3. TOP MINNESOTA PLAYERS
Best Minnesota Offensive Player
WR Tyler Johnson, Sr.
The 6-2, 200-pound senior went from being a dangerous deep threat as a sophomore to a dangerous all-around target as a junior, catching 78 passes for 1,169 yards and 12 scores, averaging 15 yards per catch. He was able to come up big from time to time – Minnesota was 4-0 when he caught multiple touchdown passes – but his consistency with four catches or more in every game but one was exactly what the offense needed.
2. RB Mo Ibrahim, Soph.
3. OG Blaise Andries, Soph.
4. OT Daniel Faalele, Soph.
5. RB Rodney Smith, Sr. (Note: He’s No. 2 if he’s healthy)
Best Minnesota Defensive Player
DE/LB Carter Coughlin, Sr.
Along with Blake Cashman, Coughlin did a whole lot to get into the backfield, coming up with a team-high 9.5 sacks with 15 tackles for loss and 48 stops. The 6-4, 245-pounder is a hybrid edge rusher who’s listed at linebacker, but is really more of a defensive end with the burst to live behind the line. A one-time great recruit for the program, he has more than lived up to the expectations.
2. S Antoine Winfield, Jr.
3. LB Thomas Barber, Sr.
4. LB Kamal Martin, Sr.
5. CB Coney Durr, Jr.