Antoine Winfield Jr Named Unanimous 1st Team All-American; 7th in Gopher Football History
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It's Unanimous! #Gophers @AntoineWJr11 is school's first unanimous All-American since 2005. https://t.co/HNZVVOHER5#SkiUMah // #RTB pic.twitter.com/XyxtGHp9mS
— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) December 19, 2019
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It’s official, Antoine Winfield Jr. is the first unanimous 1st-Team All-American for the Minnesota Gophers since 2005. Winfield joins a brotherhood that included just 6 men before he got there. He and Greg Eslinger (C-2005) are the only two Gophers in the modern age to earn this national distinction. The others all received their honor sometime (in the GOLDEN Gopher ages) from 1936-1962. In other words… This is a BIG deal.
- Ed Widseth (1936)
- Clayton Tonnemaker (1949)
- Paul Giel (1953)
- Tom Brown (1960),
- Bobby Bell (1962)
We shouldn’t be surprised though, since his dad did the same thing for Ohio State in 1998. Remember though, even with his impeccable lineage, Winfield was NOT a high-profile recruit. According to 247Sports.com, Antoine Jr. was only a mediocre 3-star (.8285) recruit back in 2016.
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In order to be considered a “unanimous” 1st-Team All-American, you need to be awarded the honor by all 5 accredited associations:
- AFCA (American Football Coaches Association)
- Associated Press
- FWAA (Football Writers Association of America)
- Sporting News
- Walter Camp Foundation
Set your notifications for our LIVE (you don’t want notifications for all of them…) Twitter streams if you’d like to hear from Antoine Winfield Jr. tomorrow around lunch time, when he is set to meet with media after practice.
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