Senior core returns for 2015 campaign
Senior leadership on full display to begin preseason practices
The Gopher football team wrapped up 2015 spring practice with its annual Spring Game
Ra'Shede Hageman blocked a field goal that Martez Shabazz picked up and raced for a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter
Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games and started 10 • finished the year with 51 tackles, including 2.0 tackles-for-loss • registered five interceptions (tied for third all-time in single-season history) and broke up nine passes • forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble • named All-Big Ten First Team by the media and All-Big Ten Second Team by conference coaches • named the Gophers' Defense Back of the Year and received the team's Gary Tinsley Underdog Award • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw extensive playing time against Eastern Illinois (first game action since Sept. 7, 2013, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury), recording two tackles and one pass breakup • made three tackles and notched one interception against Middle Tennessee • registered eight tackles, broke up one pass and snagged his second interception • tallied three tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one pass breakup against San Jose State • broke up two passes and made two solo tackles at Michigan • made his first start of the season against Northwestern and set a career high in tackles (11) and solo tackles (10) • tallied two tackles, including one tackle-for-loss against Purdue • had three tackles and a pass breakup at Illinois • intercepted a pass and made one tackle against Iowa • returned his fourth interception of the season 56 yards, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and made four tackles against Ohio State • named Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 24) after sealing the Gophers' win at Nebraska, where he stripped the ball away from a Huskers' receiver at the 2-yard line to give Minnesota possession with 1:19 remaining • also made five tackles at Nebraska • made three tackles and broke up one pass at Wisconsin • made four solo tackles, broke up one pass and made one interception (also intercepted a pass on a two-point conversion, but that does not count as an official interception) against Missouri.
2013: Suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game of the season on Sept. 7 at New Mexico State • received a medical redshirt from the NCAA. Game-by-Game: Made three tackles and returned an interception - the first of his career - 89 yards for a touchdown against UNLV • his interception return was the third longest in Gopher history (Gary Hohman 99 yards vs. Nebraska on Oct. 4, 1969 and Ed Duren 95 yards vs. Iowa on Oct. 15, 1966) • made two tackles at New Mexico State before being injured.
2012 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games as a reserve and made nine tackles. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut at UNLV, but did not record any statistics • notched two tackles vs. New Hampshire • assisted on a tackle vs. Michigan • recorded two tackles at Nebraska • had a career high four tackles vs. Texas Tech.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Transferred from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College • named second-team All-Jayhawk Conference as a cornerback after his only season as a Red Raven • earned Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and Special Teams Player of the Week once • tallied 40 tackles, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a blocked kick • helped lead team to 6-4 mark • coached by Darian Dulin.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Wilmington Delcastle Technical • earned first-team all-conference accolades as a defensive back and kick returner in 2010 • first-team all-state defensive back and second-team all-state kick returner as a senior • named first-team all-conference and third-team all-state as a defensive back following his junior season • three-time honorable mention all-conference selection as a quarterback • standout in track and field and basketball • earned all-state honors as a high jumper • two-time all-conference selection as a point guard in basketball • third-team all-state in basketball as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born January 21, 1993 • son of Wendy Boddy • has already earned his degree in elementary education • working on a certificate program in human resource development.