Official 2022 Roster Status - Who is Returning and who is Leaving

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MARIANO SORI-MARIN

HONORS:

All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2021)
Academic All-Big Ten (2021, 2020, 2019)
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (1x in 2020)
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2019-20)
Quad team Member (2019, 2018)

2021 SENIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games • anchored a defense that allowed only 17.31 points per game and finished second on the team with 85 tackles • made five tackles for loss, broke up three passes, forced two fumbles and had one interception. Game-by-Game: Recorded a team-high six tackles against Ohio State • led the team with 10 tackles against Miami (OH), 1.5 tackles for a loss totaling three yards and broke up one pass • registered four tackles including two tackles for a loss at Colorado • made a team-high eight tackles, broke up one pass and made his first-career interception against Bowling Green • saw action at Purdue • recorded six tackles against Nebraska • made eight tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss, against Maryland • forced one fumble and led the team with 11 tackles at Northwestern • registered a team-high 12 tackles and forced one fumble against Illinois • broke up one pass and had six tackles at Iowa • recorded four tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss, at Indiana made seven tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss, against Wisconsin • made three tackles against West Virginia in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl.

TANNER MORGAN

SCHOOL RECORDS:

Season Passing Yards: 3,253 (2019)
Season Touchdown Passes: 30 (2019)
Season Completion Percentage: 66.0% // 210-of-318 (2019)
Season Passing Yards Per Game: 250.2 (2019)
Season Touchdown-Interception Ratio: 4.28 // 30 TDs, 7 INTs (2019)
Season Pass Efficiency Rating: 178.7 (2019)
Passing Yards in Bowl Game: 278 (2019 Outback Bowl)
Sophomore Passing Yards: 3,252 (2019)
Sophomore Touchdown Passes: 30 (2019)
Sophomore Total Offense: 3,196 // -57 Rushing, 3,253 Passing (2019)
Consecutive Games with a Touchdown Pass: 18 (12/26/18 – 11/13/20)
Consecutive Completions: 16 (10/16/21 vs. Nebraska)
Career records not listed as they can change weekly

HONORS:
All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2020)
All-Big Ten Second Team (2019)
Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist (2019)
The Manning Award finalist (2019)
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (2x in 2019)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (1x in 2018)
Academic All-Big Ten (2021, 2019, 2018)
Neil Fredenburg Award - Love of the Game (2019)

CAREER: Is 27-12 as a starter • his 27 wins are the most by a Minnesota quarterback in recorded history • has completed 554 passes (third most in school history) of 903 attempts (fifth most in school history) for 8,072 yards (second most in school history) • career completion percentage of .614 ranks first in school history and his 56 career touchdown passes ranks second (Morgan reached 50 career touchdown passes on his 727th career pass attempt, which is the the fewest to get there in school history) • has three games where he has completed 83 percent or more of his passes (21-22 at Purdue in 2019; 18-20 vs. Penn State in 2019 and 20-24 vs. Nebraska in 2021) • threw a touchdown pass in a school-record 18 consecutive games (12/26/18 – 11/13/20) • made his first career start on Oct. 26, 2018 against Indiana where he threw for 302 yards (fourth most ever by a freshman since 1980 and most for a freshman making his first career start) and three touchdowns • in 2018, led Minnesota to its first road win at Wisconsin since 1994 and to a bowl victory against Georgia Tech (first time ever Minnesota has won the final game of the regular season and a bowl game) • in 2019, became the second quarterback in the last 20 years (Florida State's Jameis Winston in 2013) to complete at least 90% of his passes (minimum 20 passes) in two games when he completed 21-of-22 passes (95.4%) at Purdue and 18-of-20 passes (90%) against Penn State • threw for 707 yards (339 vs. Penn State, 368 at Iowa) in consecutive games, which is the third most in consecutive games in school history and rank behind Tim Schade who threw for 823 yards in two games in 1993 and 759 yards in two games in 1994 • first quarterback in school history to throw a touchdown pass in every game of the season (30 touchdown passes in 13 games in 2019) • set a school sophomore record with 3,196 total yards of offense (second most in school history) in 2019 • has four 300-yard games in his career (1 in 2018, 3 in 2019), which is tied for the fourth most in school history • in 2021, set a school record with 16 straight completions against Nebraska (10/16/21).
 

