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Minnesota Only Big Ten School Shut Out Of Two Football Drafts

Everybody knows that the National Football League held their draft this past weekend. We provided a whole lot of coverage on that particular subject here at SB Nation Minnesota. Of the 254 names that were called by the National Football League over the course of their three day selection meeting, none of them were affiliated with the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. Overall, the only two Big Ten schools that didn't have anybody drafted were the Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats.

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What you might not know is that there was another football draft that took place on Monday. . .the 2011 UFL Draft. The five-team league had a ten round draft, and 52 players were selected. (Yes, I know that ten times five is generally 50. . .I guess their mathematicians are minor league, too.) Well, a former Northwestern Wildcat was selected in that draft. . .but no Gophers.

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So, the Minnesota Golden Gophers managed to get left out of not one, but two different football drafts this past week, the only team in the Big Ten Conference to do so.  A couple of guys with connections to Minnesota's professional football team managed to get selected by one of the UFL teams, however.

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Martail Burnett, a defensive end out of Utah that spent some time on the Vikings' practice squad as an undrafted free agent, was the fourth overall selection by the Virginia Destroyers.

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The Destroyers also selected former Vikings' wide receiver Aundrae Allison, who was Minnesota's fifth-round pick out of East Carolina in the 2007 NFL Draft. Allison still holds the record for the longest play in Vikings' history with a 104-yard kickoff return against the Detroit Lions in his rookie season.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.