2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Citrus Bowl, L 17–33 vs. Missouri
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2014 record 8–5 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Jerry Kill (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover (4th season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys (4th season)
Captain Mitch Leidner, Cedric Thompson
Home stadium TCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 52,525)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 1 Ohio State x$#^   8 0         14 1  
No. 5-t Michigan State   7 1         11 2  
Maryland   4 4         7 6  
Rutgers   3 5         8 5  
Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Penn State   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 13 Wisconsin x   7 1         11 3  
Minnesota   5 3         8 5  
Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         6 7  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Jerry Kill and played their home games at TCF Bank Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they lost to Missouri. It was their first New Year's Day bowl game appearance in 53 years, their previous was the 1962 Rose Bowl.

Preseason[edit]

Heading into their fourth off-season, Jerry Kill's coaching staff at Minnesota suffered their first departure as linebackers and assistant head coach Bill Miller accepted the linebackers coach position at Florida State.[1] After a brief coaching search, the Gophers named Mike Sherels the new linebackers coach. Sherels had an extensive history with the University of Minnesota, playing middle linebacker for the team from 2003-2007 and then serving as a special assistant and then defensive graduate assistant under Jerry Kill from 2011-2013.[2]

The Gophers also saw quarterback Philip Nelson leave the team, announcing his transfer to Rutgers University shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 season.[3] During the off season, Nelson was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly kicking Isaac Kolstad in the head during a late-night scuffle in downtown Mankato, Minnesota. These charges led to Nelson's dismissal from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program on May 14, 2014.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Melvin Holland
WR
Ashburn, VA Briar Woods HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.5 Jan 27, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jeff Jones[5]
RB
Minneapolis, MN Washburn HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.7 Feb 2, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Connor Mayes[6]
OL
Van Alstyne, TX Van Alstyne HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 335 lb (152 kg) 5.4 Jun 17, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Personnel[edit]