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On our team there are “PJ’s Bible Bangers” who seem untouchable regardless of how they play. Sori-Marin and Morgan the top two examples. They preach the word of PJ and are rewarded for it. Sori-Marin might be my least favorite Gopher of all time he’s just not very good and if I were a linebacker stuck behind him for another year I would probably hit the road, too. I can’t imagine anyone on here didn’t think that we needed to see another quarterback get some playing time last year Morgan was bad. I’ve noticed in quite a few threads that folks say the coaches know who the better players are and the best players are always going to play, that’s very naïve. They know who the best players are but “company men” like the two mentioned above sometimes get run when it’s not deserved. 16 transfers is really kind of hard to wrap my head around, but 5 of them being either QB or LB I can understand more.
Great first post! Welcome to the board!
 

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MARIANO SORI-MARIN

HONORS:

All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2021)
Academic All-Big Ten (2021, 2020, 2019)
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (1x in 2020)
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2019-20)
Quad team Member (2019, 2018)

2021 SENIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games • anchored a defense that allowed only 17.31 points per game and finished second on the team with 85 tackles • made five tackles for loss, broke up three passes, forced two fumbles and had one interception. Game-by-Game: Recorded a team-high six tackles against Ohio State • led the team with 10 tackles against Miami (OH), 1.5 tackles for a loss totaling three yards and broke up one pass • registered four tackles including two tackles for a loss at Colorado • made a team-high eight tackles, broke up one pass and made his first-career interception against Bowling Green • saw action at Purdue • recorded six tackles against Nebraska • made eight tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss, against Maryland • forced one fumble and led the team with 11 tackles at Northwestern • registered a team-high 12 tackles and forced one fumble against Illinois • broke up one pass and had six tackles at Iowa • recorded four tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss, at Indiana made seven tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss, against Wisconsin • made three tackles against West Virginia in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl.

TANNER MORGAN

SCHOOL RECORDS:

Season Passing Yards: 3,253 (2019)
Season Touchdown Passes: 30 (2019)
Season Completion Percentage: 66.0% // 210-of-318 (2019)
Season Passing Yards Per Game: 250.2 (2019)
Season Touchdown-Interception Ratio: 4.28 // 30 TDs, 7 INTs (2019)
Season Pass Efficiency Rating: 178.7 (2019)
Passing Yards in Bowl Game: 278 (2019 Outback Bowl)
Sophomore Passing Yards: 3,252 (2019)
Sophomore Touchdown Passes: 30 (2019)
Sophomore Total Offense: 3,196 // -57 Rushing, 3,253 Passing (2019)
Consecutive Games with a Touchdown Pass: 18 (12/26/18 – 11/13/20)
Consecutive Completions: 16 (10/16/21 vs. Nebraska)
Career records not listed as they can change weekly

HONORS:
All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2020)
All-Big Ten Second Team (2019)
Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist (2019)
The Manning Award finalist (2019)
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (2x in 2019)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (1x in 2018)
Academic All-Big Ten (2021, 2019, 2018)
Neil Fredenburg Award - Love of the Game (2019)

