Minnesota to start 400-pound freshman OL Daniel Faalele
Minnesota’s football team is not often viewed as must-see TV, but that may be changing. The Golden Gophers will have a new starter at right tackle who is someone fans will want to check out.
As The Daily Gopher pointed out on Tuesday, Minnesota’s newly-released depth chart shows that true freshman Daniel Faalele is now listed as the starting right tackle. Why do you need to see him? Faalele is 6-foot-9 and 400 pounds.
— Daniel Faalele???????? (@DanielFaalele_) December 10, 2017
Faalele is from Australia and actually attended one of Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camps. He only began playing football at IMG Academy as a junior, so the true freshman is still very new to the sport.
The original plan was to have Faalele redshirt the season, but things changed after redshirt sophomore Sam Schlueter had a rough game against Iowa, leading Faalele to play for him. The Gophers decided they need Faalele at right tackle for the rest of the season.
Looks like Faalele will be starting at RT for the next seven games.
— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) October 9, 2018
Minnesota is 3-2 and will visit Ohio State on Saturday for their toughest game of the season. Welcome to the big time, Daniel.