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Gophers’ Senior Day includes 15 players, a few of them NFL prospects

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The Gophers on Saturday celebrated Senior Day, with 15 players participating within the pregame ceremony with their families at Huntington Bank Stadium. Fourteen needless to say won’t return or will exhaust their collegiate eligibility this season, capping their home careers with a 13-10 loss to Iowa.

The one player who has eligibility left but participated within the ceremony is safety Tyler Nubin, the team’s leader in interceptions and a player who’ll have a choice to make in regards to the NFL. Nubin has been a daily within the lineup since 2019 and is taken into account one among the highest defensive backs within the Big Ten. Coach P.J. Fleck has acknowledged that Nubin could leave for the NFL draft, but added, “We’ll leave a light-weight on for him.”

One other player with a yr of eligibility remaining who could draw NFL interest is tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford, who didn’t take part in the ceremony. When asked if he was considering returning for the 2023 season, Spann-Ford on Wednesday said: “We’ll see. That is all I actually got to say.”

Others who participated within the ceremony were linebacker Josh Aune, guard Chuck Filiaga, wide receiver Clay Geary, safety Jordan Howden, running back Mohamed Ibrahim, running back Preston Jelen, quarterback Tanner Morgan, tight end Samuel Pickerign, guard Axel Ruschmeyer, defensive end Thomas Rush, center John Michael Schmitz, cornerback Terell Smith, linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin, long snapper Austin Sullivan and kicker Matthew Trickett.

It was an emotional postgame for this group of Gophers, who didn’t beat Iowa of their careers.

“That is one we desired to get, but obviously you do not like the result we got,” Rush said. “You have a look at the blokes within the [locker] room and you simply may be proud in regards to the way we played. … You only need to think in regards to the guys around here and the way much you have grown near them.”

Fleck, who has raved all season about how connected this team is, saluted the seniors for what they’ve meant to this system.

“I could not be more pleased with our seniors, couldn’t be more pleased with their courage, their heart their fight,” he said.

Kaliakmanis starts

Redshirt freshman quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis made his third start of the season. Morgan, who missed last week’s game against Northwestern due to an upper body injury, didn’t dress in pads for the sport. On Oct. 15 at Illinois, Morgan suffered a concussion. He returned to begin the Oct. 29 win over Rutgers but left the Nov. 5 game at Nebraska after taking a tough hit late within the second quarter.

Kaliakmanis had to go away Saturday’s game for a few plays within the second quarter to be checked after the independent medical spotter saw him take successful to the top. He returned to attach with Daniel Jackson for a 29-yard gain and Le’Meke Brockington for 12 yards, establishing the Gophers’ lone touchdown. Cole Kramer entered the sport when Kaliakmanis was getting checked.

Etc.

  • The kickoff temperature for Saturday’s game was 17 degrees, which made it the second-coldest Gophers game within the stadium. The coldest was in 2014 against Ohio State, when the kickoff temperature was 15.
  • Wisconsin linebacker Nick Herbig, who leads the Big Ten with 11 sacks, received a targeting penalty and was ejected from the Badgers’ game at Nebraska within the second half. He’ll miss the primary half next week against the Gophers due to the penalty.
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