CAREER: Is 27-12 as a starter • his 27 wins are the most by a Minnesota quarterback in recorded history • has completed 554 passes (third most in school history) of 903 attempts (fifth most in school history) for 8,072 yards (second most in school history) • career completion percentage of .614 ranks first in school history and his 56 career touchdown passes ranks second (Morgan reached 50 career touchdown passes on his 727th career pass attempt, which is the the fewest to get there in school history) • has three games where he has completed 83 percent or more of his passes (21-22 at Purdue in 2019; 18-20 vs. Penn State in 2019 and 20-24 vs. Nebraska in 2021) • threw a touchdown pass in a school-record 18 consecutive games (12/26/18 – 11/13/20) • made his first career start on Oct. 26, 2018 against Indiana where he threw for 302 yards (fourth most ever by a freshman since 1980 and most for a freshman making his first career start) and three touchdowns • in 2018, led Minnesota to its first road win at Wisconsin since 1994 and to a bowl victory against Georgia Tech (first time ever Minnesota has won the final game of the regular season and a bowl game) • in 2019, became the second quarterback in the last 20 years (Florida State's Jameis Winston in 2013) to complete at least 90% of his passes (minimum 20 passes) in two games when he completed 21-of-22 passes (95.4%) at Purdue and 18-of-20 passes (90%) against Penn State • threw for 707 yards (339 vs. Penn State, 368 at Iowa) in consecutive games, which is the third most in consecutive games in school history and rank behind Tim Schade who threw for 823 yards in two games in 1993 and 759 yards in two games in 1994 • first quarterback in school history to throw a touchdown pass in every game of the season (30 touchdown passes in 13 games in 2019) • set a school sophomore record with 3,196 total yards of offense (second most in school history) in 2019 • has four 300-yard games in his career (1 in 2018, 3 in 2019), which is tied for the fourth most in school history • in 2021, set a school record with 16 straight completions against Nebraska (10/16/21).
I can’t imagine any Gopher fan who watched the last two years thought to themselves “wow 55 and 2 are good players.” PJ prob ought to get credit for having as good a year as he did with such sub par play at MLB and QB.
 

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I can’t imagine any Gopher fan who watched the last two years thought to themselves “wow 55 and 2 are good players.” PJ prob ought to get credit for having as good a year as he did with such sub par play at MLB and QB.

I think you're "prob" a little off-base. Just my opinion.
 

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I can’t imagine any Gopher fan who watched the last two years thought to themselves “wow 55 and 2 are good players.” PJ prob ought to get credit for having as good a year as he did with such sub par play at MLB and QB.

I can't imagine any fan who thinks a coach would play a worse player and risk his career.
 




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Instant gratification urge is validated by the transfer portal. He is giving up a chance to develop over time and ease into a great unit with a great coach. Hope, for his sake, he has a good landing spot arranged. Hate to see kids give up a quality education and degree for uncertainty. Suggests to me that guys like Lindenberg, Willis and Finnessy are healthy and ready to be next up.
Lindenberg and Willis for sure. Burns wants to play. He made a calculated decision and probably the right one.
 




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On our team there are “PJ’s Bible Bangers” who seem untouchable regardless of how they play. Sori-Marin and Morgan the top two examples. They preach the word of PJ and are rewarded for it. Sori-Marin might be my least favorite Gopher of all time he’s just not very good and if I were a linebacker stuck behind him for another year I would probably hit the road, too. I can’t imagine anyone on here didn’t think that we needed to see another quarterback get some playing time last year Morgan was bad. I’ve noticed in quite a few threads that folks say the coaches know who the better players are and the best players are always going to play, that’s very naïve. They know who the best players are but “company men” like the two mentioned above sometimes get run when it’s not deserved. 16 transfers is really kind of hard to wrap my head around, but 5 of them being either QB or LB I can understand more.
Sori-Marin has earned every down of playing time he has had. He's plenty good.
 


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I can’t imagine any Gopher fan who watched the last two years thought to themselves “wow 55 and 2 are good players.” PJ prob ought to get credit for having as good a year as he did with such sub par play at MLB and QB.
I'm a Gopher fan who thinks MSM and Morgan are good players. So there is one.
 

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I can’t imagine any Gopher fan who watched the last two years thought to themselves “wow 55 and 2 are good players.” PJ prob ought to get credit for having as good a year as he did with such sub par play at MLB and QB.
We don't have a MLB most of the time. When we did it was not No. 55.
 




