Jerry Kill compares freshman RB to Marion Barber

The Minnesota Golden Gophers got a huge boost this past Saturday as they defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 41-13. One of the big reasons they went on to the blowout win was freshman running back Shannon Brooks.

In the game, Brooks went for 206 yards, including a 71-yard run in the fourth quarter that further sealed the victory for the Gophers. According to Fox Sports, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill compared Brooks to a former Gopher legend following his big game.

“Shannon Brooks is going to be a heck of a back. He reminds me of Marion Barber,” coach Kill said. ”He is fast, and he hits the holes.”

That is a pretty big honor for Kill to give Brooks. During his career at Minnesota, Barber ran for over 3,200 yards and 35 touchdowns.

While the Gophers have a pretty tough stretch over the next month with Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa, they still have a lot of momentum with their running game. The Gophers stand at 4-2 and hope to make their fourth straight bowl game this year.

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