Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
2014 SENIOR SEASON: Competed in four games and earned his third varsity letter saw action against San Jose State and competed at Illinois played against Iowa and at Nebraska Academic All-Big Ten.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Missed the first nine games of the season with an injury made his season debut against Penn State and also played against Wisconsin, at Michigan State and against Syracuse named Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Appeared in eight games made his Minnesota and collegiate debut at home vs. New Hampshire did not record any statistics on the season named Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Did not see any game action.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time all-conference and all-metro selection earned honorable mention all-state honors following both his junior and senior seasons named team MVP in 2009 tallied 443 yards on 17 receptions (26.1 avg) racked up 85 tackles, seven tackles for loss, eight sacks and seven pass break-ups as a defensive end during his senior season notched four catches for 120 yards as a junior recorded 44 tackles, three sacks in 2008 helped lead team to 18-7 record during his final two seasons, including a state runner-up finish in 2008 also a standout basketball and baseball player, earning three letters in each coached by Bubba Sullivan.
PERSONAL: Born September 29, 1991 son of Steven and Pauline Bisch graduated with a degree in kinesiology pursuing his master's degree in applied kinesiology.
Gophers Ground Game Gaining Yards
Minnesota running game, which has scored 11 touchdowns, powered by three backs and a healthy quarterback.
Sherels, Murray, Boddy-Calhoun Impact NFL Games
Sherels, Murray, Boddy-Calhoun impact NFL games with big plays. Sherels punt return sparks Minnesota to win, while Boddy-Calhoun returned an interception for a touchdown.
Game 4: Minnesota at Penn State
Minnesota opens Big Ten play at Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 1. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.