Open main menu

2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

The 2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by first-year head coach Tracy Claeys 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 9-4, 5-4 in conference play to finish in fourth place in the West Division. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they defeated Washington State.

2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Holiday Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2016 record9–4 (5–4 Big Ten)
Head coachTracy Claeys (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorJay Johnson (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJay Sawvel (1st season)
CaptainMitch Leidner, Brandon Lingen, Jack Lynn, Damarius Travis
Home stadiumTCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 50,805)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

Name Position Alma mater Joined Staff
Tracy Claeys Head Coach Kansas State (1994) 2010
Brian Anderson Wide Receivers Coach Illinois (1994) 2010
Jay Johnson Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach Northern Iowa (1993) 2015
Bart Miller Offensive Line Coach New Mexico (2007) 2015
Jeff Phelps Defensive Line Coach Ball State (1997) 2010
Pat Poore Running Backs Coach / Co-Special Team Coordinator Fort Hays State (1984) 2010
Rob Reeves H-Backs Coach / Tight Ends Coach Saginaw Valley State (1996) 2010
Jay Sawvel Defensive Coordinator Mount Union (1993) 2010
Mike Sherels Linebackers Coach Minnesota (2007) 2013
Dan O'Brien Assistant Defensive Backs / Co-Special Team Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach St. Thomas (1987) 2010
Eric Klein Strength and Conditioning Carleton College (1993) 2010

ScheduleEdit

Minnesota will face all six West Division opponents: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin. The Gophers will also face East Division opponents Maryland, Penn State, and Rutgers.[1] Minnesota will play three non-conference games: Oregon State of the Pac-12 Conference, Indiana State of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference. Minnesota has one bye week during the season between their games against Indiana State and Colorado State.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 18:00 PMOregon State*BTNW 30–2344,582
September 1011:00 AMIndiana State*
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
ESPNewsW 58–2841,026
September 2411:00 AMColorado State*
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
ESPNUW 31–2444,854
October 12:30 PMat Penn StateBTNL 26–29 OT95,332
October 811:00 AMIowa
ESPN2L 7–1449,145
October 1511:00 AMat MarylandESPNUW 31–1041,465
October 2211:00 AMRutgers 
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
ESPNUW 34–3246,096
October 2911:00 AMat IllinoisBTNW 40–1740,090
November 52:30 PMPurdue
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
BTNW 44–3142,832
November 126:30 PMat No. 21 NebraskaBTNL 17–2490,456
November 192:30 PMNorthwestern
  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Minneapolis, MN
BTNW 29–1238,162
November 262:30 PMat No. 5 WisconsinBTNL 17–3177,216
December 276:00 PMvs. Washington State*ESPNW 17–1248,704
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

Oregon StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 7 7 9 0 23
Golden Gophers 0 17 0 13 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1981 MINN, 42–12

Indiana StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Sycamores 7 0 14 7 28
Golden Gophers 14 24 10 10 58
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1993 MINN, 27–10

Colorado StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 0 10 7 24
Golden Gophers 7 10 7 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2015 MINN, 23–20OT

at Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Golden Gophers 3 10 0 103 26
Nittany Lions 0 3 17 36 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–8 2013 MINN, 24–10

IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 3 3 8 14
Golden Gophers 0 0 7 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
62–45–2 2015 IOWA, 40–35

at MarylandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 14 3 14 31
Terrapins 0 0 0 10 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1977 UMD, 17–7

RutgersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 3 7 13 9 32
Golden Gophers 21 0 10 3 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 14 0 7 19 40
Fighting Illini 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–29–3 2015 MINN, 32–23

PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 14 14 0 3 31
Golden Gophers 10 13 7 14 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–32–3 2015 MINN, 41–13
 
Purdue at Minnesota

at #21 NebraskaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 7 10 0 0 17
#21 Cornhuskers 3 7 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–23–2 2015 NEB, 48–25

NorthwesternEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 6 6 12
Golden Gophers 6 6 3 14 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
52–34–5 2015 NW, 27–0

at #6 WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 3 14 0 0 17
#6 Badgers 0 7 3 21 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–58–8 2015 WISC, 31–21

Washington State–Holiday BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 3 7 7 17
Cougars 3 3 0 6 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1988 WSU, 41–9

