WEEK 1: South Dakota State vs. Minnesota
For Minnesota, one of their top offensive prospects is wide receiver Tyler Johnson, who is a smooth athlete with the ability to catch almost anything thrown his way. Despite Johnson’s career production and catch skill, , his teammate opposite of him (Rashod Bateman) had the more prolific evening while Johnson hauled in a more pedestrian three receptions for 28 yards.
On the Defensive side, cornerback Chris Williamson had the play of the night with an early pick-6, taking an errant screen throw to the house. Williamson, who plays primarily the nickel slot for for the Gophers, is a pretty good athlete who showed ball skills while reacting quickly on his interception return. His size and versatility to play multiple positions (potentially even free safety) will factor positively for him when he transitions to the NFL. The Gophers also have a couple of good-looking defensive end prospects in Sam Renner, who’s a longer-bodied 4/5 technique that recorded five tackles and a pass breakup; and edge defender Carter Coughlin, who is more in the mold of a designated pass rusher at the next level due to his ability to get off the ball in passing situations.
For South Dakota State, middle linebacker Christian Rozeboom is an athlete capable of backing up at numerous positions, and the two-time All-American led the Jackrabbits in the game with 11 total tackles, including one for a loss. While Rozeboom is all over the field, I do want to see him do a better job of securing some of his tackle attempts and not letting ball carriers squeak out additional yardage. In front of him, defensive end Ryan Earith possesses a thicker frame to hold up at the point of attack (POA) and flashed for South Dakota State while recording two tackles and one sack.