Three Gophers Named TSN Freshman All-Big Ten

Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber, running back Duane Bennett and guard D.J. Burris were honored by The Sporting News today as the magazine announced its 2007 Freshman All-Big Ten Team.

Minnesota's three offensive selections were the most of any team in the Big Ten and were led by Adam Weber, who set school single-season records for passing yards (2,895), completions (258), touchdown passes (24) and total offense (3,512) during the 2007 season.

Duane Bennett, who made six of his eight starts during Big Ten games, finished the season as the Gophers' third-leading rusher with 442 yards on 107 carries with three rushing touchdowns. He compiled 370 yards during Big Ten play and ranked No. 2 in the league among freshman in rushing during conference games.

D.J. Burris started 11 of 12 games at right guard and helped pave the way for an offensive unit that averaged 407.5 yards per game. Minnesota's offensive line also yielded just 13 sacks on 467 pass attempts during 2007, which currently ranks 10th in the NCAA in sacks allowed.

2007 SPORTING NEWS FRESHMAN ALL-BIG TEN TEAM


OFFENSE

WR - Arrelious Benn, Illinois

WR - James Cleveland, Iowa*

TE - Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern

OL - D.J. Burris, Minnesota*

OL - Stephen Schilling, Michigan*

OL - Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin*

OL - Bryan Bulaga, Iowa

OL - Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State

QB - Adam Weber, Minnesota*

RB - Duane Bennett, Minnesota

RB - Evan Royster, Penn State*

DEFENSE

DL - Cameron Heyward, Ohio State

DL - Ollie Ogbu, Penn State*

DE - Aaron Maybin, Penn State*

DE - Kirk DeCremer, Wisconsin*

LB - Obi Ezeh, Michigan*

LB - Greg Jones, Michigan State

LB - Eric Gordon, Michigan State*

DB - Donovan Warren, Michigan

DB - Aaron Henry, Wisconsin*

DB - Brett Greenwood, Iowa*

DB - Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State*


SPECIALISTS

K - Daniel Murray, Iowa*

P - Ryan Donahue, Iowa*

KR - David Gilreath, Wisconsin

OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan

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