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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Two Time Minnesota All State Receiver to Walk On with Gophers
Two time Minnesota All State wide receiver Hunter Friesen has decided to walk on Gophers football team. Hunter had initially decided to walk on at Minnesota St. Mankato, but Hunter's desire to play D1 football led him to the Gophers. He was lightly recruited coming out of high school due to his size 5'10" 170 lbs, but he does possess solid speed. Hunter was the star wide receiver for Mankato West High School where he racked up 63 catches for 1,181 yards and 21 TDs. He was also the favorite target of his more well known high school teammate, Gophers freshman quarterback Philip Nelson. According to a great article by Mike Blaha at Gophers Digest, Hunter and Philip have played football together since fifth grade. With Philip seeming to be the heir apparent at quarterback for the Gophers, the chemistry he has with Hunter bodes well for his future. There is a great quote in Mike's article where Hunter states, "I'll do whatever I have to do to play. If they want me to play D back, I'll play D back. Anything I can do to play. I'm going to put everything on the line to get on the field and get playing time." I don't think it hurts to bring in a kid with a chip on his shoulder that is willing to work hard and has a proven track record of productivity, especially when it doesn't even cost the Gophers a scholarship. Welcome to the Gophers, Hunter!