Blake Friesen, high school teammate of Philip Nelson, will try to walk on with U in 2013
June 29, 2012 — 2:30pm
One of Philip Nelson's favorite high school targets is changing his route.
Blake Friesen, who originally was set to walk-on with MSU-Mankato, has instead opted to attend the U of M. He intends to enroll in January and go through spring practice in 2013 in hopes of walking on with the Gophers, it was confirmed Friday.
Friesen caught 63 passes for 1,181 yards and 21 TDs last season at Mankato West, playing with Nelson, the highly touted incoming Gophers freshman.
“We’ve played together since we were in fifth grade,” Friesen told the Mankato Free-Press. “He knows how to get me the football, and we were a very good combination. Hopefully, we can carry that over to college.”
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.
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