Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 11 games. Game-by-Game: Competed at UNLV, vs. New Hampshire, against Western Michigan and vs. Syracuse, but did not record any statistics made two tackles at Iowa played vs. Purdue, against Michigan, at Illinois, but did not record any statistics had one solo tackle at Nebraska played but had no stats vs. Michigan State assisted on one tackle vs. Texas Tech.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Appeared in 11 games made two tackles (one solo, one assist) earned second varsity letter.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in seven games during the 2010 season on special teams recorded one tackle earned first varsity letter.
2009: Walk-on redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Arrowhead High School (Wis.) helped lead Arrowhead High School to a 2007 Wisconsin Division I State Championship also helped lead Warhawks to a 39-3 record over final three seasons earned 2008 all-state honors from the Associated Press and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association two-time all-conference selection unanimous choice as Classic 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 two-time all-county selection also named all-Lake Country and all-area by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel four-year letterwinner and three-year starter finished with 104 tackles, three sacks, eight tackles for loss, two interceptions and two blocked punts in 2008 coached by Tom Taraska.
PERSONAL: Son of Joseph and Linda Balthazor born April 14, 1991 biochemistry major.
Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 6
P.J. Fleck, Jenny Hansen and Abby DeMuse are this week's guests on Ski-U-Mah Weekly which streams on Facebook every Monday.
Game 7: Illinois at Minnesota
Minnesota hosts Illinois at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The game can be watched on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.
Gopher Rally Falls Short in 30-27 Loss
Demry Croft connected with Tyler Johnson for three fourth quarter touchdowns, but #21 Michigan State held on for a 30-27 victory over Minnesota.