Ben Lauer, who just completed his redshirt freshman season with the Gophers, was one of five offensive linemen named to the Freshman All-America team by the Football Writers Association of America. The Freshman team includes both true and redshirt freshmen.
Lauer, an offensive takle from Wayzata, was one of four Big Ten players named to the team, joining offensive lineman Jack Conklin and place-kicker Michael Geiger of Michigan State and defensive lineman Joey Bosa of Ohio State.
The quarterback of the team is Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State.
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.