2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Did not see any game action.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 12 games punted 57 times for an average of 37.0 yards hit a career-long 68-yard punt vs. Iowa tallied six punts of 50 yards or more placed 12 kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Game-by-Game: Totaled four punts for an average of 45.2 yards in season-opener at USC punted four times for an average of 46.0 yards against New Mexico State and placed three punts inside the 20 punted three times for an average of 46 yards vs. Miami (Ohio) punted once for 48 yards against North Dakota State punted the ball 10 times at Michigan, including a 64-yarder five punts for an average of 42.6 yards at Purdue, with two landing inside the 20-yard line six punts for an average of 33.2 yards vs. Nebraska five punts for an average of 42.6 yards vs. Iowa nailed a career-long 68-yard punt vs. the Hawkeyes punted five times at Michigan State, four times vs. Wisconsin and at Northwestern seven punts for 190 yards, including two inside the 20-yard line against Illinois.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in all 12 games totaled 49 punts for 1,771 yards including three touchbacks and 15 punts inside the 20-yard line. Game-by-Game: returned to the Gophers lineup against MTSU as a redshirt freshman after missing most of 2009 with mononucleosis recorded three punts totaling 116 yards the 24-17 win, including a 51-yarder recorded one 37-yard punt against South Dakota notched seven punts against USC, totaling 271 yards including a 54-yarder made six punts for 208 total yards against Northwestern four punts against Wisconsin for a total of 153 yards sent six punts for 215 yards against Purdue made six punts for 244 yards against Penn State made four punts for 138 yards against Ohio State made three punts for 108 yards against Michigan State, landing one inside the 20 sent six punts for 196 yards against Illinois including three inside the 20 four punts against Iowa for 150 total yards, placing two inside the 20.
2009: Earned starting punter role in fall camp punted in the first two games of the season, before being diagnosed with mononucleosis, which held him out for the remainder of the season and resulted in him redshirting averaged 44.6 yards on nine kicks in two games two of his nine punts went for 50 yards or more three of his nine punts pinned Minnesota's opponent inside its own 20-yard line.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team all-state honors for the Brother Rice High School Crusaders in 2008 named All-Catholic League as a senior two-time all-area selection (2007, 2008) three-year starter at punter for Brother Rice averaged 39.3 yards per punt with a net average of 38.9 had 13 of his 29 punts (44.8 percent) downed inside the 20-yard line nine punts (31 percent) were downed inside the 10-yard line coached by Steve Nye.
PERSONAL: Born March 28, 1991 son of Laura and Dan Orseske working on his postgraduate degree.
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.
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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.