The Minnesota Golden Gophers defense was loaded with questions entering the 2013 season, but that unit led the team to an 8-5 record. The defense forced turnovers and put points on the board.
The Gophers defense finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference in scoring defense allowing 22.2 points per game last season. They also finished sixth in the conference in yards allowed per game with 373.2. The Gophers should rely less on their defense next season, but still needs to build on last season’s success.
The Gophers lose a big part of their defense to graduation, but several key players are returning. Here are the five best players on the Gophers defense.