Winfield Jr. Named 1st-Team All-American, Fleck Gets 6th Coach of the Year Nom.

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It’s another day gone and another day full of awards and award nominations for the Minnesota Gophers. Again, we are seeing Antoine Winfield do things that Gophers haven’t done for years. We haven’t had a Walter Camp All-American since 2005, let alone a 1st-teamer. The Redshirt Freshman had 83 tackles and 7 interceptions. He is a hawk in the back of this defense… one that quarterbacks fear evertime they release the football.

Whether he comes back for his RS JR season is yet to be seen… but I just can’t imagine he does. I just hope he does..

Meanwhile, PJ Fleck racked up his 6th Coach of the Year nomination/award, this time as a “Bear Bryant Coach of the Year” finalist. Here is the list, as it now stands:

  1. George Munger COY Finalist
  2. Eddie Robinson COY Finalist
  3. Bobby Dodd COY Trophy Finalist
  4. Big Ten’s Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year
  5. AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year
  6. Bear Bryant COY Finalist

It isn’t just PJ Fleck and Antoine Winfield Jr. who are racking up awards for this historic Minnesota Gophers football team. Nah, we have Big Ten All-Americans litering the field. Rashod Bateman was also named the Big Ten WR of the year and Winfield won the Big Ten DB of the year, not to mention a couple of Academic All-Americans. Tanner Morgan got some national honors at QB too… What an incredible season in so many different aspects.

And it’s only the beginning.

Lastly… but certainly the opposite of least, is Casey O’Brien, who was just honored with the “Disney Spirit Award” on ESPN tonight for his couragous battle with cancer. A battle in which he has won 4-5 times, depending on whether or not you count his last surgery a couple of weeks ago, in which he had a spot removed from his lungs. What an inspiration.

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