Golden Gophers at a glance
Head coach: Jerry Kill, second season
Record: 6-6 overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten Conference
* — Big Ten Conference opponent
Aug. 30, won at Nevada-Las Vegas, 30-27 (3OT)
Sept. 8, won vs. New Hampshire, 44-7
Sept. 15, won vs. Western Michigan, 28-23
Sept. 22, won vs Syracuse, 17-10
Sept. 29, lost at Iowa*, 31-13
Oct. 13, lost vs. Northwestern*, 21-13
Oct. 20, lost at Wisconsin*, 38-13
Oct. 27, won vs. Purdue*, 44-28
Nov. 3, lost vs. Michigan*, 35-13
Nov. 10, won at Illinois*, 17-3
Nov. 17, lost at Nebraska*, 38-14
Nov. 24, lost vs. Michigan*, 26-10
Leading rushers: TB Donnell Kirkwood, So., 199 attempts, 849 yards, 5 touchdowns; QB-WR MarQueis Gray, Sr., 61-331-5; TB Rodrick Williams, Fr., 45-201-1.
Leading passers: QB Philip Nelson, Fr., 68 of 136, 7 interceptions, 735 yards, 6 touchdowns; QB Max Shortell, So., 65 of 116, 5 interceptions, 853 yards, 6 TDs; QB-WR MarQueis Gray, 33 of 56, 2 interceptions, 464 yards, 5 TDs.
Leading receivers: WR A.J. Barker (no longer on team), 30 catches, 577 yards, 7 TDs; FL Isaac Fruechte, So., 19-256-2; WR Devin Crawford-Tufts, So., 15-172-0; IR Derrick Engel, Jr., 14-267-1; TE John Rabe, Sr., 12-123-4; QB-WR MarQueis Gray, Sr., 12-121-0; TE Drew Goodger, So., 12-114-2.
Top defensive players: CB Troy Stoudermire, Sr., 78 tackles, 3 pass breakups; SLB Aaron Hill, Jr., 71 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions; MLB Mike Rallis, Sr., 71 tackles, 5 TFL; S Derrick Wells, So., 69 tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 pass breakups; WLB Keanon Cooper, Sr., 65 tackles, 41/2 TFL; CB Michael Carter, 42 tackles, 2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups; DE D.L. Wilhite, Sr., 30 tackles, 81/2 sacks; NT RaShede Hageman, Jr., 29 tackles, 5 sacks.
Top special teams players: KR Troy Stoudermire, Sr., 18 kickoff returns, 22.3-yard average; PK Jordan Wettstein, Sr., 13 of 21 field goals, long of 48 yards; P Christian Eldred, So., 63 punts, 38.5-yard average, 22 fair catches, 21 inside 20.
All-Big Ten honorees: DE D.L. Wilhite, second-team (media); CB Michael Carter, honorable (coaches and media); NT Ra’Shede Hagerman, honorable mention (media); CB Troy Stoudermire, honorable mention (media).
NCAA rankings: No. 79 in rushing offense, No. 105 in passing offense, No. 111 in total offense, No. 97 in scoring offense, No. 77 in rushing defense, No. 11 in pass defense, No. 29 in total defense, No. 39 in scoring defense.
Of note: Minnesota’s leading receiver and punt return specialist, WR A.J. Barker, quit the team on Nov. 18 and said he will transfer. Barker alleged mistreatment from head coach Jerry Kill and the training staff after he suffered an ankle injury Oct. 27. ... Minnesota is one of eight programs that has had three starting quarterbacks this season and the only one of the eight on which all three have thrown at least five touchdown passes. ... Tech LB Daniel Cobb’s brother, David Cobb, is a backup RB for the Golden Gophers. David Cobb, a sophomore from Killeen Ellison, has played in four games this year. ... Minnesota LB Keanon Cooper, a senior three-year starter from Dallas Skyline, originally committed to Tech. ... Minnesota has 13 players who played high school football in Texas, seven of whom are in the defense two-deep: DE Michael Amaefula (Arlington Bowie), DE Ben Perry (Southlake Carroll), NT Scott Ekpe (Lewisville), SLB Spencer Reeves (Dallas Skyline), WLB Keanon Cooper (Dallas Skyline), CB Troy Stoudermire (Dallas Skyline) and CB Martez Shabazz (DeSoto). Another starter is freshman IR Lincoln Plsek from Waco Reicher.