Gophers secondary has mixture of experience and youth as team prepares for 2017 seasosn
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2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in ten games and started three • recorded 23 tackles, four pass breakups and made one interception. Game-by-Game: Made five tackles and broke up one pass against Oregon State • tallied five tackles against Indiana State and four against Colorado State • registered one tackle against Penn State and broke up one pass against Maryland • saw action against Rutgers • notched four tackles against Illinois and one against Northwestern • competed against Wisconsin • made three tackles against Washington State and returned a fourth quarter interception 23 yards.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games and started 11 • made 43 tackles (27 solo), including 2.5 tackles-for-loss • received the team's Gary Tinsley Underdog Award. Game-by-Game: Tallied a tackle against TCU • registered four tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, and broke up a pass at Colorado State • broke up a pass versus Kent State • totaled two solo tackles, with one coming behind the line of scrimmage, against Ohio • recorded nine tackles, including a team-best mark of seven solo tackles, at Northwestern • tallied a tackle and pass breakup at Purdue • registered five tackles and broke up a pass versus Nebraska • notched five tackles, four of which were solo, against Michigan • tallied three tackles, including 1.0 behind the line of scrimmage, and added a pass breakup at Ohio State • registered nine tackles, six of which were solo, at Iowa • started and made one tackle on defense versus Illinois • notched a pair of tackles against Wisconsin • recorded one solo tackle against Central Michigan.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in seven games, but did not record any statistics • made his season and collegiate debut on special teams against San Jose State • competed on special teams against Purdue and at Illinois • saw action against Iowa • played on special teams at Nebraska, at Wisconsin and against Missouri.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Blaine High School, where he was a President's Award winner for academics • All-Northwest Suburban Conference • recorded 11 tackles as a senior • rushed 128 times for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns • added 10 receptions for 150 yards and two scores • as a junior, recorded 32 receptions and four touchdowns on offense and five tackles on defense • also returned kicks • All-State track and field athlete • coached by Tom Develice
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 30, 1995 • son of Adejoké and Anthony Ayinde.
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