In 2011, Theiren Cockran showed up on campus and was thought of as a wide receiver. After five years in the weight room, he's turned into a standout defensive end for the Gophers.
Gophers welcome back seven defensive linemen who saw action in at least nine games from last season
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
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Aided by three turnovers, the Gopher football team defeated Northwestern, 20-17.
Minnesota used a strong second half to beat San Jose State, 43-24.
2015 • SENIOR SEASON: Tallied three tackles, including 2.0 tackles-for-loss, against TCU • registered three tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, at Colorado State • made one solo tackle versus Kent State • recorded a solo tackle against Ohio • notched six tackles, including one sack, at Northwestern • started at Purdue, but did not record a statistic • registered four tackles, including a sack for 12 yards, versus Nebraska • moved into a tie for sixth on the Gophers all-time sack list with a sack against Michigan • tallied four tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, and added a pass breakup at Ohio State • registered three solo tackles and had a quarterback hurry at Iowa • made a solo tackle versus Illinois.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON: Started 12 games played and made 23 tackles • notched 7.0 tackles-for-loss (4.0 sacks) • forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and broke up two passes • started 21 straight games at defensive end before playing a reserve role against Iowa • received All-Big Ten honorable mention from coaches and media. Game-by-Game: Made three tackles against Eastern Illinois • totaled one tackle, .5 tackle-for-loss and knocked the ball out of quarterback Austin Grammer's hand leading to an interception by Damien Wilson against Middle Tennessee • registered three tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, and broke up one pass at TCU • forced one fumble (the fifth of his career) and tallied one sack for a loss of 11 yards against San Jose State • recovered a fumble (the third of his career), broke up one pass and made three tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, at Michigan • assisted on one tackle each against Northwestern and Purdue • recorded one sack at Illinois • assisted on one tackle against Iowa • made one tackle against Ohio State • recorded three tackles, including two tackles-for-loss (one sack), at Nebraska • started at Wisconsin • made four tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and one sack against Missouri.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started 13 games at defensive end • recorded 30 tackles • led team in sacks (7.5) and was second in tackles-for-loss (10.0) • broke up two passes, forced four fumbles and recovered one fumble • named Second Team All-Big Ten by the media. Game-by-Game: Made his first career start against UNLV and recorded two tackles • recorded five tackles, which included two tackles-for-loss and one sack, at New Mexico State • registered five tackles, which included three tackles-for-loss and two sacks, against Western Illinois • tallied two tackles against San Jose State • assisted on one tackle against Iowa and started at Michigan • made four solo tackles (including one sack) at Northwestern and also forced and recovered a fumble • recorded four tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble against Nebraska • made three tackles at Indiana and one tackle-for-loss against Penn State • assisted on one tackle against Wisconsin • notched one sack and forced a fumble at Michigan State • made one tackle and broke up one pass against Syracuse.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in all 13 games • recorded six tackles and one sack • named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut at UNLV, but did not record any statistics • recorded first career tackle against Western Michigan • played vs. Syracuse and made two tackles • notched his first career sack vs. Purdue • had one tackle vs. Michigan and at Illinois • played vs. Texas Tech but did not record any stats.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Homestead High School • helped lead Homestead to a 5-4 record in 2010 as the Broncos' top pass rusher • played in the Miami Dolphins Dade vs. Broward All-Star Football Game • helped lead a defense that ranked in the top three in Dade County • Bronco defense allowed just 94 yards rushing, 78 yards passing and 9.6 points per game in 2010 • coached by Bobby McCray.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 10, 1992 • son of Pamela Knight • has already earned his degree in business and marketing education • working on a certificate program in human resource development.
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Game 12: Wisconsin at Minnesota
Minnesota hosts Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game can be watched on Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.