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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Minnesota to start 400-pound freshman OL Daniel Faalele

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.

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.

Minnesota is 3-2 and will visit Ohio State on Saturday for their toughest game of the season. Welcome to the big time, Daniel.

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