Gophers have five tight ends on spring roster, but only two are healthy
Minnesota has passed for 68 touchdowns since 2011 and 29 of those passes were caught by a tight end
One senior and eight underclassmen highlight group of tight ends, while two veterans form fullback pairing
2017 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Saw action against Buffalo, at Oregon State, against Middle Tennessee and versus Maryland.
2016 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in eight games, but did not record any statistics • made his Minnesota debut against Oregon State • competed against Indiana State, at Penn State and against Rutgers • played on offense against Purdue and saw action against Northwestern • competed at Wisconsin and against Washington State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended West Catholic High School, where he helped the Falcons win back-to-back Division 5 state titles after a runner-up finish as a sophomore • West Catholic went 14-0 in 2014 • named to the AP Division 5-6 All-State First Team as a defensive lineman • MLive Grand Rapids Press Defensive Player of the Year • caught 16 touchdown passes and amassed nearly 800 receiving yards as a senior • made 81 tackles (23 for a loss) and returned a fumble for a touchdown • made four receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the 2014 state semifinal game • started for the Falcons for three years • coached by Dan Rohn • also lettered in basketball and track • received three stars from 247Sports and Scout, while Rivals gave him two stars • Scout had him as the second-best tight end in Michigan and 38th-best tight end in his class • tabbed the No. 36 Michigan recruit and No. 69 tight end by 247Sports.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 1, 1997 • son of Gayle and Jim Witham.
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