2019 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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2019 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 11
CFPNo. 10
2019 record9–1 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachP. J. Fleck (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorKirk Ciarrocca (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Rossi (2nd season)
Home stadiumTCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 50,805)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Ohio State   7 0         10 0  
No. 8 Penn State   6 1         9 1  
No. 13 Michigan   5 2         8 2  
Indiana   4 3         7 3  
Michigan State   2 5         4 6  
Maryland   1 6         3 7  
Rutgers   0 7         2 7  
West Division
No. 10 Minnesota   6 1         9 1  
No. 12 Wisconsin   5 2         8 2  
Illinois   4 3         6 4  
No. 17 Iowa   4 3         7 3  
Purdue   3 4         4 6  
Nebraska   2 5         4 6  
Northwestern   0 7         2 8  
Championship: December 7, 2019
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 21, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represents the University of Minnesota in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Golden Gophers play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and compete in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They are led by third-year head coach P. J. Fleck.

Previous season[edit]

The Golden Gophers finished the 2018 season 7–6, 3–6 in Big Ten play to finish tied for fifth place in the West Division. They were invited to the Quick Lane Bowl, where they defeated Georgia Tech.

Preseason[edit]

Preseason Big Ten poll[edit]

Although the Big Ten Conference has not held an official preseason poll since 2010, Cleveland.com has polled sports journalists representing all member schools as a de facto preseason media poll since 2011. For the 2019 poll, Minnesota was projected to finish in sixth in the West Division.[1]

Media poll (West Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Nebraska 198 (14)
2 Iowa 194.5 (14)
3 Wisconsin 172.5 (4)
4 Northwestern 142.5 (1)
5 Purdue 110.5
6 Minnesota 100 (1)
7 Illinois 34

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 298:00 p.m.No. 3 (FCS) South Dakota State*FS1W 28–2149,112
September 79:30 p.m.at Fresno State*CBSSNW 38–35 2OT34,790
September 142:30 p.m.Georgia Southern*
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
BTNW 35–3241,021
September 282:30 p.m.at PurdueESPN2W 38–3150,629
October 52:30 p.m.Illinoisdagger
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
BTNW 40–1739,341
October 126:30 p.m.Nebraska
FS1W 34–743,502
October 192:30 p.m.at RutgersNo. 20BTNW 42–726,429
October 262:30 p.m.MarylandNo. 17
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
ESPNW 52–1044,715
November 911:00 a.m.No. 4 Penn StateNo. 17
ABCW 31–2651,883
November 163:00 p.m.at No. 20 IowaNo. 8FOXL 19–2367,518
November 2311:00 a.m.at NorthwesternNo. 10ABC
November 302:30 p.m.Wisconsin
ABC

Source:[2]

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 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 20 17 13 13 7 11  
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 20 16 13 13 7 11  
CFP Not released 17 8 10 Not released

Game summaries[edit]

South Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 (FCS) Jackrabbits 0 7 14 0 21
Golden Gophers 0 13 7 8 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–0 Nov. 14, 2009 W, 16–13

at Fresno State[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Golden Gophers 7 7 0 1473 38
Bulldogs 0 10 11 770 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Sep. 8, 2018 W, 21–14

Georgia Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 10 10 0 12 32
Golden Gophers 14 7 0 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 14 14 10 0 38
Boilermakers 3 7 7 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–33–3 Nov. 10, 2018 W, 41–10

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 7 3 7 0 17
Golden Gophers 3 13 14 10 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–30–3 Nov. 3, 2018 L, 55–31

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cornhuskers 0 0 0 7 7
Golden Gophers 7 7 20 0 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–25–2 Oct. 20, 2018 L, 28–53

at Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 20 Golden Gophers 7 7 7 21 42
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Oct. 22, 2016 W, 34–32

Walk-on holder and four-time cancer survivor Casey O'Brien made an appearance, holding for Minnesota's fourth extra point attempt.[3]

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 3 0 7 10
No. 17 Golden Gophers 14 14 10 14 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 Sep. 22, 2018 L, 13–42

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Nittany Lions 10 3 6 7 26
No. 17 Golden Gophers 14 10 0 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–9 Oct. 1, 2016 L, 26–29

at Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Golden Gophers 0 6 7 6 19
No. 20 Hawkeyes 13 7 0 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
62–48–2 Oct. 6, 2018 L, 31–48

at Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Golden Gophers 0
Wildcats 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
53–36–5 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 14–24

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 0
Golden Gophers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
60–60–8 Nov. 24, 2018 W, 37–15

Roster[edit]

