2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Started at left guard against Oregon State where he protected for an offense that rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 130 yards • paved the way for Minnesota to gain 593 yards of offense (292 rushing and 301 passing) against Indiana State, which is the most the Gophers have gained since they racked up 704 yards against Toledo in 2004 • blocking against Colorado State helped team rush for 243 yards and four touchdowns and enabled Mitch Leidner to complete 80 percent (16-of-20) of his passes • protected for an offense that gained 469 yards (228 rushing and 241 passing) at Penn State and helped Rodney Smith (104 yards) and Shannon Brooks (100 yards) become the first Minnesota running backs to each gain 100 yards in a Big Ten game since Laurence Maroney (129 yards) and Gary Russell (128 yards) did so at Michigan in 2005 • saw action as a reserve against Iowa, at Maryland and against Rutgers.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started the first nine on the offense line at guard • protected for an offense that passed for 2,793 yards (most since 2008) and 15 touchdowns (most since 2010) and one that rushed for 1,873 yards and 17 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his first career start at guard against TCU and protected for an offense that rushed for 144 yards and passed for 197 yards • started at Colorado State and protected for an offense that passed for 233 yards and rushed for 180 yards • started against Kent State and protected for an offense that gained 288 yards • protected for an offense that generated 468 total yards (204 rushing and 264 passing) against Ohio • started at Northwestern • started at Purdue and blocked for an offense that rushed for 326 yards, which was the most in a Big Ten game for Minnesota since it rushed for 327 yards on Nov. 12, 2005, against Michigan State • provided protection for an offense that passed for 301 yards against Nebraska • started against Michigan and protected for an offense that passed for 317 yards, which was the most by the Gophers since they passed for 373 yards against Northern Illinois in 2010 • started at guard at Ohio State and provided protection for Minnesota to pass for 281 yards and two touchdowns • saw action as a reserve at Iowa and protected for an offense that passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 133 yards and three scores against the the No. 12 defense in the nation • competed as a reserve against Illinois and blocked for an offense that rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns and passed for one score • participated on special teams against Wisconsin and Central Michigan.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in the final eight games of the season on offense and special teams • made his season and collegiate debut against Northwestern where he played as a reserve • saw special teams action against Purdue • played on offense and on special teams against Iowa and Ohio State • competed at Nebraska, at Wisconsin and against Missouri.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Van Alstyne High School • helped lead team to a 7-5 overall record as a senior • protected for a Panthers' offense that averaged 250.7 rushing yards per game • competed in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl for the West Team and was named to the 2013 USA Today All-Texas Team • also lettered in track (shot put and discus) and powerlifting • Scout ranked him as a four-star recruit, while ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports gave him three-star status • Scout named him as the No. 2 prospect at his position, while 247Sports listed him at No. 5 and Rivals placed him at No. 12 • was the 57th best player in Texas according to Scout, while Rivals had him at No. 73 and ESPN at No. 103.
PERSONAL: Born April 9, 1996 • son of Allen and Lorraine Mayes • has two siblings • brother Alex played football for the Gophers from 2013-15 • father, Allen, and grandfather, Gene Mayes, played football at TCU.
Game 8: Minnesota at Illinois
Minnesota plays at Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game can be seen on BTN and can be heard on KFAN.
Double OT With Coach Claeys After Rutgers
Coach Claeys answered more questions after his Facebook Live show last night.
Smith Honored By B1G
Rodney Smith was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the week after recording 257 all-purpose yards against Rutgers.