An Eden Prairie graduate and the son of a former Vikings player, Sapp played in all 13 games as a freshman and 11 as a sophomore.
The four-star recruit is the 17th in Minnesota's Class of 2021.
With a new quarterback and lots of big shoes to replace on the offensive line, Michigan has big questions heading into Saturday night's opener at TCF Bank Stadium.
Minnesota and Michigan will play for the Little Brown Jug in front of a national ABC audience on Oct. 24, and the Gophers will also get Friday games on ESPN and FS1.
The Gophers came in at No. 25 in Sunday's AP Top 25 poll. It was the team's first re-appearance since a No. 19 preseason ranking, released after the Big Ten conference initially canceled fall sports.
Rashod Bateman detailed to the Star Tribune his experience battling COVID-19 this past summer: "A snap of a finger, and it was like change, change, change, change. Just like that."
The Gophers were at No. 19 in the preseason poll. Some 0-0 programs did break through in the latest one, including No. 6 Ohio State, No. 10 Penn State.
Malcolm Robinson Jr. announced his intent to transfer on social media Wednesday, writing he will graduate with degrees in human resources and communications this fall.
Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman opted out of what would have been his junior season before the Big Ten ultimately called off fall competition. He's preparing for the 2021 NFL draft.
Though the Gophers will not play this fall, a panel of media members picked them as one of college football's top teams in 2020.
Justin Walley brings the Gophers' 2021 recruiting class to 16 members, the first commit since the end of May.
The four-star recruit chose the Gophers early despite offers from Penn State and Michigan State.
The Cleveland.com poll also ranked Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman and quarterback Tanner Morgan among the top-10 offensive players in the Big Ten conference.
Jerry Kill, who would have initially recruited Spielman to Minnesota in 2016, was part of recruiting Spielman to TCU, where Kill is now an assistant.
Tanner Morgan was one of 16 semifinalists for the award last season, when he set the single-season passing record of 3,253 yards and 30 touchdown passes.
The Gophers 2021 class now has 15 members, still ranking 15th in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten, per 247Sports.com.
But the Gophers' Nov. 7 opponent Purdue has the country's toughest slate.
The China Spring, Texas, native originally committed to the Gophers on April 22 but announced his decision to reopen his recruitment on social media.
The junior amassed 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was the Big Ten Receiver of the Year.
The four-star recruit announced he will instead commit to Purdue.