Gophers Stack Running Back Room with Michigan State Transfer

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The Minnesota Gophers are determined to improve an offense that was downright immobile in 2023. The’ve brought in a new quarterback, multiple wide receivers, and after adding Michigan State running back Jaren Mangham, three veteran transfer portal running backs to tag-team with rising star, Darius Taylor.

Jaren Mangham commits to Minnesota Gophers

Mangham is a former 3-star high schooler out of Detroit (MI), who has played college football all over the country, including Colorado, USF and MSU. The 24-year-old has one year of eligibility remaining and joins a stacked Minnesota running back room that includes the aforementioned Taylor, along with transfers Sieh Bangura (Ohio) and Marcus Major (Oklahoma).

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The best two seasons of Mangham’s career came in 2019 (Colorado) and, especially, 2021 (USF) when he rushed for 671 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Gophers have gone through a lot of running backs the last couple seasons and PJ Fleck clearly doesn’t want to allow injuries and a lack of depth play a part in derailing their 2024 campaign.

RushRushRushRushReceReceRece
YearSchoolConfClassGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsTD
2019ColoradoPac-12FR121074414.1310410
*2020ColoradoPac-12SO423351.521100
2021South FloridaAmericanJR121606714.2155500
2022South FloridaAmericanSR4241044.334240
2023Michigan StateBig TenSR630812.707370
CareerOverall34413323.923271620
Colorado1304763.7511510
South Florida1847754.2189740
Michigan State30812.707370
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 5/8/2024.

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