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Eslinger-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
I have been pimping this guy for the last two years, his size and attributes would be a great fit in Denver I think.
Offensive player of the year: Greg Eslinger, Minnesota center. This one's a bit unorthodox, but Eslinger's mastery of his position has allowed the Golden Gophers to establish the top rushing offense in the nation. Minnesota puts up the numbers no matter who's doing the running -- from star rusher Laurence Maroney to second-stringer Gary Russell and third-stringer Amir Pinnix, who gained 206 yards last week against MSU. Runners-up: Brett Basanez, Northwestern; Maroney; Michael Robinson, Penn State.
November 17, 2005 - University of Minnesota center Greg Eslinger has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by the Detroit Free Press.
Eslinger has started all 48 games of his career along with linemate Mark Setterstrom, which represents the longest current starting streak by any player in the nation. The Gophers have limited the opposition to only 46 sacks over Eslinger’s four-year career (2002-05), the fewest in the Big Ten (second fewest - Northwestern, 65).
A Rimington Award candidate and Lombardi Award semifinalist, Eslinger is also a 2005 National Scholar Athlete/Draddy Trophy finalist. The two-time All- American has helped the Gophers average 503.2 yards of total offense, which currently ranks third-best in Big Ten history, sixth in the nation and is the highest average in school history. He is the central force in Minnesota averaging 295 rushing yards per game, which currently ranks as the fourth-highest average in Big Ten history, leads the nation and represents the highest average in school history. Eslinger has helped Minnesota average 6.5 yards per play, the second-highest average in school history, and 5.6 yards per rush, the school’s best average per rush all time. He is part of a line that has accumulated 300 yards of total offense in a school-record 31 straight games and 36 of the past 37 games. The Bismarck native has also been a key component in an offense that has scored 47 touchdowns, the second most in school history.
Eslinger helped the Gophers become the only school in the nation to both run and pass for at least 2,000 yards the past seven seasons.
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Join Date: Sep 2003
Greg Eslinger - #61
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 285
Hometown: Bismarck , N.D.
Old School: Bismarck HS
Selected to the 2005 Playboy All-America Team, the second consecutive season he has earned that prestigious honor • named a preseason All-American by Athlon, Lindy’s and Street & Smith’s • rated the No. 1 center in the country by Lindy’s • has been named to the 2005 Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists • a team-first player who is recognized as one of the nation’s top centers • has all the tools, combining intelligence with technique • has great vision and a feel for his surroundings • coaches and media love his intensity and how he plays through the whistle on every play • follows in a line of great Gopher centers and is the key to the Gophers’ zone-blocking schemes.
Career Notes: Has started all 38 games of his career dating back to his true freshman season of 2002.
2004 • Junior Season: Named to FWAA All-America Team • selected to the SI.com All-America Team • finalist for the Rimington Trophy • semifinalist for the Lombardi Award • ESPN.com All-Bowl Team selection • first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media • only the third Golden Gopher since 1963 to be named first-team all-league by coaches and the media in consecutive seasons • due to Gophers’ zone-blocking technique, is one of the most active centers in the nation • started all 12 games • helped the Gophers average 438.3 yards of total offense, which ranked third-best in the Big Ten, 15th in the nation and is the second-highest average in school history • Minnesota’s 256.8 rushing yards per game led the Big Ten, ranked fifth nationally and represents the second-highest average in school history • unquestioned leader of an offensive line that allowed just nine sacks in 12 games, the second-best mark in the Big Ten and the fewest at Minnesota since 1970 • helped Minnesota average 6.3 yards per play, the second-highest average in school history, and 5.4 yards per rush, the school’s second-best average all-time • part of an offense that averaged 30.1 points a game, the fourth-highest total in school history • key component to a Gopher team that scored 47 touchdowns, the second most in school history • helped the Gophers become the only school in the nation to both run and pass for at least 2,000 yards the past six seasons • part of a line that has accumulated 300 yards of total offense in a school-record 27 straight games heading into 2005 • his blocks aided tailbacks Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney in becoming the first players in NCAA history to each rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons (2003 & 2004) • helped the offense establish a school-record sixth consecutive season with a 1,000-yard rusher by blocking for two 1,000-yard tailbacks in 2003 and 2004 • Academic All-Big Ten selection • second-team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team • scholar-athlete award winner • participated in 944 plays • earned third letter. Preseason: selected to the 2004 Playboy All-America Team • named a preseason second-team All-American and rated as the second-best center in the country by both The Sporting News and Lindy’s • also named a preseason All-American by Athlon.
2003 • Sophomore Season: Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press, becoming the second All-American center coached by Glen Mason (Ben Hamilton) • first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media • named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com and second-team All-America by SI.com • recipient of the team’s Butch Nash Award, which is given to the individual that exhibits competitiveness on the field and in the classroom • the starting point of an offense that led the Big Ten in all of the following categories and finished third nationally in rush offense (289.2 ypg), fourth nationally in total offense (494.6 ypg), and seventh in the NCAA in scoring offense (38.7) • an integral part of an offense which not only rewrote the school record book in 2003, but set a Big Ten record for total offense (6,430) and finished with the fourth-highest rushing total (3,759) and sixth-highest point total (503) in Big Ten history • also helped the team set school records for rushing touchdowns (46), total touchdowns (66), yards-per-play (6.6), 500-yard games (7) and 200-yard rushing games (11) • part of a line that yielded just 16 sacks in 13 games, which was the least in the Big Ten • helped tailbacks Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney each surpass 1,100 yards rushing • Academic All-Big Ten selection • 2003 Verizon Academic All-District V selection • scholar-athlete award winner • participated in 993 plays • earned second letter.
2002 • Freshman Season: True freshman center who started all 13 games • named to The Sporting News All-America Freshman Second Team and The Sporting News Big Ten All-Freshman Team • earned high praise from coaches for his ability to step into the lineup in his first season of collegiate competition • a major force on an offensive line which helped the Gophers’ finish 20th in the nation and third in the Big Ten in rush offense (213.3 ypg) • helped the Gophers’ accumulate 200 yards rushing in seven games and over 400 yards of total offense in six games • limited the opposition to only 1.3 sacks per game, good for second in the conference • helped the offense establish a school-record fourth consecutive season with a 1,000-yard rusher • paved the way for Terry Jackson II’s two 200-yard rushing games • contributed to nine 100-yard rushing performances by three different players (Terry Jackson II, 4; Thomas Tapeh, 4; Asad Abdul-Khaliq, 1) • part of Jackson II and Tapeh’s three straight games with at least 100 yards rushing by each, which set a school record • scholar-athlete award winner • saw action on 927 plays • earned his first letter.
High School: A graduate of Bismarck High School (N.D.) • high school coach was Mark Gibson • AAA State Player of the Year his senior season • finished the year with a 12-0 record and a state title • racked up 218 tackles in his three seasons, including 100 solos and 19 sacks • earned all-state honors and named the team’s MVP as a junior and senior • collected all-conference accolades in each of his three letterwinning seasons • played defensive tackle, offensive guard and tight end • received six other letters as a defenseman on the hockey team (2) and as a shot/discus thrower on the track team (4) • finished fifth in the state in the discus in 2000 and second in 2001 • member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Health and wellness major • son of George and Kay Eslinger • born April 23, 1983 • engaged to Stephanie Todd • lists Tampa Bay fullback Mike Alstott as one of his favorite players • is a fan of alternative and country music.