NFL teams recently held their rookie minicamps and several former Gophers were on display.
Minnesota has had eight players drafted in the last three years after having zero picks from 2011-13
Minnesota has two players drafted, four more tweet they are signing with an NFL team
Boddy-Calhoun is one of a few Gophers who could hear his name called at the NFL Draft
Minnesota had four players drafted last year and could have four more taken this year
2015 • SENIOR SEASON: Played in 11 games and started nine • made 48 tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss • paced the team with four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown • broke up six passes and recovered a fumble • named All-Big Ten Third Team by the media and was an honorable mention selection by the conference coaches • Academic All-District • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Tallied nine tackles, including a team-high seven solo tackles, against TCU • registered four tackles to go along with an interception on the opening play of the game and a pass breakup at Colorado State • made two solo tackles and added an assisted tackle versus Kent State • totaled five tackles against Ohio • appeared on defense versus Nebraska, but did record a statistic • notched three tackles and recorded his eighth career interception against Michigan • tallied seven tackles, including .5 sack, and added a pass breakup at Ohio State • registered three solo tackles at Iowa • totaled five tackles (three solo), including 1.0 three yards behind the line of scrimmage, and recovered a fumble versus Illinois • notched four tackles (three solo) and had a pick-six for 16 yards on the first defensive play from scrimmage to go along with a pair of pass breakups against Wisconsin • recorded five solo tackles and two pass breakups to go along with an interception late in the fourth quarter against Central Michigan.
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.
Six Gophers Receive Athlon Recognition
5/24/2018 - Football
Athlon Sports has named six Gophers to its Big Ten Football 2018 All-Conference Team. This preseason announcement is a prediction by the magazine on how players will perform in 2018.
Player Profile: Rodney Smith
5/23/2018 - Football
Rodney Smith will go down in Minnesota history as one of the program’s most elite running backs and has a chance this season to set a new standard for all-purpose yards by a Gopher.
Virtual Tour: Larson Football Performance Center
5/10/2018 - Football
Take a virtual tour of the new home of Minnesota Golden Gopher Football, the David & Janis Larson Performance Center!