Blake Cashman had a big year as a redshirt sophomore in 2016, leading the team with 7.5 sacks. He was rewarded for that effort with a full ride. Fleck announced it earlier this week on Twitter, but the program showed how he was found out — via an “elite” Easter egg hunt — on Friday.
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Those moments never get old, and Cashman vowed to continue his hard work even without the walk-on label. Cashman began the 2016 season mainly as a special teams contributor, but he worked his way up the depth chart to become a starter on the Golden Gophers defense.
He finished the season with 45 tackles, won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Northwestern (10 tackles, two sacks, forced fumble) and earned defensive MVP honors for his performance in the team’s Holiday Bowl win over Washington State. In that game, he totaled a career-high 12 tackles along with two tackles for loss and a sack.
Minnesota will play its spring game on Saturday at noon.
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