2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Started the first nine games of the season at right guard missed the final four games of the season with an injury named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Game-by-Game: Started against UNLV and provided protection for an offense that generated 221 rushing yards blocked for an offense that rushed for 342 yards at New Mexico State helped pave the wave for Minnesota to rush for 213 yards and four touchdowns against Western Illinois protected for an offense that rushed for 353 yards (most since 2005) and six touchdowns against San Jose State started against Iowa and at Michigan protected for an offense that rushed for 176 yards at Northwestern blocked for an offense that generated 430 yards of total offense (271 rushing yards) in a win against Nebraska helped pave the way for team to rush for 248 yards and pass for 325 yards at Indiana.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games, starting the final 11 at right guard. Game-by-Game: Made his season debut in a reserve role at UNLV and helped protect for an offense that totaled a season-high 478 yards (209 rushing, 269 passing) helped pave the way for the Gophers to rush for a season-high 240 yards against New Hampshire protected for an offense that passed for a 246 yards and three touchdowns vs. Purdue blocked for Minnesota's offense as it rushed for 231 yards at Illinois started vs. Texas Tech as Minnesota gained 222 yards on the ground.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in five games and started last four appeared in his first college game in week eight against Iowa started his first career game at Michigan State in week nine. Game-by-Game: made his first career appearance as a Gopher in victory against Iowa made his first career start at Michigan State part of protection unit that allowed Gophers to pass for season-high 295 yards vs. Spartans started at guard against Wisconsin started at left guard at Northwestern part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 269 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats started at left guard vs. Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned All-Tri Metro Conference honors as a junior and senior named All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2009 honorable mention Associated Press all-state selection as a senior after he tallied 71 total tackles (31 solo) registered eight tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2009 coached by Brian Brown.
PERSONAL: Son of Lee and Mindy Bak born June 13, 1992 computer science major.
B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics
12/6/2017 - Football
Ninety-five University of Minnesota student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office.
More Than a Running Back
12/6/2017 - Football
Sure, Gopher fans know Rodney Smith is an elite running back, but he has flown under the radar in other areas on and off the field.
Three Gophers On Offense Honored By B1G
11/29/2017 - Football
Donnell Greene, Tyler Johnson and Rodney Smith were named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference today.