Gophers running back Mo Ibrahim snubbed as finalist for national award
Six-year senior was named to all-Big Ten first team, but also lost conference award to Michigan's Blake Corum.
ST. PAUL -- Running back Mo Ibrahim has the statistics to show how much he’s put the Minnesota Gophers on his back this season. The sixth-year senior is second in the nation with 145 rushing yards per game and 19 rushing touchdowns.
But Ibrahim was left off the finalist list of Doak Walker Award on Monday, despite having better numbers in those two categories than the three finalists — Bijan Robinson (Texas), Chase Brown (Illinois) and Blake Corum (Michigan).
Minnesota center John Michael Schmitz was left off the list of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top interior lineman, on Monday. The Football Writers Association of America named Olusegun Oluwatimi (Michigan), Peter Skoronski (Northwestern) and Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh) as the Outland’s top three.
With Oluwatimi also playing center, this development could be a sign Schmitz could miss out on the Rimington Trophy given to the nation’s best center. However, the Rimington factors in Pro Football Focus grades, and Schmitz’s numbers are better than Oluwatimi’s.
All-Big Ten Honorees
On Wednesday, Ibrahim and Schmitz were named all-Big Ten first team. Ibrahim, however, did not win the conference’s running back of the year honor, which went to Michigan’s Corum.
Minnesota had only one defensive player named all-Big Ten second team, safety Tyler Nubin, and one named to the third team, linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin. Seven earned honorable mention: linebacker Cody Lindenberg, defensive ends Danny Striggow and Thomas Rush, safety Jordan Howden, cornerback Terell Smith, defensive tackles Trill Carter and Kyler Baugh.
Two special teams players were named honorable mention, as well: kicker Matthew Trickett and returner Quentin Redding.
P.J. Fleck received a $100,000 bonus for reaching eight regular-season wins on Saturday; the sixth-year coach has that incentive in the revised contract he signed last November. … When the Gophers beat Wisconsin after trailing 16-13 entering the fourth quarter, it marked the third time in 25 games Fleck’s Gophers have rallied from that situation since 2017. … Defensive back Steven Ortiz Jr. said Monday he will enter the NCAA transfer portal. The Goodyear, Ariz., native came to Minnesota as a four-star recruit but the second-year player appeared in only one game. … DB Jalen Glaze, who was removed from the roster last week, also said he intends to transfer, as did second-year offensive lineman Cameron James.
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