Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Roster Breakdown: Special Teams

Joseph GuntherContributor ISeptember 1, 2010

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Tim Brewster of the Minnesota Golden Gophers signals for a first down during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa State Cyclones at Arizona Stadium on December 31, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. The Cyclones defeated the Golden Gophers 14-13.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The University of Minnesota football team has a lot of uncertainty throughout its starting lineup, but the Golden Gophers' special teams unit features mostly experienced veterans.

The youngest, most inexperienced specialist is redshirt freshman Dan Orseske. Even though he redshirted, he had nine punts in two games last season. His average of 44.6 yards per punt would have led the Big Ten if he had enough punts to qualify.

Eric Ellestad tied for the conference lead in field goal percentage, converting 13 of his 17 attempts. The positive was that he missed only one field goal inside 40 yards, but the negative is that he was 0-for-3 beyond it.

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