2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Team
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2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Team

2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Quick Lane Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2015 record6-7 (2-6 Big Ten)
Head coachJerry Kill (first 7 games, 5th year)
Tracy Claeys
(interim 2 games/HC last 3 games)
Offensive coordinatorMatt Limegrover (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorTracy Claeys (5th season)
CaptainK. J. Maye (4th year)
CaptainMitch Leidner (4th year)
CaptainBriean Boddy-Calhoun (3rd year)
CaptainEric Murray (4th year)
Home stadiumTCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 52,525)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Jerry Kill, who retired October 28, 2015 due to health reasons. Tracy Claeys[1] replaced Kill on an interim basis and was named head coach two weeks later.[2] The Gophers played their home games at TCF Bank Stadium. They were a member of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. Minnesota finished the regular season with a record of 5-7, 2-6 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for fifth place in the West Division. Despite finishing below .500, the Gophers were invited to the Quick Lane Bowl versus Central Michigan due to there not being enough bowl eligible teams and Minnesota's high Academic Performance Rating.[3] Minnesota defeated Central Michigan 21-14 to finish the season 6-7.

Recruiting

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40? Commit date
Beebe, Colton
FB
Kansas City, KS Piper HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 4.75
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 71
Brooks, Shannon
RB
Jasper, GA Pickens County HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 4.56
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Buford, Ray
ATH
Southfield, MI Southfield HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 4.65
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 75
Connelly, Nick
OL
Red Wing, MN Red Wing HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 269 lb (122 kg) 5.04
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Craighton, Alonzo
DB
Geismar, LA Dutchtown HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 4.60
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 77
Croft, Demry
QB
Rockford, IL Boylan Catholic HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 4.66
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
DeLattiboudere, Winston
DL
Ellicott City, MD Howard HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 4.78
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: NR
Dovich, Bronson
OL
Chaska, MN Chaska HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 290 lb (130 kg) N/A
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Femi-Cole, Jonathan
RB
Aurora, ON, CN St. Andrew's College 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 4.59
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Hall, Mose
DL
Mobile, AL Murphy HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 5.03
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Hardin, Kiante
ATH
Webb City, MO Webb City HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 4.55
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Huff, Jacob
DB
Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 4.65
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 76
Huff, Julian
LB
Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.70
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 75
Johannesson, James
RB
Fargo, ND Fargo South HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 4.55
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Johnson, Dior
DB
Southfield, MI Southfield HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) N/A
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 75
Moore, Tyler
OL
Houston, TX North Shore HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 317 lb (144 kg) N/A
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 77
Oseland, Quinn
OL
Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Griffin HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 303 lb (137 kg) 5.53
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 76
Register, Hunter
WR
Lafayette, LA Ovey Comeaux HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 4.58
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Rogers, Charlie
DB
Iowa City, IA Iowa Western CC (JC) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 4.47
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 78
Shenault, Antonio
DB
Roselle, IL Lake Park HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.61
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 72
Stieber, Ted
OL
Akron, OH Archbishop Hoban HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 298 lb (135 kg) 5.86
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 74
Still, Rashad
WR
El Paso, TX Andress HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.50
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN grade: 79
Waters, Jaylen
LB
Copperas Cove, TX Copperas Cove HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.63
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 77
Witham, Bryce
TE
Grand Rapids, MI West Catholic HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.68
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 56   Rivals: 52  247Sports: 63  ESPN: 62
  • ? Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com 2015 Minnesota Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015.
  • "Scout.com 2015 Minnesota Commitments". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015.
  • "ESPN 2015 Minnesota Commitments". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015.

Schedule

Minnesota faced all six Big Ten West Division opponents: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin. The Gophers also faced Big Ten East Division opponents Michigan and Ohio State.[4] Minnesota played four non-conference games: TCU of the Big 12 Conference, Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference, and Kent State and Ohio of the Mid-American Conference. Minnesota had one bye week during the season between their games against Nebraska and Michigan.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 8:00 PM #2 TCU* TCF Bank Stadium o Minneapolis, MN ESPN L 17-23   54,147[5]
September 12 2:30 PM at Colorado State* Hughes Stadium o Fort Collins, CO CBSSN W 23-20   32,500[6]
September 19 11:00 AM Kent State* TCF Bank Stadium o Minneapolis, MN BTN W 10-7   52,823[7]
September 26 2:30 PM Ohio*dagger TCF Bank Stadium o Minneapolis, MN BTN W 27-24   53,917[8]
October 3 11:00 AM at #16 Northwestern Ryan Field o Evanston, IL BTN L 0-27   30,044[9]
October 10 2:30 PM at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium o West Lafayette, IN ESPNU W 41-13   33,780[10]
October 17 2:30 PM Nebraska TCF Bank Stadium o Minneapolis, MN ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) ESPN2 L 25-48   54,062[11]
October 31 6:00 PM #15 Michigan TCF Bank Stadium o Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN L 26-29   50,789[12]
November 7 7:00 PM at #1 Ohio State Ohio Stadium o Columbus, OH ABC L 14-28   108,075[13]
November 14 7:00 PM at #8 Iowa Kinnick Stadium o Iowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) BTN L 35-40   70,585[14]
November 21 11:00 AM Illinois TCF Bank Stadium o Minneapolis, MN ESPNews W 32-23   47,976
November 28 2:30 PM Wisconsin TCF Bank Stadium o Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ABC L 21-31   52,850
December 28 4:00 PM vs. Central Michigan* Ford Field o Detroit, MI (Quick Lane Bowl) ESPN2 W 21-14   34,217
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster

References

  1. ^ Christensen, Joe (October 28, 2015). "Jerry Kill Retires As U football Coach Due to Health Problems". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Tracy Claeys named University of Minnesota football coach". Star Tribune. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Gophers could still be eligible for bowl berth". Fox Sports. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "2015-2016 Schedule". University of Minnesota Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 4, 2015). "Gophers Drop Their Chances to Knock off Horned Frogs". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 13, 2015). "Gophers Need OT to Top Colorado State 23-20". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 20, 2015). "Signals About QB Are Mixed After Gophers Sputter in Win Over Kent State". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Christensen, Joe (September 27, 2015). "Gophers Score on Final Drive to Escape with Win Over Ohio". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Arnold, Jeff (October 4, 2015). "Gophers Drop the Ball in Big Ten Opener". Post-Bulletin. Rochester, MN. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ Washburn, Jeff (October 13, 2015). "Purdue Seeking Answers at Season's Midway Point, Travel to Wisconsin Next". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Archived from the original on October 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Christensen, Joe (October 18, 2015). "Nebraska Overpowers Gophers for 48-25 Victory". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ Christensen, Joe (October 31, 2015). "Gophers-Michigan Game Recap". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ Christensen, Joe (November 8, 2015). "Too Little, Too Late As Gophers Fall 28-14 to Ohio State". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ Christensen, Joe (November 15, 2015). "Iowa Keeps U Hog-Tied". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015.

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