Freshman RB excels at Gophers practice

  • Updated: August 14, 2007 - 10:43 PM

The Gophers football team concluded practice Tuesday with a mini-scrimmage and true freshman tailback Duane Bennett stole the show.

With Jay Thomas sidelined because of a sore knee, Bennett got reps with the first team and rushed for 39 yards on nine carries, including a 16-yard touchdown run. Bennett showed speed, power and effort and impressed coaches and teammates.

"Duane Bennett is an outstanding football player," coach Tim Brewster said. "He's making us a better football team right now."

Said senior linebacker John Shevlin, "That kid is impressive."

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• Reserve quarterback Mike Frankberg put off medical school until next semester so he can play his senior season.

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