Gophers football: Projected two-deep roster to start preseason camp

The Gophers football team’s offense welcomes back five starters for the 2023 season.
Minnesota’s largest area of transition is along the offensive line, where all three interior lineman have departed, including All-America center John Michael Schmitz.
The U also must replace record-setting tailback Mo Ibrahim. They are expected to use a by-committee approach in the backfield this fall.
The Gophers will elevate quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis, who made five starts in 2022, and complement his big right arm with a host of pass-catchers, a group led by preseason-hyped tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford.
Projected two-deep roster going into fall camp:
QB — Athan Kaliakmanis (3); Cole Kramer (2)
RB — Sean Tyler (1); Zach Evans (4)
WR — Corey Crooms Jr. (1); Kristen Hoskins (4)
WR — Chris Autman-Bell (1); Le’Meke Brockington (3)
WR — Daniel Jackson (2); Elijah Spencer (2)
TE — Brevyn Spann-Ford (1); Jameson Geers (3)
LT — Aireonte Ersery (3); Tyrell Lawrence (3)
LG — Tyler Cooper (2); Ashton Beers (4)
C — Nathan Boe (1); Karter Shaw (1)
RG — Quinn Carroll (2); Greg Johnson (4)
RT — Martes Lewis (3); JJ Guedet (2)
(x) — remaining seasons of eligibility
The Gophers’ defense brings back six starters from last season.
Change has hit all three levels, including the exits of defensive end Thomas Rush and linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin.
But the biggest area to rebuild is in the defensive backfield, where Minnesota watched two of its best players head to the NFL — cornerback Terell Smith (Bears) and safety Jordan Howden (Saints) — as well as one key player to the NCAA transfer portal — nickel back Michael Dixon (Rutgers).
The return of star safety Tyler Nubin is an immense boost to the unit.
Projected two-deep roster going into fall camp:
DE — Jah Joyner (3); Jalen Logan-Redding (3)
DT — Devin Eastern (3); Anthony Smith (4)
DT — Kyler Baugh (1); Logan Richter (2)
DL — Danny Striggow (2); Chris Collins (1)
LB — Cody Lindenberg (3); Maverick Baranowski (4)
LB — Ryan Selig (1); Devon Williams (3)
NB — Jack Henderson (2); Craig McDonald (3)
CB — Tre’Von Jones (1); Tariq Watson (4)
CB — Justin Walley (2); Tyler Bride (2)
S — Tyler Nubin (1); Coleman Bryson (4)
S — Darius Green (3); Aidan Gousby (4)
The Gophers retain their punter and long snapper and have options at both punt and kick returner, but must replace primary placekicker Matthew Trickett this fall.
Projected two-deep roster going into fall camp:
Special teams
K — Dragan Kesich (2); David Kemp (3)
P — Mark Crawford (2); Caleb McGrath (4)
LS — Brady Weeks (1); Ryan Algrim (4)
PR — Quentin Redding (3); Hoskins
KR — Redding; Evans

Latest Player Notes

If that really was Drake Maye’s last game in Chapel Hill, it provided a fitting full-circle ending

UPDATED NOVEMBER 13, 2023 2:49 PMHere was Drake Maye in the middle of it all late Saturday night, in the middle of the kind ...

Shedeur Sanders closing in on CU Buffs single-season records through pain of all the sacks and hits

PUBLISHED November 13, 2023 at 12:38 p.m. | UPDATED: November 13, 2023 at 12:40 p.m.BOULDER — Shedeur Sanders is closing ...

Tenth Anniversary of Kick Six: Inside video, "Official" look at Historic Iron Bowl Shocker

Published Nov. 13, 2023, 6:00 a.m.By Creg Stephenson See and hear history behind Kick Six (excuse the ads, but this is ...

Goodman: Jimbo Fisher is out and Nick Saban wins again

Updated: Nov. 13, 2023, 10:00 a.m.|By Joseph GoodmanJimbo Fisher is out at Texas A&M, which goes to show that even when a ...

Huard on Huskies: Why a win over No. 10 Oregon St would be huge

The No. 5 UW Huskies’ quest to make the College Football Playoff went through the two-time defending Pac-12 champions on ...

USC’s loss to Oregon exposes clear flaws in program-building up front

EUGENE, Ore. — In January, Lincoln Riley was on the sidelines at SoFi for the College Football Playoff championship game, ...

Two years after winning school-record 12 games, Brady Hoke out as Aztecs football coach

Brady Hoke is out as San Diego State’s football coach.SDSU released a statement Monday morning saying that Hoke is retiring, ...

Oregon’s Bo Nix named Pac-12 offensive player of the week for third time in 2023

Oregon’s Bo Nix earned his third weekly honor from the Pac-12.Nix, who went 23 of 31 for a season-high 412 yards with four ...

Oregon Ducks’ head coach Dan Lanning mentioned as a leading candidate for Texas A&M job

Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning has been mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Jimbo Fisher as coach of the Texas ...

After ‘tough day,’ Boise State AD searches for a football coach; defensive analyst promoted

Boise State athletic director Jeramiah Dickey was on the job for less than a week the last time he began a search for a football ...
See More Player Notes