Gopher Football Preview: Offensive Tackles
Projected Top Reserves: The starters will have some hungry young road graders pushing them for playing time. Both 6-foot-7, 295-pound Brooks Michel and 6-foot-7, 288-pound Ed Olson should see plenty of playing time as redshirt freshmen and could possibly take the number one slot in the two-deeps by season's end. Olson will most likely be backing up Wills on the right with Michel the number two on the left side. Also don't forget about 6-foot-5, 296-pound Ryan Wynn who missed last season with a back injury but started all 13 games as a freshman in 2008. If fully recovered, his experience could prove invaluable in the development of the Gopher offensive line.
Incoming Freshmen: Minnesota is welcoming a bevy of linemen this summer. The jewel being 6-foot-7, 300-pound tackle Jimmy Gjere out of New Brighton. The four star recruit honed his footwork on the ice as an assistant captain for the 2008-09 Irondale/St. Anthony Knights hockey team. Another big nasty from Opa Loka, FL is 6-foot-7, 342-pound lineman Jonathan Ragoo. Both linemen are versatile and could end up playing offensive guard in college, but time will tell where the depth emerges in the young Gopher line.
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