RosterEdit

2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Rodney Smith   So
WR 2 Isaiah Gentry   So
WR 5 Melvin Holland   So
WR 6 Tyler Johnson Fr
QB 7 Mitch Leidner (C)   Sr
QB 8 Mark Williams Fr
WR 9 Eric Carter   Jr
QB 11 Demry Croft So
WR 12 Hunter Register   Fr
QB 15 Conor Rhoda   Jr
QB 17 Seth Green Fr
WR 18 Clay Geary Fr
WR 19 Michael Conway   Jr
WR 20 Adam Mayer   Fr
RB 22 Kobe McCrary Fr
RB 23 Shannon Brooks So
WR 24 Drew Hmielewski Fr
WR 25 Phillip Howard Fr
WR 26 Brian Smith   Jr
RB 27 James Johannesson   Fr
RB 28 Jonathan Femi-Cole   Fr
RB 29 Carlton Djam   So
FB 40 Connor Mohs Fr
TE 42 Ko Kieft Fr
TE 44 Colton Beebe   Fr
TE 45 Nick Hart   Jr
TE 49 Bryce Witham   Fr
OL 53 Luke Rasmussen   So
OL 55 Connor Mayes Jr
OL 58 Quinn Oseland   Fr
OL 60 Matt Leidner   Jr
OL 61 Bronson Dovich   Fr
OL 62 Jared Weyler   So
OL 64 Conner Olson Fr
OL 66 Ted Stieber   Fr
OL 70 Chad Fahning   Jr
OL 71 Sam Schlueter Fr
OL 73 Donnell Greene   So
OL 74 Nick Connelly   Fr
OL 75 Noah Kuehn   Fr
OL 76 Vincent Calhoun Jr
OL 77 Tyler Moore So
OL 78 Garrison Wright Jr
OL 79 Jonah Pirsig   Sr
TE 80 Nate Wozniak   Jr
TE 81 Duke Anyanwu   Jr
WR 82 Drew Wolitarsky Sr
TE 83 Danny Pietruszewski Fr
WR 84 Will Reger   So
TE 85 Bryce Witham   Fr
TE 86 Brandon Lingen (C) Jr
WR 88 Rashad Still So
WR 89 Matt Morse   Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Dior Johnson   Fr
DB 3 KiAnte Hardin So
DB 4 Adekunle Ayinde   Jr
DB 5 Jalen Myrick Sr
DB 6 Ace Rogers   Sr
DB 7 Damarius Travis (C)   Sr
DB 8 Duke McGhee   Jr
DL 9 Jerry Gibson   So
DB 11 Antoine Winfield Fr
LB 12 Cody Poock   Jr
LB 13 Jonathan Celestin Jr
DB 14 Zo Craighton   Fr
LB 15 Everett Williams Jr
CB 16 Coney Durr Fr
DB 17 Jacob Huff So
DL 19 Gary Moore   So
DB 20 Julian Huff So
DB 21 Ray Buford   Fr
DB 22 Joey Gorgen   Fr
DB 24 Troy Dipre   Fr
DB 26 Calvin Swenson Fr
DB 30 Eric Amoako   Sr
DB 31 Kiondre Thomas Fr
DL 33 Tamarion Johnson Fr
DB 34 Antonio Shenault So
LB 35 Jaylen Waters   Fr
DB 36 Blake Cashman So
DB 40 Alexander Starks   Sr
LB 41 Thomas Barber Fr
LB 43 Bailey Schoenfelder Fr
LB 44 Kamal Martin Fr
LB 45 Carter Coughlin Fr
LB 48 Blake Weber Jr
LB 50 Jack Lynn (C)   Sr
DL 52 Yoshoub Timms   Sr
LB 56 Nick Rallis   Sr
LB 59 Ray Dixon   Jr
DL 87 Gaelin Elmore Jr
DL 88 Winston DeLattiboudere   Fr
DL 90 Sam Renner   Fr
DE 91 Julien Kafo   So
DL 92 Tai'yon Devers Fr
DL 93 Merrick Jackson Jr
DL 95 Hendrick Ekpe Sr
DL 96 Steven Richardson Jr
DL 97 Scott Ekpe   Sr
DE 99 Andrew Stelter Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K, P 18 Ryan Santoso   Jr
LS 25 Payton Jordahl   So
K 33 Andrew Harte   Jr
P 34 Logan McElfresh   So
K 37 John Mack Fr
K 38 Emmit Carpenter   So
LS 39 Trey Hansen   Fr
K 42 Justin Juenemann   Jr
P 47 Jacob Herbers   Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brian Anderson (Wide Receivers)
  • Jay Johnson (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Bart Miller (Offesnive Line)
  • 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 Coordinator)
  • Mike Sherels (Linebackers)

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

Roster
Last update: August 17, 2016

Awards and honorsEdit

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Emmit Carpenter Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week October 3, 2016 [2]
Rodney Smith Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week October 24, 2016 [3]
Emmit Carpenter Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week November 7, 2016 [4]
Blake Cashman Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week November 21, 2016 [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Future Schedules
  2. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 3, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 24, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 7, 2016. Archived from the original on November 13, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 21, 2016. Archived from the original on November 21, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016.