|11-18-2005, 10:33 AM||#1|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Sep 2003
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.