For head coach John Anderson's players, the pandemic is a chance to overcome adversity.
Gophers linebacker Kamal Martin was the second Gopher selected on Saturday, getting drafted late in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Tyler Johnson was selected with the 161st overall pick in the NFL Draft, joining Antoine Winfield Jr on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
No Gopher has been picked in the first round since 2006. After Thursday nights, that drought will last at least one season longer.
A number of Gophers are poised to hear their names called over the weekend.
Head coach Richard Pitino held a press conference Thursday updating media on the Gophers' activities in past weeks.
The Gophers added another player to their 2020-21 roster on Thursday, landing graduate transfer Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan University. He is the second transfer Minnesota has landed in the past week, as center Liam Robbins from Drake committed on Sunday.