Dominik London, a redshirt freshman running back for the Gophers who did not see action this season, said Monday that he intends to transfer and has received an offer from North Dakota.
London, a former East Ridge standout, rushed for 3,916 yards and 41 touchdowns in his high school career. The 5-9, 205-pounder spent the 2017 season as a redshirt with the Gophers. He is the first Gophers player from the 2018 team to announce that he is transferring.
London faced a crowded backfield situation with the Gophers. Minnesota’s top two running backs entering the season, Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, both suffered season-ending knee injuries but plan to return for their senior years in 2019. The Gophers’ leading rusher this season, Mohamed Ibrahim, has 936 yards as a redshirt freshman, and their No. 2 rusher, Bryce Williams, has 500 as a true freshman. Nolan Edmonds, a freshman who's redshirting this year, also is in the mix.
The Gophers also have recruiting Class of 2019 verbal commitments from running back Treyson Potts of Williamsport, Pa., plus a pair of athlete recruits in Jason Williamson of Owatonna and Cameron Wiley of Las Vegas who played running back in high school.
Three Gophers -- long snapper Payton Jordahl and defensive linemen Gary Moore and Sam Renner – earned Academic All-America honors as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The honor recognizes players for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Jordahl and Moore, both seniors, earned first-team honors, while Renner, a junior, was named to the second team. That ties a single-season program record for Academic All-America honors, joining the trio of Justin Conzemius, Omar Douglas and Jeff Rosga, who each earned second-team honors in 1993.
Jordahl and Moore are pursuing their master’s degrees in youth development leadership, while Renner is seeking his master’s of accountancy. All three carry 4.0 grade-point averages, joining 14 other Division I players with 4.0 GPAs.