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Fruechte making most of chances with Gophers


Minneapolis, MINNESOTA (WXOW)  Gophers star receiver Derrick Engel's status for Saturday's showdown with the Badgers is uncertain due to a knee injury.

If he can't go, that means Caledonia native Isaac Fruechte could play a bigger role.

Fruechte is living out his dream playing wide receiver for the Minnesota Gophers. 

"You know it's been a great experience it's been a goal for basically my whole life, it just feels good to be up here and kind of living my dream you know try to help us get to the top of the Big Ten and be the best we can be," Fruechte told News 19 Sports during an interview Wednesday.

As one of the Gophers more experienced players, Fruechte has been a leader both on and off the field for Minnesota.

"I think the biggest thing with him is there is a maturity there with him, he is the veteran guy in that group, he's done a great job of mentoring those young kids which is a pretty unselfish thing because when your in that position like wide receiver every your not out there is an opportunity for a ball to be thrown your way," said offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover.

"I try to help everybody out no matter who it is but most definitely working with some of the young kids get them to take meetings more serious take notes or you name it," Fruechte said.

While Fruechte's statistics might not be the most gaudy in the country, he has just 8 catches for 97 yards, he's a team-first guy who does anything to help the team win.

"You can take all the talent in the world but you put a heart in somebody and that kid has all the heart in the world and fight," said head coach Jerry Kill.

"The better I can be the better the team can have it doesn't matter either way just trying to help us win and get better and better everyday," Fruechte said.

Fruechte has jelled with his Gopher teammates since arriving in Minneapolis, and that includes quarterback Phillip Nelson who has been his roommate since he arrived on campus.

"That's a great experience for us, we room with a lot of the O-Linemen as well so it's definately helped us all come together as a team and Phil is always working hard everybody is, watching film at home and we get together sometimes and watch film we feel real good be a family," said Nelson.

Brick by brick, Fruechte is helping build Minnesota into one of the conference best through hard work and determination.

It's a dream combination for a small-town kid from Caledonia.

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