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Mike Rallis echoes the familiar words that almost every senior who has played college football has said at least once.
"Seems like yesterday I was walking through those doors as a freshman," said Rallis, who is now a redshirt senior. "But at the same time I have been here for a long time. This is the only home I know so I am just trying to soak in every last moment of it."
For Rallis he just does not want to enjoy the moment. He knows this year is his last opportunity to help turn around a program and leave his mark on Gopher football. His goals for this year are simple.
"I want to do whatever I can do to help the team win," he said. "That is a big thing. I want to win. I don't want to put any limit on what we can do as a team. We just have to take it one game at a time. We are not going to go into any game expecting to lose."
Rallis has received his fair share of football accolades over the years, but when asked what the best compliment he has ever received was, he had one answer.
"The best thing somebody can say about you as a football player is that you are a tough guy," said Rallis, who has made 146 career tackles as a Gopher. "That is the best thing you can hear as a football player."
The Edina native is impossible to miss on the football field. He came to Minnesota with a short haircut, but his long, brown mane has become his calling card. And don't think for a moment that he is going to cut it during his senior year.
"It seems like every year I grew it out to a certain point, but then I would get sick of it and shave it off," said Rallis. "That was my routine for a while, but now I have gone too far to turn back."