Athlon Sports Honors Nine Gophers

BleedGopher

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per the U:

Five Gophers on offense, three on defense and one on special teams were recognized
Athlon Sports recently released its 2023 All-Big Ten teams and nine Gophers – five on offense, three on defense and one on special teams – were recognized.

Tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford, receiver Chris Autman-Bell and offensive lineman Quinn Carroll were named Second-Team Offense by Athlon.

Spann-Ford, who many outlets have named a preseason All-American heading into the 2023 season, started all 13 games for Minnesota last year and led the team with 42 receptions. He was second on the squad with 497 receiving yards and also caught two touchdowns.

Autman-Bell competed in the first three games of the season in 2022 before suffering a season-ending injury. The seventh-year receiver made 11 catches for 214 yards and one touchdown before his injury. For his career, he has made 125 catches for 1,970 yards and 13 touchdowns and has made one catch in 41 straight games.

Carroll, who transferred to Minnesota from Notre Dame prior to the 2022 season, started all 13 games for the Gophers last season. He blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,698 yards and 33 touchdowns and one that threw for 2,369 yards and 12 scores.

Tyler Nubin was placed on Second-Team Defense. The do-it-all safety returns for his final year in Dinkytown after making 55 tackles (37 solo) and two tackles for loss last season. He also added four interceptions, broke up three passes and forced on fumble.

Another defensive back – Justin Walley – was named Third-Team Defense. The former Mississippi Mr. Football has been a standout for the Gophers ever since he got to campus prior to the 2021 season. He stated all 13 games in 2022 and made 39 tackles, 28 of which were solo. He also had three interceptions, broke up two passes, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.

Returner Quentin Redding was slotted on the Third-Team Specialists. He served as Minnesota's primary kick and punt returner last season and returned 13 punts for 78 yards (6.0 average) and 20 kickoffs for 508 yards (25.4 average). Redding finished second on the team with 586 all-purpose yards.

Receiver Daniel Jackson and transfer running back Sean Tyler were named Fourth-Team Offense. Jackson played in 11 games last year and led Minnesota in receiving yards (557) and receiving touchdowns (5), while finishing second in receptions (37).

Tyler is in his first year at Minnesota after transferring from Western Michigan. He spent four seasons with the Broncos and rushed 495 times for 2,820 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also caught 43 passes for 338 yards and three scores.

Defensive lineman Jalen Logan-Redding was a Fourth-Team Defense selection. He started 12 of 13 games last season and made 18 tackles (10 solo), while recording three tackles for loss and one sack. He also recovered two fumbles and broke up one pass.

Minnesota opens the season on Thursday, August 31 against Nebraska. Season tickets are on sale now and so is the popular Gopher Pass.


Go Gophers!!
 






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Surprised to see Carroll on this list. He was downright bad at times this past season.
 

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He improved a lot over the year. Remember, he did get honorable mention All-Big Ten. Although Ersery may have a better pro career, I think Quinn is our best O.L. going into the year......
 

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Surprised to see Carroll on this list. He was downright bad at times this past season.
Was he really that bad or did people just fixate on him? Have seen that happen many times where the way fans talk about a particular player would lead you to believe that player was horrible even if that was not actually the case.
 

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This is preseason 223. Okay.
The way it was presented is a little misleading. I don't recall them doing Preseason all big ten teams in the past. Especially going as deep as 4th team.

But I have probably just glossed over it among all the other way too early and preseason garbage that gets released. :)
 



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Surprised to see Carroll on this list. He was downright bad at times this past season.
Perhaps he'll be much better this year at Guard where he perhaps belongs in college. Probably took one for the team by playing tackle as opposed to guard.
 

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Perhaps he'll be much better this year at Guard where he perhaps belongs in college. Probably took one for the team by playing tackle as opposed to guard.
Again...was he truly that bad at tackle? He played the full season for one of the top rushing offenses in the conference and also for the team that gave up the second fewest sacks.

Guard may very well be a more natural fit for him but I really think some of the shade that gets thrown his way is undeserved.

Now I will freely admit that I don't know all the inner workings of O-Line play but I watched all the games and don't recall feeling like Carroll was this massive problem along the line.
 




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