Gophers place two tight ends on preseason Mackey Award watch list
Gophers have five tight ends on spring roster, but only two are healthy
Two seniors, one junior will lead the Gophers in 2017
Lingen caught 33 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns last season
Jonah Pirsig, Brandon Lingen, Shannon Brooks, Damarius Travis, Jack Lynn and Ryan Santoso named preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in three games and started once • missed 10 games with an injury • made three catches for 28 yards • Academic All-Big Ten • caught one pass for 17 yards against Indiana State • caught one pass for eight yards at Maryland and made one reception for three yards against Rutgers.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 12 games and started 10 • caught 33 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns • had two 100-yard receiving games • named Minnesota's Tight End of the Year and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention • named CoSIDA Academic All-America second team • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made one catch for 16 yards against TCU • caught one pass for nine yards at Colorado State • missed the Kent State game with an injury • returned to action and started against Ohio • caught two passes for eight yards at Northwestern • caught the first and (3 yards) second (17 yards) touchdowns on his career at Purdue when he hauled in three passes for 22 yards • made three catches for 54 yards against Nebraska • caught five passes for a career-high 111 yards against Michigan • his 111 yards against Michigan were the fourth-most by a Gopher tight end since 1950 and were the most by a tight end since Ben Utecht had 104 against Wisconsin in 2001 • caught four passes for 50 yards at Ohio State • scored one touchdown and caught six passes for 105 yards at Iowa • his two 100-yard receiving games (111 vs Michigan and 106 at Iowa) made him the first Gopher tight end to have two 100-yard games in the same season since at least 1950 • caught three passes for 20 yards against Illinois • competed against Wisconsin • caught five passes for 33 yards against Central Michigan.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 11 games and started one • caught two passes for 18 yards • named team's Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois where he caught one pass for 12 yards • saw action on special teams and on offense against Middle Tennessee • started at TCU and caught one pass for six yards • competed against San Jose State • saw special teams action at Michigan and against Northwestern and Purdue • played on offense and on special teams against Iowa and Ohio State • competed at Nebraska • returned one kickoff for 11 yards against Missouri.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Wayzata High School • Trojans went 6-3 in 2013 • caught 15 passes for 139 yards and four touchdowns in nine games as a senior • punishing blocker for team that rushed for 1,706 yards • named All-Metro by KARE11 and second team All-Metro by the Star Tribune • made four catches for 46 yards in an injury-shortened 2012 season • coached by Brad Anderson • Rivals listed him as the No. 5 recruit in Minnesota, while ESPN and 247Sports ranked him sixth • three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout • the No. 23 tight end in the nation according to Scout, while ESPN had him at No. 41 and 247Sports had him at No. 79.
PERSONAL: Born June 24, 1995 • son of Brent and Michelle Lingen • has two sisters, Sarah and Hannah.
Football Announces Game Day Themes
Earlier this week the University of Minnesota showcases a commitment to improving game day by announcing new fan experiences. Each game will also have a highlighted theme.
The P.J. Fleck Show To Air On FOX 9
The University of Minnesota will team up with FOX 9 to produce “The P.J. Fleck Show,” which will air at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during the season.
Big Ten Network Rolls Into Dinkytown
The Big Ten Network rolled into Dinkytown for the latest stop on their BTN Bus Tour.