Minnesota has had eight players drafted in the last three years after having zero picks from 2011-13
Damien Wilson and De'Vondre Campbell will lead returning linebackers
Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
In this episode, we profile two of the breakout stars of last year's Gopher team, David Cobb and Damien Wilson.
This Brick by Brick episode takes you behind the scenes of Minnesota's season opener vs. Eastern Illinois.
Aided by three turnovers, the Gopher football team defeated Northwestern, 20-17.
Football vs Northwestern 10.11.14
Texas Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse 12.27.13
Photos from the Gophers football game vs. San Jose State on Sept. 21, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium
Photos from the Gophers vs. Western Illinois football game at TCF Bank Stadium, Sept. 14, 2013
2014 SENIOR SEASON: Started 12 of 13 games played led team with 119 tackles (most tackles by a Gopher since Kim Royston made 123 in 2011) led team with 10.5 tackles-for-loss and tied for team lead with 4.0 sacks recorded one interception, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries named to the media's All-Big Ten First Team and the coaches' All-Big Ten Second Team received the team's Carl Eller Award (outstanding defensive player) and Linebacker of the Year honors. Game-by-Game: Led team with 10 tackles, broke up one pass and notched .5 sack against Eastern Illinois led team with 14 tackles, including one sack, and also recorded his first career interception against Middle Tennessee tied for team lead with 11 tackles at TCU and also registered .5 tackle-for-loss paced team with nine tackles against San Jose State and also forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and tallied one tackle-for-loss made a team-leading seven tackles at Michigan notched a team-high 15 tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, against Northwestern named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week by the conference (Oct. 13) and College Sports Madness led the team with 10 tackles and broke up one pass against Purdue recovered a fumble and recorded 10 tackles (team-high eight solo), including a career-high 3.5 tackles-for-loss, at Illinois notched two tackles against Iowa made eight tackles and broke up one pass against Ohio State made seven tackles, including two sacks, at Nebraska made eight tackles, including .5 for a loss, at Wisconsin made eight tackles against Missouri.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games and started 12 second on the team with 78 tackles recorded 5.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack. Game-by-Game: Started and made his Minnesota debut against UNLV where he recorded seven tackles made eight tackles, which included one sack, at New Mexico State recorded three tackles against Western Illinois totaled five tackles against San Jose State tied for the team lead in solo tackles (6), tackles (10) and made one tackle-for-loss against Iowa led team with eight tackles at Michigan, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss tallied two solo tackles at Northwestern made four tackles, including one for a loss, against Nebraska made three tackles at Indiana and seven against Penn State totaled eight tackles against Wisconsin and five at Michigan State notched eight tackles against Syracuse.
PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Transferred from Jones County Community College led team to 6-3 record and anchored a defense that allowed only 18.1 points per game led the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) and was fourth in the nation with 122 tackles (76 solo) as a sophomore posted six tackles for loss, two sacks and two pass breakups named Most Valuable Defensive Player for Region 23, the MACJC's South Division Most Valuable Defensive Back, All-MACJC South Division first-team and All-Region 23 recognized as the national Defensive Player of the Year by NationalUnderslassmen.com coached by Ray Perkins transferred to JCJC from Alcorn State University prior to his sophomore year signed National Letter of Intent during the 2012 December signing period enrolled and started classes in January 2013 and participated in spring practice.
PERSONAL: Born May 28, 1993 son of Patricia Wilson cousin of Minnesota running back David Cobb.
Elite Access: P.J. Fleck on Gopher Road Trip
Check out some of the best moments from Coach P.J. Fleck as he toured Minnesota with the Gopher Road Trip!
Athlon Recognizes Eight Gophers
Annual magazine prediction tabs eight Gophers as All-Big Ten players. Carpenter named first team, while Richardson, Santoso and Smith receive second-team honors.
Elite Access: Gophers Visit Children's Hospital
Members of the Gopher Football team and head coach P.J. Fleck visit with patients at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in May 2017.