Two run heavy offenses squared off in Detroit in the Quick Lane Bowl. However, Minnesota was able to make more plays in the passing game, en route to a 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:
62 Jared Weyler (6’4 300) Minnesota OC/OG- Senior
Weyler has missed time over his career in Minnesota with a torn tricep and a torn ACL but when he is on the field, he provides toughness and leads the heavy run Gophers offense. The senior can play both guard and center. He is not the most athletic prospect and looks a little stiff when forced to block on screens. Against Georgia Tech, he did show the ability to call out blocking formations and provide a clean lane for his runners. Weyler, a captain for the Golden Gophers, projects best at the next level as a center.
24 Mohamed Ibrahim (5’10 205) Minnesota RB-Freshman
Ibrahim is only a freshman but he impressed all season long with his ability to serve as a workhorse running back. Despite his 31 touches in the Quick Lane Bowl, Ibrahim never looked tired or worn down. He is also a willing blocker in passing formations. For the season, Ibrahim finished with 1,160 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 202 carries. The running back from Olney, Maryland, didn’t get a chance to show his ability to catch very much this year (four receptions for 26 yards). In a few years, look for Ibrahim’s name to come up as a potential NFL prospect.
6 Tyler Johnson (6’2 200) Minnesota WR-Junior
Johnson is the best receiving weapon for the Golden Gophers. His explosiveness off the line of scrimmage is lethal. He was able to sell a move to the inside in order to get a clean release on the outside for a touchdown in the first quarter. Against Georgia Tech, Johnson hauled in two touchdowns on four receptions for 57 yards. For the season, Johnson had 78 catches for 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns. Johnson projects best as an X-receiver, who has the skills off the line to scare cornerbacks in man-to-man coverage.
Look here at how Johnson uses explosiveness in his routes, high- points the football and makes a play:
3 Tre Swilling (6’0 195) Georgia Tech CB-Freshman
The son of former Saints Pro Bowler Pat Swilling, the younger version stood out in the Quick Lane Bowl because of his clean hips and ability to mirror receivers. Swilling didn’t see much action to his side against Minnesota and at times it looked as if the Golden Gophers offense was intentionally avoiding him. For the season, Swilling had one forced fumble, an interception and six pass deflections. Swilling has the skills and bloodlines to be a next level talent. As the years go on, his progress will be worth monitoring.