3rd year)
Captain Eric Murray (4th year)
Home stadium TCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 52,525)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Jerry Kill, who retired October 28, 2015 due to health reasons. Tracy Claeys[1] replaced Kill on an interim basis and was named head coach two weeks later.[2] The Gophers played their home games at TCF Bank Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. Minnesota finished the regular season with a record of 5–7, 2–6 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for fifth place in the West Division. Despite finishing below .500, the Gophers were invited to the Quick Lane Bowl versus Central Michigan due to there not being enough bowl eligible teams and Minnesota's high Academic Performance Rating.[3] Minnesota defeated Central Michigan 21–14 to finish the season 6–7.

Recruiting[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Beebe, Colton
FB
Kansas City, KS Piper HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 4.75 Dec 17, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 71
Brooks, Shannon
RB
Jasper, GA Pickens County HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 4.56 Sep 11, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Buford, Ray
ATH
Southfield, MI Southfield HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 4.65 Jul 19, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 75
Connelly, Nick
OL
Red Wing, MN Red Wing HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 269 lb (122 kg) 5.04 Jun 24, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Craighton, Alonzo
DB
Geismar, LA Dutchtown HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 4.60 Oct 13, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 77
Croft, Demry
QB
Rockford, IL Boylan Catholic HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 4.66 Jun 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
DeLattiboudere, Winston
DL
Ellicott City, MD Howard HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 4.78 Feb 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: NR
Dovich, Bronson
OL
Chaska, MN Chaska HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 290 lb (130 kg) N/A May 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Femi-Cole, Jonathan
RB
Aurora, ON, CN St. Andrew's College 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 4.59 Jul 19, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Hall, Mose
DL
Mobile, AL Murphy HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 5.03 Jan 27, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Hardin, Kiante
ATH
Webb City, MO Webb City HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 4.55 Oct 14, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Huff, Jacob
DB
Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 4.65 Jun 5, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 76
Huff, Julian
LB
Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.70 Jun 5, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 75
Johannesson, James
RB
Fargo, ND Fargo South HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 4.55 Aug 22, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Johnson, Dior
DB
Southfield, MI Southfield HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) N/A Jan 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 75
Moore, Tyler
OL
Houston, TX North Shore HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 317 lb (144 kg) N/A Dec 16, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 77
Oseland, Quinn
OL
Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Griffin HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 303 lb (137 kg) 5.53 Aug 13, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 76
Register, Hunter
WR
Lafayette, LA Ovey Comeaux HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 4.58 Jan 21, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Rogers, Charlie
DB
Iowa City, IA Iowa Western CC (JC) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 4.47 Dec 3, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 78
Shenault, Antonio
DB
Roselle, IL Lake Park HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.61 Oct 9, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Stieber, Ted
OL
Akron, OH Archbishop Hoban HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 298 lb (135 kg) 5.86 Jun 18, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Still, Rashad
WR
El Paso, TX Andress HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.50 Jan 24, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 79
Waters, Jaylen
LB
Copperas Cove, TX Copperas Cove HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.63 Jul 21, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 77
Witham, Bryce
TE
Grand Rapids, MI West Catholic HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.68 Jan 26, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 56   Rivals: 52  247Sports: 63  ESPN: 62
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

