Originally written November 13, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS Gophers senior Trevor Mbakwe knows he's not Adrian Peterson, even though he and the Vikings running back are similar in that they're both coming back from torn ACLs in their knees. As Mbakwe watched Peterson run over the Detroit Lions for 171 yards and a touchdown Sunday on his surgically repaired knee, the Gophers forward couldn't help but be inspired. "He definitely motivates me," Mbakwe said of Peterson. "It definitely gives me confidence knowing the way he's come back so easily. I'm starting to gain a lot of that confidence back, too." Mbakwe's confidence may be growing, but he's still being eased back into things with the Gophers. He played just 14 minutes off the bench in Monday's 82-56 win over Toledo at Williams Arena and scored just six points. But the Gophers don't need Mbakwe -- their leading scorer from two years ago -- to put up big numbers on offense just yet. Thanks to a balanced offensive attack...
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