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STEVE SHIDELL GRADUATED IN 2008 AND IS NOT CONSIDERING THE DRAFT.
Steve Shidell was born January 17, 1985 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Steve is the son of Mike and Mary Shidell and attended high school at Coon Rapids High School where he played football under the direction of Coon Rapids coach Clayton Copple. In high school, Steve Shidell was all-conference and all-state in his senior year and was named all-metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and KARE-11 TV. Shidell also participated in track and field, lettering four years.
In 2003, Steve Shidell redshirted with the Gophers and began his freshman football season in 2004. As a freshman Golden Gopher, Shidell appeared in three games and participated in 35 plays. As a sophomore Steve Shidell appeared in all 12 games of the season, starting in the last 11 due to an injury to starter Joe Ainslie. Shidell had the opportunity to join Mike Nicholson, Tony Brinkhaus and Matt Spaeth as the only Gophers to participate in at least 1,000 plays. He also was part of the Gopher offense that averaged 494.8 yards per game in, which ranked seventh in the nation and was the highest average in school history. Shidell was part of the offensive line that provided superb quarterback protection allowing only three sacks, the fewest allowed in the Big Ten. Steve Shidell also helped the Gophers to become the first team in NCAA history to have two players each rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Shidell’s amazing ability to hold off defenders and move them out of the way allowed the Gopher running backs to break through. He participated in 1,013 plays and earned his first letter.
As a junior, Gopher Steve Shidell started all 12 games of the regular season at left tackle, missing only the Insight Bowl due to injury. His excellent protection helped the Gophers pass for 2,874 yards on the season, the second-highest total in school history. Shidell was part of an offensive line that allowed only 64 sacks over a span of five years, the fewest allowed in the Big Ten during that time and 29 sacks fewer than Northwestern and Penn State, who have the second-fewest allowed during that time . He participated in 816 plays and earned his third letter.
As a senior, Steve Shidell was named a 2007 Gopher football team captain.
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