2019 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Rodney Smith Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 2 Tanner Morgan Redshirt.svg So
RB 3 Cam Wiley Fr
RB 4 Shannon Brooks Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 5 Zack Annexstad So
WR 6 Tyler Johnson Sr
WR 7 Chris Autman-Bell Redshirt.svg So
WR 11 Jornell Brooks Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 12 Erik Gibson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 13 Rashod Bateman So
QB 14 Cole Kramer Fr
QB 15 Jacob Clark Fr
QB 16 Jon Santaga Redshirt.svg So
WR 17 Seth Green Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 18 Clay Geary Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 19 Samuel Pickerign Redshirt.svg So
WR 20 Larry Wright Fr
RB 21 Bryce Williams So
WR 22 Mike Brown-Stephens Fr
RB 23 Treyson Potts Fr
RB 24 Mohamed Ibrahim Redshirt.svg So
RB 25 Preston Jelen Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 26 True Thompson Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 27 Jimmy Buck Fr
RB 28 Jason Williamson Injured Fr
TE 42 Ko Kieft Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 50 J. J. Guedet Fr
OL 51 Curtis Dunlap Jr. Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 56 Kody Smith Fr
OL 60 John Michael Schmitz Redshirt.svg So
OL 63 Austin Beier Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 64 Conner Olson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 65 Axel Ruschmeyer Redshirt.svg So
OL 66 Nathan Boe Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 67 Nate Umlor Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Sam Schlueter Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 71 Ben Davis Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Kyle Sassack Redshirt.svg So
OL 75 Tyler Cooper Fr
OL 77 Blaise Andries Redshirt.svg So
OL 78 Daniel Faalele So
OL 79 Jason Dickson Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 80 Jake Paulson Redshirt.svg So
WR 81 Brock Annexstad Injured Redshirt.svg So
WR 82 Demetrius Douglas Redshirt.svg So
WR 83 Harry Van Dyne Redshirt.svg So
WR 84 Peter Udoibok Fr
TE 85 Bryce Witham Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 86 Clayton Witherspoon Redshirt.svg So
TE 87 Nick Kallerup Fr
TE 88 Brevyn Spann-Ford Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 89 Nnamdi Adim-Madumere Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Calvin Swenson Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 2 Phillip Howard Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 3 M. J. Anderson Fr
DB 4 Terell Smith So
LB 5 Trenton Guthrie Redshirt.svg So
DB 6 Chris Williamson Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 7 Solomon Brown Fr
LB 8 Thomas Rush So
DL 9 Esezi Otomewo Redshirt.svg So
DB 11 Antoine Winfield Jr. Redshirt.svg So
DL 12 Tai'yon Devers Sr
LB 13 James Gordon IV Fr
LB 14 Braelen Oliver Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 15 C. J. Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 16 Coney Durr Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 18 Micah Dew-Treadway Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 19 Keonte Schad Jr
LB 20 Donald Willis Fr
LB 21 Kamal Martin Sr
DB 22 Benny Sapp III So
DB 23 Jordan Howden So
DB 25 Benjamin St-Juste Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 26 Justus Harris Jr
DB 27 Tyler Nubin Fr
DB 28 Matt Guggemos Fr
LB 29 Josh Aune Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 30 Caden Fey Fr
DB 31 Kiondre Thomas Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 33 D'Vion Harris Fr
DL 34 Boye Mafe Redshirt.svg So
LB 35 Danny Anderson Redshirt.svg So
DB 36 Bishop McDonald Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 40 Alex Strazzanti Redshirt.svg So
LB 41 Thomas Barber Sr
DB 42 Austin Winfield Fr
LB 43 Bailey Schoenfelder Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 44 Rashad Cheney Jr. Fr
LB 45 Carter Coughlin Sr
DL 46 Winston DeLattiboudere Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 48 Ben McNaboe Fr
DL 52 Jamaal Teague So
LB 55 Mariano Sori-Marin So
LB 56 Ty Barron Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 57 Jack Kern Fr
DL 59 Derik LeCaptain Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 75 Malcolm Robinson Redshirt.svg So
DL 90 Sam Renner Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 91 Noah Hickcox Redshirt.svg So
DL 92 Mayan Ahanotu Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 93 Connor Novak-Goar Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 94 Abi N-Okonji Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 96 Logan Richter Fr
DL 97 Micah Roane Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 99 DeAngelo Carter Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
H 14 Casey O'Brien Redshirt.svg So
K, P 33 Grant Ryerse Redshirt.svg So
K 34 Brock Walker Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 37 Brady Weeks Fr
K 38 Michael Lantz Fr
LS 39 Michael Vojvodich Redshirt.svg Fr
P 46 Alex Melvin Redshirt.svg Sr
P 47 Jacob Herbers Redshirt.svg Sr
K 48 Anders Gelecinskyj Redshirt.svg So
K 97 Michael Tarbutt Redshirt.svg Sr
P 98 Tom Foley Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Kirk Ciarrocca (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Joe Rossi (Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers)
  • Rob Wenger (Special Teams Coordinator / Outside Linebackers)
  • Kenni Burns (Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs)
  • Rod Chance (Cornerbacks)
  • Brian Callahan (Run Game Coordinators / Offensive Line)
  • Joe Harasymiak (Defensive backs / Safeties)
  • Jim Panagos (Defensive Line)
  • Clay Patterson (Tight Ends)
  • Matt Simon (Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers)
  • Gerrit Chernoff (General Manager)
  • Dan Nichol (Head Strength & Conditioning)
  • Norries Wilson (Director of Player Development)

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

Roster
Last update: April 18, 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (July 18, 2019). "Michigan named Big Ten football favorite in cleveland.com 2019 preseason poll". Cleveland.com.
  2. ^ "2019 Football Schedule". University of Minnesota Athletics.
  3. ^ MPRNews.org