Phenom Freshman Darius Taylor Announces He’s Staying in Minnesota

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It’s transfer portal season and every team around the country has a player or two that they are deathly afraid of losing. For the University of Minnesota, that player is phenom freshman running back, Darius Taylor, who won Big Ten Freshman of the Week three of the five weeks he played this season.

The only two weeks he didn’t win freshman of the week honors, he totaled just 17 carries. In the three games he took 20 or more carries, he rushed for 529 yards and four touchdowns.

RushRushRushRushReceReceRece
DateOpponentAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvg
2023-08-31Nebraska133.0000
2023-09-09Eastern Michigan331935.812136.5
2023-09-16North Carolina221386.3112525.0
2023-09-23Northwestern311986.423186.0
2023-10-21Iowa16593.703258.3
5 Games1035915.749819.0
BOLD: Big Ten Freshman of the Week | CFB at Sports Reference

Darius Taylor announces return to Minnesota Gophers

On Saturday afternoon, Taylor decided their was no reason to have fans panicking about his eventual departure, when it wasn’t going to happen. So, he made an announcement via Twitter, to put the Minnesota fanbase at ease.

Thanks to his partnership with the U of M collective, Dinkytown Athletes, Darius Taylor is returning to the Gophers for his sophomore season in 2024.

Obviously, Taylor’s biggest problem this season was staying healthy. . If he can stay on the field next year, it would go a long ways in erasing what happened to this program in 2023, the worst season of the PJ Fleck era in Minnesota.

Because magic happens when this kid gets the ball in his hands.