Damien Wilson and De'Vondre Campbell will lead returning linebackers
2014 FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in nine games, making seven tackles Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Recorded two tackles in his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois totaled two stops against Middle Tennessee played on special teams at Michigan and on defense against Northwestern recorded one tackle against Purdue notched .5 sack at Illinois played against Iowa and at Nebraska made .5 tackle-for-loss at Wisconsin.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Cleveland Heights High School helped lead team to an 8-2 record as a senior and a 5-2 mark in division play had 70 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012 also played wide receiver as a prep athlete coached by Jeff Rotsky previously played for Shaker Heights High School earned a three-star ranking from Rivals.com and Scout.com ranked as the No. 137 athlete in the nation and the No. 67 overall prospect in Ohio by ESPN listed as the No. 35 outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 34 overall prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com ranked as the No. 63 overall prospect in Ohio by 247Sports.com.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 19, 1994 son of Donald and Kitt Laster.
Gophers Ground Game Gaining Yards
Minnesota running game, which has scored 11 touchdowns, powered by three backs and a healthy quarterback.
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Minnesota opens Big Ten play at Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 1. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.