Minnesota faced all six Big Ten West Division opponents: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin. The Gophers also faced Big Ten East Division opponents Michigan and Ohio State.[4] Minnesota played four non-conference games: TCU of the Big 12 Conference, Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference, and Kent State and Ohio of the Mid-American Conference. Minnesota had one bye week during the season between their games against Nebraska and Michigan.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 8:00 PM #2 TCU* TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ESPN L 17–23   54,147[5]
September 12 2:30 PM at Colorado State* Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO CBSSN W 23–20   32,500[6]
September 19 11:00 AM Kent State* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 10–7   52,823[7]
September 26 2:30 PM Ohio*dagger TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 27–24   53,917[8]
October 3 11:00 AM at #16 Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN L 0–27   30,044[9]
October 10 2:30 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPNU W 41–13   33,780[10]
October 17 2:30 PM Nebraska TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) ESPN2 L 25–48   54,062[11]
October 31 6:00 PM #15 Michigan TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN L 26–29   50,789[12]
November 7 7:00 PM at #1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 14–28   108,075[13]
November 14 7:00 PM at #8 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) BTN L 35–40   70,585[14]
November 21 11:00 AM Illinois TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN ESPNews W 32–23   47,976
November 28 2:30 PM Wisconsin TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ABC L 21–31   52,850
December 28 4:00 PM vs. Central Michigan* Ford FieldDetroit, MI (Quick Lane Bowl) ESPN2 W 21–14   34,217
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 K. J. Maye (C) Sr
WR 2 Isaiah Gentry Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 7 Mitch Leidner (C) Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 9 Eric Carter Redshirt.svg So
QB 11 Demry Croft Fr
WR 12 Hunter Register Fr
WR 14 Chris Streveler So
WR 15 Desmond Gant Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 15 Conor Rhoda Redshirt.svg So
WR 16 Jeff Jones Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 18 Jacques Perra Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 19 Michael Conway Redshirt.svg So
WR 20 Adam Mayer Fr
WR 21 Melvin Holland Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 22 Jeff Borchardt Redshirt.svg So
WR 23 E.J. Sardinha Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 24 Rodney Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 27 Shannon Brooks Fr
RB 27 James Johannesson Fr
RB 28 Jonathan Femi-Cole Fr
RB 28 Jerry Gibson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 29 Louis Tuszynski Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 32 Berkley Edwards Redshirt.svg So
RB 35 Rodrick Williams Sr
WR 37 Charlie Greif Fr
FB 41 Miles Thomas Sr
FB 43 Tyler Hartmann Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 44 Gabe Mezzenga Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 44 Jacob Kirsch Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 44 Colton Beebe Fr
TE 45 Nick Hart Redshirt.svg So
TE 49 Bryce Witham Fr
OL 53 Luke Rasmussen Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 55 Connor Mayes So
OL 58 Quinn Oseland Fr
OL 60 Matt Leidner Redshirt.svg So
OL 61 Bronson Dovich Fr
OL 62 Jared Weyler Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 63 Jon Christenson Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 64 Matt Oldenkamp Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 65 Josh Campion Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 66 Ted Stieber Fr
OL 67 Brian Bobek Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 68 Issac Hayes Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 70 Chad Fahning Redshirt.svg So
OL 71 Tyler Moore Fr
OL 73 Joe Bjorklund Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 74 Nick Connelly Fr
OL 75 Noah Kuehn Fr
OL 76 Alex Mayes Redshirt.svg So
OL 77 Foster Bush Redshirt.svg Sr
OT 78 Ben Lauer Redshirt.svg Jr
OT 79 Jonah Pirsig Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 80 Nate Wozniak Redshirt.svg So
TE 81 Duke Anyanwu Redshirt.svg So
WR 82 Drew Wolitarsky Jr
TE 83 Noah Scarver Redshirt.svg So
WR 84 Will Reger Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 85 Lincoln Plsek Sr
TE 86 Brandon Lingen So
WR 88 Rashad Still Fr
WR 89 Matt Morse Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Dior Johnson Fr
DB 3 KiAnte Hardin Fr
DB 4 Adekunle Ayinde Redshirt.svg So
DB 5 Jalen Myrick Jr
DB 6 Ace Rogers Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 7 Damarius Travis Sr
DB 8 Daletavious McGhee Redshirt.svg So
DL 9 Alex Keith Sr
DB 11 Antonio Johnson Sr
LB 12 Cody Poock Redshirt.svg So
LB 13 Jonathan Celestin So
DB 14 Zo Craighton Fr
LB 15 Everett Williams So
DB 17 Jacob Huff Fr
LB 18 Peter Westerhaus Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 19 Cedric Dicke Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 20 Julian Huff Fr
DB 22 Craig James So
DB 25 Ray Buford Fr
LB 26 De'Vondre Campbell Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 29 Briean Boddy-Calhoun (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 30 Chris Wipson Redshirt.svg So
DB 31 Eric Murray (C) Sr
DB 33 John McKelvey Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 34 Antonio Shenault Fr
LB 35 Jaylen Waters Fr
DB 36 Blake Cashman Fr
DB 40 Alexander Starks Redshirt.svg So
DL 46 Winston DeLattiboudere Fr
LB 48 Blake Weber So
LB 50 Jack Lynn Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 52 Yoshoub Timms Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 55 Thieren Cockran Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 56 Nick Rallis Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 57 Joey Mydra Fr
LB 59 Ray Dixon Redshirt.svg So
DL 69 Justin Carr Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 87 Cavonte Johnson Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 87 Gaelin Elmore So
DL 90 Sam Renner Fr
DE 91 Julien Kafo Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 92 Robert Ndondo-Lay Redshirt.svg Sr
DT 94 Mose Hall Fr
DL 95 Hendrick Ekpe Jr
DT 96 Steven Richardson So
DL 97 Scott Ekpe Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 98 Kevin Lapham Fr
DE 99 Andrew Stelter So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 18 Ryan Santoso Redshirt.svg So
LS 25 Payton Jordahl Redshirt.svg Fr
K 33 Andrew Harte Redshirt.svg So
P 34 Logan McElfresh Redshirt.svg Fr
P 37 Peter Mortell Redshirt.svg Sr
K 38 Emmit Carpenter Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 39 Trey Hansen Fr
LS 40 Chase Samuels Fr
K 42 Justin Juenemann Redshirt.svg So
P 47 Jacob Herbers Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brian Anderson (Wide Receivers)
  • Matt Limegrover (Offensive coordinator
  • Dan O'Brien (Asst. Defensive Backs / Co-Special Teams Coordinator / Asst. to the Head Coach)
  • Jeff Phelps (Defensive Line)
  • Pat Poore (Running Backs / Co-Special Teams Coordinator)
  • Rob Reeves (H-Backs / Tight Ends)
  • Jay Sawvel (Defensive Backs)
  • Mike Sherels (Linebackers)
  • Jim Zebrowski (Quarterbacks)

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

Roster
Last update: December 31, 2015

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tracy Claeys named University of Minnesota football coach". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Gophers could still be eligible for bowl berth". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  4. ^ "2015-2016 Schedule". University of Minnesota Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 4, 2015). "Gophers Drop Their Chances to Knock off Horned Frogs". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 13, 2015). "Gophers Need OT to Top Colorado State 23-20". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 20, 2015). "Signals About QB Are Mixed After Gophers Sputter in Win Over Kent State". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 27, 2015). "Gophers Score on Final Drive to Escape with Win Over Ohio". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ Arnold, Jeff (October 4, 2015). "Gophers Drop the Ball in Big Ten Opener". Post-Bulletin. Rochester, MN. Associated Press. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
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  11. ^ Christensen, Joe (October 18, 2015). "Nebraska Overpowers Gophers for 48-25 Victory". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ Christensen, Joe (October 31, 2015). "Gophers-Michigan Game Recap". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ Christensen, Joe (November 8, 2015). "Too Little, Too Late As Gophers Fall 28-14 to Ohio State". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ Christensen, Joe (November 15, 2015). "Iowa Keeps U Hog-Tied". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved November 18, 2015.