2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 K. J. Maye Jr
QB 2 Dimonic Roden-McKinzy Fr
TE 3 Jerry Gibson Fr
WR 4 Donovahn Jones So
QB 5 Chris Streveler Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 5 Damien Wilson Sr
QB 7 Mitch Leidner Redshirt.svg So
WR 9 Eric Carter Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 12 Will Reger Fr
WR 13 Desmond Gant Fr
WR 14 Isaac Fruechte Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 14 Connor Cosgrove Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 15 Conor Rhoda Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 16 Jeff Jones Fr
WR 17 Logan Hutton Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 18 Jacques Perra Fr
WR 19 Michael Conway Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 20 Donnell Kirkwood Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 21 Melvin Holland, Jr. Fr
WR 22 Jeff Borchardt Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 23 E. J. Sardinha Redshirt.svg So
RB 24 Rodney Smith Fr
WR 25 Devin Wright Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 26 Brian Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 27 David Cobb Sr
WR 29 Louis Tuszynski Redshirt.svg So
RB 31 Cole Banham Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 32 Berkey Edwards Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 34 Jephete Matilus Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 35 Rodrick Williams, Jr. Jr
FB 41 Miles Thomas Jr
FB 43 Tyler Hartmann Redshirt.svg So
RB 37 Josh Parks Fr
TE 39 Nate Wozniak Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 44 Jacob Krisch Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 47 Alex Bisch Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 48 Matt Oldenkamp Fr
TE 49 Noah Scarver Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 52 Zac Epping Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 53 Luke Rasmussen Fr
OL 55 Connor Mayes Fr
OL 58 Tommy Olson Sr
OL 60 Matt Leidner Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 62 Jared Weyler Fr
OL 63 Jon Christenson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 65 Josh Champion Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 66 Luke McAvoy Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 67 Brian Bobek Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 68 Isaac Hayes Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Chad Fahning Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 Kyle McAvoy Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 73 Joe Bjorklund Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Marek Lenkiewicz Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 75 Ernie Heifort Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 76 Alex Mayes Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 77 Foster Bush Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 78 Ben Lauer Redshirt.svg So
OL 79 Jonah Pirsig Redshirt.svg So
WR 80 Aaron Marmer Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 81 Duke Anyanwu Redshirt.svg So
TE 81 Nick Hart Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 82 Drew Wolitarsky So
TE 83 Drew Goodger Sr
WR 84 Isaiah Gentry Fr
TE 85 Lincoln Plsek Jr
TE 86 Brandon Lingen Fr
TE 88 Maxx Williams Redshirt.svg So
WR 89 Connor Krizancic Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 De'Niro Laster Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 2 Cedric Thompson Sr
DB 3 Derrick Wells Sr
DB 6 Grayson Levine Sr
DL 9 Alex Keith Jr
DB 11 Antonio Johnson Jr
DB 15 Marcus Jones Sr
DB 16 Steven Montgomery Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 18 Peter Westerhaus Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 19 Cedric Dicke Redshirt.svg So
DT 19 Gary Moore Fr
DB 22 Craig James Fr
LB 26 De'Vondre Campbell Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 28 Jalen Myrick So
DB 29 Briean Boddy-Calhoun Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 30 Chris Wipson Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 31 Eric Murray Jr
DB 32 John McKelvey Redshirt.svg So
DB 36 Cavonte Johnson Redshirt.svg So
DB 40 Alexander Starks Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 42 Dominic Schultz Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 45 Adekunle Ayinde Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 46 Cameron Botticelli Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 48 Davis Alexander Fr
LB 50 Jack Lynn Redshirt.svg So
DL 52 Yoshoub Timms Redshirt.svg So
DL 55 Theiren Cockran Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 56 Nick Rallis Redshirt.svg So
LB 57 Everett Williams Fr
LB 59 Ray Dixon Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 69 Justin Carr Jr
DL 87 Gaelin Elmore Fr
DL 90 Demaris Peppers Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 91 Julien Kafo Fr
DL 92 Robert Nondo-Lay Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 93 Ben Perry Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 94 Harold Legania Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 95 Hendrick Ekpe So
DT 96 Steven Richardson Fr
DL 97 Scott Ekpe Jr
DL 98 Michael Amaefula Sr
DE 99 Andrew Stelter Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 18 Ryan Santoso Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 25 Payton Jordahl Fr
K 33 Andrew Harte Redshirt.svg Fr
P 34 Logan McElfresh Fr
P 37 Peter Mortell Redshirt.svg Jr
K 38 Emmit Carpenter Fr
LS 40 Jared Hartmann Redshirt.svg Jr
P 41 Christian Eldred Sr
K 42 Justin Juenemann Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 49 Dave Ramlet Redshirt.svg Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tracy Claeys (Associate Head Coach)
  • Matt Limegrover (Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line)
  • Brian Anderson (Running Backs)
  • Jeff Phelps (Defensive Line)
  • Pat Poore (Wide Receivers)
  • Rob Reeves (H-Backs / Tight Ends)
  • Jay Sawvel (Defensive Backs / Special Teams)
  • Mike Sherels (Linebackers)
  • Jim Zebrowski (Quarterbacks / Passing Game Coordinator)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 6:00 PM No. 16 (FCS) Eastern Illinois* TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 42–20   44,344
September 6 2:30 PM Middle Tennessee* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 35–24   47,223
September 13 3:00 PM at TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX FS1 L 7–30   43,958
September 20 3:00 PM San Jose State* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 24–7   47,739
September 27 2:30 PM at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Battle for the Little Brown Jug) ABC/ESPN2 W 30–14   102,926
October 11 11:00 AM Northwestern TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 24–17   49,051
October 18 11:00 AM Purduedagger TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 39–38   51,241
October 25 11:00 AM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPNU L 24–28   44,437
November 8 11:00 AM Iowa TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN2 W 51–14   49,680
November 15 11:00 AM No. 8 Ohio State TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN ABC L 24–31   45,778
November 22 11:00 AM at No. 21 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) ESPN W 28–24   91,186
November 29 2:30 PM at No. 14 Wisconsin No. 22 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) BTN L 24–34   80,341
January 1 12:00 PM vs. No. 16 Missouri* Orlando Citrus Bowl StadiumOrlando, FL (Citrus Bowl) ABC L 17–33   48,624
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Eastern Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
E. Illinois 0 0020 20
• Minnesota 7 7721 42

Middle Tennessee[edit]

1 234Total
Mid Tennessee 0 0177 24
• Minnesota 7 2170 35

TCU[edit]

1 234Total
Minnesota 0 007 7
• TCU 10 1460 30

San Jose State[edit]

1 234Total
San Jose St 7 000 7
• Minnesota 10 707 24

Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
• Minnesota 0 10173 30
Michigan 0 707 14
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 102,926
  • Game weather: Sunny; mid 70s; wind 15–20 NE
  • Referee: J. McGinn

Northwestern[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 0 1007 17
• Minnesota 7 7010 24

Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Purdue 14 1770 38
• Minnesota 14 6163 39

Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Minnesota 0 3210 24
• Illinois 14 077 28

Iowa[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 7 007 14
• Minnesota 7 2879 51
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: TCF Bank Stadium
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 49,680
  • Game weather: Overcast; 38°F; wind 12 NNE
  • Referee: Shawn Smith

[8]

Ohio State[edit]

1 234Total
• Ohio St 14 377 31
Minnesota 0 14010 24

Nebraska[edit]

1 234Total
• Minnesota 7 0147 28
Nebraska 7 1430 24

Wisconsin[edit]

1 234Total
Minnesota 14 307 24
• Wisconsin 3 10714 34

Citrus Bowl[edit]

1 234Total
• Missouri 0 10914 33
Minnesota 7 0100 17

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV NR NR RV RV 22 RV RV RV 
Coaches RV RV RV NR NR RV RV RV 24 RV RV RV RV 22 25 RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR 25 25 18 NR 25 Not released

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