Ra'Shede Hageman blocked a field goal that Martez Shabazz picked up and raced for a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter
Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
Philip Nelson tossed two touchdowns and Michael Carter made two interceptions for Minnesota
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The Gophers improved to 2-0 with a 35-24 win over Middle Tennessee State.
Brick by Brick returns for 2014 with Episode 1: Back in Camp.
Get a behind the scenes look at the Gopher Football program with our new series: Brick by Brick.
The Gopher Football team lost a hard-fought Car Care Bowl match-up 34-31 to Texas Tech Dec. 28, 2012 in Houston.
Highlights from Minnesota's 28-23 win over Western Michigan.
Texas Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse 12.27.13
Photos from the Gopher Football game vs. UNLV on August 29, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
Meineke Car Care Bowl 12.28.12
Gopher football game vs. Michigan State, Nov. 24, 2012 at TCF Bank Stadium
2014 SENIOR SEASON: Played in all 12 games, seeing action on offense and special teams carried the ball 29 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns received the Paul Giel Award, which is given to the person who shows the most unselfishness and concern for Minnesota Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action against Eastern Illinois rushed five times for 23 yards against Middle Tennessee, which included a 1-yard touchdown run (touchdown was his first score since the 2012 Texas Bowl) played at TCU carried the ball twice for five yards against San Jose State played at Michigan and saw special teams action against Northwestern rushed three times for eight yeards and one touchdown against Purdue carried the ball two times for three yards at Illinois had one carry against Iowa and two carries for 13 yards against Ohio State, while also playing on special teams in both games rushed seven times for 32 yards at Nebraska and picked up six yards on three carries at Wisconsin.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 11 games and started once missed two games with an injury rushed 52 times for 120 yards caught three passes for 25 yards. Game-by-Game: Rushed 11 times for 30 yards against UNLV missed the New Mexico State and Western Illinois games with an injury returned to action against San Jose State where he played on special teams rushed three times and caught one pass as he returned to the backfield for the first time in a month against Iowa competed at Michigan rushed 10 times for 26 yards and caught one pass for 3 yards at Northwestern carried the ball three times for 12 yards against Nebraska rushed four times for 10 yards at Indiana and three times for five yards against Penn State had 12 yards on two carries against Wisconsin and 7 yards on seven carries at Michigan State rushed four times for 6 yards against Syracuse.2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started 13 games led team with 218 carries and 926 rushing yards added six rushing touchdowns had a career-high 152 yards, including a career-long 38-yard run, at Illinois received the Bruce Smith Award as the team's outstanding offensive player also named team's Offensive Back of the Year first Gopher running back to rush for more than 900 yards in a season since Amir Pinnix ran for 1,272 yards in 2006. Game-by-Game: Carried the ball 13 times for 81 yards at UNLV and also recorded one catch for 8 yards ran for 71 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries vs. New Hampshire recorded his first-career 100-yard rushing game vs. Western Michigan, gaining 110 yards on 23 carries rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 28 carries against Syracuse picked up 33 rushing yards on 12 carries at Iowa rushed 18 times for 73 yards against Northwestern carried the ball five times at Wisconsin picked up 134 yards on 22 carries against Purdue rushed 16 times for 58 yards against Michigan rushed for a career-high 152 yards and two touchdowns, while tying his career high in carries with 28, at Illinois his 152 yards at Illinois were the most for a Gopher running back since Duane Bennett ran for 187 yards in a win at Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 24, 2010 had seven rush attempts at Nebraska and 10 carries vs. Michigan State ruched 19 times for 80 yards and one touchdown vs. Texas Tech.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in all 12 games made his first career start at Michigan State rushed 63 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Saw action on special teams at USC and vs. New Mexico State saw first action in backfield in win against Miami (Ohio), with 23 carries for 55 yards and a score carried ball 10 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns against North Dakota State competed at Michigan rushed 12 times at Purdue carried ball eight times vs. Nebraska, four times at Michigan State and eight times vs. Wisconsin saw action as a reserve at Northwestern three rushes for 24 yards vs. Illinois.
2010: Appeared in four games as a reserve running back carried the ball 27 times, gaining 112 yards missed remainder of season with a leg injury granted medical hardship waiver. Game-by-Game: Recorded 50 yards on 12 carries including an 18-yard gain on his first-career carry against Middle Tennessee State appeared against South Dakota returned to the backfield against USC and led the team with 44 yards on 10 carries carried the ball five times and picked up 18 yards against Northern Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Atlantic High School earned second-team all-conference honors as a senior after rushing for 491 yards and seven touchdowns first-team all-conference selection as a junior after rushing for 1,013 yards and 14 scores coached by Christopher Bean.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 29, 1991 son of Theresa and Donnell Kirkwood Sr graduated with a degree in youth studies working on his master's in applied kinesiology.