MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Gophers offensive lineman Ed Olson roamed the sidelines at Minnesota's practice Sunday, barely recognizable.
Olson, who was listed at 309 pounds as a senior last year, has dropped about 90 pounds since his playing days ended. His hair is also a bit longer now than it was during his playing days, but the trimmed-down Olson was a testament to just how big and strong Minnesota's offensive linemen became over the years.
During his time with the Gophers, Olson played just one position: left tackle. Though he played it well, he never moved around on the offensive line. That type of lineman is a rare breed this season at Minnesota. The Gophers linemen have transitioned toward becoming a group who can play multiple positions, with interchangeable parts that can be swapped out at various spots on the line.
Olson's younger brother, Tommy, is a prime example. A senior on this year's team, Tommy Olson could be the Gophers' starting center when the team ...