Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
Golden Gophers 30, Rebels 27
Fall Academic All-Big Ten teams boast several Gopher Standouts
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Made four tackles against UNLV started at New Mexico State assisted on three tackles and broke up one pass against Western Illinois started against San Jose State, but did not record any statistics tallied four solo tackles, including two tackles-for-loss, against Iowa notched three tackles and one sack at Michigan made two tackles, including one for a loss, at Northwestern started against Nebraska notched two tackles at Indiana started against Penn State had one tackle against Wisconsin registered three tackles at Michigan State.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started all 13 games made 21 tackles named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his first career start at UNLV and assisted on one tackle had one solo tackle against Western Michigan tallied four tackles against Syracuse made four tackles at Iowa totaled two tackles against Northwestern made one solo tackle vs. Purdue assisted on three tackles, including .5 sack, vs. Michigan made two tackles at Illinois assisted on one tackle at Nebraska and vs. Michigan State assisted on one tackle vs. Texas Tech.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in all 12 games recorded six tackles (one solo, five assisted) with one tackle-for-loss named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action in season opener at USC recorded one solo tackle in 2011 home opener vs. New Mexico State tallied two total tackles in 29-23 victory vs. Miami (Ohio) appeared vs. North Dakota State and at Michigan assisted on one tackle at Purdue notched an assisted tackle-for-loss vs. Nebraska appeared in 22-21 victory against Iowa, at Michigan State and vs. Wisconsin assisted on one tackle at Northwestern appeared in 27-7 victory against Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association named first-team all-conference, all-area and all-region led team to 2009 Division I state championship and a 14-0 record named area Player of the Year by Time-Warner Cable recorded 121 tackles, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries caught three passes for 48 yards and a score team was 33-5 his final three years coached by Dick Basham.
PERSONAL: Born on October 19, 1991 son of Jason Botticelli political science major.