There's a chance Minnesota uses its 6-foot-9, 400-pound lineman as a running back this fall
It would be the most unstoppable goal line package in all of college football. If Minnesota handed the ball to 6-foot-9, 400-pound offensive lineman Daniel Faalele, defenses would have a lot of trouble stopping it.
And, apparently, P.J. Fleck isn’t opposed to giving the ball to the big fella when the regular season rolls around.
On Sunday, while interacting with a fan, Fleck apparently “left the door open” for Faalele to line up in the backfield a few times in the 2019 season. That report came from Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press, who tweeted out the Gophers could use the massive offensive lineman for multiple purposes.
#Gophers football coach PJ Fleck, in convo with a fan, left the door wide open on whether 6-foot-9, 400-pound right tackle Daniel Faalale has a carry during 2019 season. His spring game rush for a touchdown might not have been just flair or just due to U’s running back shortage.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) June 3, 2019
Faalele got a carry in Minnesota’s spring game, taking a handoff from about the 6-yard line. He plowed through every Gophers defender and stayed on his feet on his way to the end zone.
It was arguably the best highlight from the entire spring season in college football.
You just never know who will get a carry in the @GopherFootball Spring Game…
Daniel Faalele took this one six yards for the touchdown! pic.twitter.com/1h3OSpPIkT
— Minnesota Gophers (@GopherSports) April 16, 2019
That play may not have been just a fun design for the spring game. It’s kind of a scary thought for opposing defenses.
As if Minnesota’s run game wasn’t potent enough — returning Mohamed Ibrahim, Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks — defenses may have to game plan for a 6-foot-9, 400-pound offensive lineman inside the red zone.
Talk about multiple weapons.
It’ll be interesting to see if Fleck does opt to use Faalele at points out of the backfield or if he just wants to keep other teams in the B1G guessing. Considering how powerful Faalele was on that one run this spring, it’s hard to imagine the Gophers don’t try it at least once or twice this season.