Carpenter named first team, while Richardson, Santoso and Smith receive second-team honors
Gophers secondary has mixture of experience and youth as team prepares for 2017 seasosn
Minnesota held its annual awards banquet on Sunday afternoon
2016 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 12 games and started nine • recorded 52 tackles, broke up three passes, recovered one fumble and returned one interception 82 yards for a touchdown. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate debut against Oregon State • made his first career tackle against Indiana State • saw action against Colorado State • made first career start at Penn State and made eight tackles and broke up one pass • notched three tackles against Iowa • made his first career interception and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown at Maryland (fifth longest interception return in program history) • also made five tackles, including one tackle for a loss at Maryland • notched six tackles against Rutgers • led team with seven tackles, recovered one fumble and broke up one pass at Illinois • made three tackles and recovered a late-game fumble to help seal a victory against Purdue • made 10 tackles at Nebraska • broke up one pass and made five tackles against Northwestern • totaled four tackles at Wisconsin.
OVERVIEW: Ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals • ESPN ranks him as the No. 14 safety in Texas, while 247Sports has him at No. 20 among cornerbacks in the state.
ESPN ANALYSIS: Quality athlete that is gifted with solid size • athletic and runs well with an explosive first step and good top end speed • sees the game well and reacts quickly and positively • possesses an aggressive demeanor and runs the alley well • effective returner as he is very good in the open field • good zone defender as he reads the quarterback's eyes well and is able to position himself to be a playmaker • comes away with interceptions due to his instincts • aggressive and fast as a downhill player • will fill the alley and collide with the ball carrier • ball carriers go backwards when he hits them • productive and tough.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas • three-year letterwinner played both safety positions as the Highlanders compiled a 10-2 mark and a 6-0 record in conference play in 2015 • named Montgomery County Player of the Year • paced a defense that allowed only 7.4 points per game • as a senior, totaled 87 tackles, five forced fumbles and picked off a pair of passes • averaged 21 yards per punt return that included a 92-yard return for a touchdown • coached by Mark Schmid.
PERSONAL: Born August 16, 1998 • son of Antoine and Erniece Winfield • has two brothers (Austin and Ethan) • father, Antoine, played defensive back at Ohio State from 1995-98 and won the Jim Thorpe Award for the nati
to play 14 seasons in the NFL with the Bills and Minnesota Vikings and was a three-time All-Pro selection.
Football Staff Tours Athletes Village
The Gopher football coaching staff recently took a tour of the new Athletes Village which is scheduled to open in January.
Pick-Your-Packs On Sale Now
Attending a football game at TCF Bank Stadium just got a whole lot easier, as the athletic department announced a variety of ticket packages that cater to nearly every fan.
Carpenter Tabbed All-American
Emmit Carpenter was named Fourth Team All-American by Athlon Sports. He made 22-of-24 field goals last season and was Academic All-Big Ten.