Theret after the Gophers' first TCF Bank Stadium win
Third in our countdown and first in the record books is kicker Dan Nystrom. The wearer of No. 28 from 1999 to 2002 is the Gophers' all-time leading scorer. His 367-point career total is 99 points ahead of the next person on the list.
Nystrom's best known moment, immortalized in a Sports Illustrated photo, was when he booted a game-winning field goal at Penn State in 1999. The freshman kicker secured a 24-23 Gopher upset victory with a 32-yarder as time expired.
Nystrom led the team in scoring each of his four years in the Maroon and Gold. He scored a career-best 109 points as a sophomore, when he made the All-Big Ten Second Team. He holds Minnesota records for field goals in a bowl game (5 in the 2002 Music City Bowl) and career bowl game field goals (8). His 367 points, 71 field goals and 154 extra points were all Big Ten records at the time.
Bonus reading: Check out this 2002 game program feature to find out how Nystrom proposed to his wife.
Amir Pinnix spent the first few years of his University of Minnesota football career overshadowed by future NFL running backs Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney. But when his turn in the spotlight finally came, he did not disappoint.
Pinnix, who wore No. 29 from 2004 to 2007, is the most recent Golden Gopher to reach 1,000 yards rushing in a season. He piled up 1,272 yards on the ground in 2006, the eighth consecutive year Minnesota could boast a 1,000-yard rusher. His season total ranks eighth all-time in the school record books.
He ran for 10 touchdowns and passed the 100-yard mark in five different games in 2006, including a 179-yard performance against Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl. Pinnix ended his career with 2,439 total rushing yards, eighth-best in Gopher history.
As the Minnesota football season opener against UNLV (Aug. 29) approaches, we acknowledge former Golden Gophers who wore the jersey number corresponding with how many days remain until kickoff. Noel Jenke and Lee Campbell, both of whom wore No. 30, start the countdown.
Jenke was a rare three-sport letterwinner, and was drafted in all three. On the gridiron (1966-68), Jenke played linebacker. He intercepted three passes in a 21-14 win against Wisconsin in 1967, tied for the school single-game record. Jenke captained the team and earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1968.
Noel Jenke, three-sport letterwinner
He lettered for the hockey team 1967-69. In his one season with Gopher baseball (1969), Jenke earned All-America acclaim. He went on to play minor league baseball and NFL football, and is a member of the Gophers' M Club Hall of Fame.
Campbell wore the Maroon and Golf more recently, lettering in 2006-09. Like Jenke, he was a linebacker and a team captain. Campbell led the team in tackles as a junior (80) and a senior (total). As a senior in 2009, he also led the way in tackles for a loss (11.5 for 29 yards).
Campbell started his senior season with a stellar performance that earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. He tallied 13 tackles, 11 solo, providing key stops in an overtime win against Syracuse. At the end of the year, Campbell earned the team's Carl Eller Award for most outstanding defensive player, and shared the Neil Fredenburg Award for courage and love of the game.
#Gophers safety Brock Vereen on who will surprise in the secondary this year - sophomore corner Eric Murray-- Daily at the Bank (@DailyattheBank) July 25, 2013
.@SLGreenberg on Minnesota: "Hope a step forward for them. Jerry Kill has done a good job with that team. They're building the right way."-- ESPN 99.1 (@ESPN991SF) July 25, 2013
Coach Jerry Kill, Ra'Shede Hageman, Donnell Kirkwood and Brock Vereen had a busy Wednesday at Big Ten Football Media Days. Each took part in multiple interview sessions with various local, conference and national media members at the Hilton Chicago. Retrace their steps with the photos, videos and tweets in our media day timeline.
11:50 a.m. Coach Kill starts a series of three short video shoots, the first being with USA Football.
12:30 p.m. Hageman, Kirkwood and Vereen arrive on the third floor of the hotel wearing their suits for the day. Vereen is miked up and will be followed throughout the afternoon. (Watch for this behind-the-scenes footage to appear in August.)
12:40 p.m. Hageman is the first Gopher to go into an interview. He does two with BTN, including one specifically for "The Journey.
1:00 p.m. Donnell Kirkwood sings the "Minnesota Rouser" and does an impression of Hageman for ESPN "College Game Day."
Meanwhile, Coach Kill addresses the media in the Grand Ballroom. Watch the video below or read the transcript here.
1:30 p.m. Coach Kill and each of the players sit at their own interview table for half an hour, available to answer questions. A few things we overhear:
Vereen on the Gopher secondary: "We made a statement last year, and we're looking to improve on that." He says the defense has shown it can be good, but needs to be consistent on every play.
Kirkwood on the Gophers' bowl eligibility in 2012: "It let us see that we can play with anybody."
Hageman on the bowl berth: "It kind of brings motivation for camp to start. We're motivated to be better and show who we are."
Hageman also wants to talk about his favorite foods, especially dishes with alfredo sauce. He says he is "not a fish guy," but would eat a shark.
Vereen on Coach Kill - "Coach Kill's brought this program a long way. A very long way." #Gophers-- Daily at the Bank (@DailyattheBank) July 24, 2013
One media member asks Coach Kill a question about MarQueis Gray, not realizing he has graduated. Kill wishes Gray the best of luck with the San Francisco 49ers.
Coach Kill was on the road last week for the #GopherRoadTrip (New Ulm Journal, KEYC and KTOE)
The Man In Charge was also on the radio in Nebraska last week (1620 The Zone)
Cedric Thompson, Derrick Wells giving back to the community, making us #UMNProud (Star Tribune)
Philip Nelson, Mitch Leidner are the coaches during the summer (Pioneer Press)
It's time to sign up for Date Night with Coach and Rebecca Kill. Hurry! Spots are limited (GoalLineClub.com)
Ra'Shede Hageman gives back to the community (@GopherFootball) and could take his play to the elite level this year (ESPN.com)
Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover opens up about his weight loss (Star Tribune)