It’s another day gone and another day full of awards and award nominations for the Minnesota Gophers. Again, we are seeing Antoine Winfield do things that Gophers haven’t done for years. We haven’t had a Walter Camp All-American since 2005, let alone a 1st-teamer. The Redshirt Freshman had 83 tackles and 7 interceptions. He is a hawk in the back of this defense… one that quarterbacks fear evertime they release the football.
Whether he comes back for his RS JR season is yet to be seen… but I just can’t imagine he does. I just hope he does..
Meanwhile, PJ Fleck racked up his 6th Coach of the Year nomination/award, this time as a “Bear Bryant Coach of the Year” finalist. Here is the list, as it now stands:
- George Munger COY Finalist
- Eddie Robinson COY Finalist
- Bobby Dodd COY Trophy Finalist
- Big Ten’s Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year
- AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year
- Bear Bryant COY Finalist
It isn’t just PJ Fleck and Antoine Winfield Jr. who are racking up awards for this historic Minnesota Gophers football team. Nah, we have Big Ten All-Americans litering the field. Rashod Bateman was also named the Big Ten WR of the year and Winfield won the Big Ten DB of the year, not to mention a couple of Academic All-Americans. Tanner Morgan got some national honors at QB too… What an incredible season in so many different aspects.
And it’s only the beginning.
Lastly… but certainly the opposite of least, is Casey O’Brien, who was just honored with the “Disney Spirit Award” on ESPN tonight for his couragous battle with cancer. A battle in which he has won 4-5 times, depending on whether or not you count his last surgery a couple of weeks ago, in which he had a spot removed from his lungs. What an inspiration.
Special moment at the College Football Awards tonight. @caseyob14’s story is about more than football. Soak it all in Casey, you deserve it more than words can describe. Thanks for inspiring us.— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) December 13, 2019
Your 2019 Disney Spirit Award Winner: pic.twitter.com/lw5biLInPL
Congrats to @R_bateman2 on being named the Big Ten's Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year! Bateman is the first Gopher in school history to be named the best receiver in the conference. #Gophers // #SkiUMah // #RTB pic.twitter.com/MdhZ3ZItOQ— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) December 4, 2019
What a haul for the @Gopher_OLine! On top of @BlaiseAndries being named to the Third Team, @DanielFaalele_, @connerolson6, Curtis Dunlap Jr. & Sam Schlueter were all named Honorable Mention! #Gophers // #SkiUMah // #RTB pic.twitter.com/LuLvsSjd3U— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) December 4, 2019
ICYMI: Nine #Gophers earned a spot on @B1Gfootball's Honorable Mention list over the past two days.— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) December 5, 2019
All-B1G Offense: https://t.co/81IfHsWnwa
All-B1G Defense: https://t.co/O5pM3pphAh pic.twitter.com/a4JCDBIP5a
#Gophers @T_morg2 named one of 12 semifinalists for The Manning Award after throwing for a school record 2,975 yards and 28 touchdowns.https://t.co/0ZTMweYRPc#SkiUMah // #SkiUMah pic.twitter.com/9wNp2hJ0dh— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) December 5, 2019
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