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Lindenberg and Willis for sure. Burns wants to play. He made a calculated decision and probably the right one.
In a post-season, pre-bowl interview, Jack Gibbens singled out Finnessey as being a very good inside LB. He might be in the mix in 2022, too.
 

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In a post-season, pre-bowl interview, Jack Gibbens singled out Finnessey as being a very good inside LB. He might be in the mix in 2022, too.
Im super intrigued by Finnesy. He played CB some in high school, which I think speaks to his athleticism.
 



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I can’t imagine any Gopher fan who watched the last two years thought to themselves “wow 55 and 2 are good players.” PJ prob ought to get credit for having as good a year as he did with such sub par play at MLB and QB.
Good to know MplsGopher new handle
 

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Of 16 guys listed as transfers out...amirite Ky Thomas is the one with most playing time in 2021?
Dunlap started and Zack started but that was previously (or did Dunlap play early this year? Seems like he was in and out...on the team?off the team)...anybody else get any run?
 


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I was one who thought MSM was over his head early in his career and was a step slow but he has improved every year and thought he was VERY good last year. He and Gibbens were solid all year, IMO.
I'd compare him to Sam S. on the offensive side. They each struggled early in their careers, but improved and were good contributors to their side of the ball this past year. They had moments of very good play, but also had times of not so good play.
Sam has run out of eligibility and I am excited to see who will take his spot as I think there are some good candidates. I wish the same thing would have happened at the LB spot with MSM.
 

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Two guys who in my mind started out akin to 55 but who I’m thrilled that are now likely coming back are Rush and Howden. Very rough starts for both but are now difference and play makers. With Oliver’s recovery looking on track I hope everyone can agree that he should be on the field next year most downs, it will suck if they run 55 out there with him instead of some of the younger guys.
Troll? What is this a board for middle school girls?
I know that we don’t have a traditional MLB in our D and run a lot of two LB packages, et al perhaps I mis-spoke and called 55 a MLB because I’m traumatized by his lack of ability to make plays on the edge. Gibbens and our D overall were good enough to make 55’s many shortcomings less obvious but he really is about the same player now that he’s always been.
 

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Two guys who in my mind started out akin to 55 but who I’m thrilled that are now likely coming back are Rush and Howden. Very rough starts for both but are now difference and play makers. With Oliver’s recovery looking on track I hope everyone can agree that he should be on the field next year most downs, it will suck if they run 55 out there with him instead of some of the younger guys.
Troll? What is this a board for middle school girls?
I know that we don’t have a traditional MLB in our D and run a lot of two LB packages, et al perhaps I mis-spoke and called 55 a MLB because I’m traumatized by his lack of ability to make plays on the edge. Gibbens and our D overall were good enough to make 55’s many shortcomings less obvious but he really is about the same player now that he’s always been.
Guess we will have to agree to disagree on this one. I watched every game last season and I didn't see MSM as some weak link the D had to cover up for. He isn't a superstar by any means but he is a Big Ten caliber LB who makes plays.
 


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MARIANO SORI-MARIN has 92 career solo tackles. I hope that’s not a used barometer we want to call good at the position. We are screwed as a fb team if that’s the case. I would’ve just as soon he’d moved on.
 

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MARIANO SORI-MARIN has 92 career solo tackles. I hope that’s not a used barometer we want to call good at the position. We are screwed as a fb team if that’s the case. I would’ve just as soon he’d moved on.
solo and assist tackles are not my barometer for a solid player.. 2 years ago I would of agreed.. he's developed into a solid lb...
 


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MARIANO SORI-MARIN has 92 career solo tackles. I hope that’s not a used barometer we want to call good at the position. We are screwed as a fb team if that’s the case. I would’ve just as soon he’d moved on.
I get some of the criticism he received in 2020 but he was pretty good last year. We only play 2 LBers. If he was awful, we wouldn't have had a good run defense. Just as a rule of thumb, if you're running a 4-2-5 and you have a good run defense, all 6 of those front 6 have to play pretty well.
 





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