Duo connected eight times for 125 yards and two touchdowns
Senior receiver wants to be Mitch Leidner's No. 1 target this fall
Gophers return a lot of talent at receiver, but must replace record-setting senior KJ Maye
A mixture of experience and youth should benefit Minnesota's passing game this season
The Gophers will bring back six wide receivers who lettered in 2013
Minnesota defeated Michigan, 30-14, to claim the Little Brown Jug.
The Gopher football team fell in the Texas Bowl, 21-17, against Syracuse.
Minnesota beat Penn State, 24-10, for its fourth straight victory.
2016 • SENIOR SEASON: Started against Oregon State and made four catches for 53 yards • caught eight passes for a career high 125 yards and two touchdowns against Indiana State • made five catches for 74 yards against Colorado State.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started the final six of the season • caught 39 passes for 524 yards and three touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Caught three passes for 47 yards against TCU • set a career high in catches (9) and had 114 receiving yards and scored one touchdown at Colorado State • his 100-yard receiving game at Colorado State was Minnesota's first since Isaac Fruechte had 105 yards at Illinois in 2014 • his 114 yards at Colorado State were the most by a Gopher receiver in 33 games • made one catch for 32 yards against Kent State • totaled two catches for 29 yards against Ohio • made three catches at Northwestern • caught one pass for 20 yards at Purdue • hauled in seven passes for 54 yards against Nebraska • made one catch for 22 yards against Michigan • had two receptions for 12 yards at Ohio State • made three catches for 71 yards at Iowa, which included a 42-yard touchdown pass from running back Shannon Brooks • gained 26 yards on two catches against Illinois • caught two passes for 44 yards and scored one touchdown against Wisconsin • hauled in three passes for 52 yards against Central Michigan.
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in eight games and started two • made 10 catches for 106 yards • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Missed the Eastern Illinois game with an injury • returned to the lineup against Middle Tennessee, but did not record any statistics • caught three passes for 24 yards at TCU • tallied one catch for seven yards against San Jose State • caught one pass for 12 yards at Michigan and made two receptions for nine yards against Northwestern • hauled in two catches for 19 yards against Purdue • caught one pass for 35 yards at Illinois • missed the final four games of the regular season with an injury • returned to action against Missouri, but did not record any statistics.
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 13 games and started four • third on the team in receiving yards (259) and receptions (15) • his lone touchdown came on a 55-yard reception, which was Minnesota's longest pass play of the year. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate debut against UNLV, but did not record any statistics • played at New Mexico State, against Western Illinois and San Jose State • made one catch, the first of his career, for 15 yards against Iowa • caught two passes for 27 yards at Michigan • hauled in two passes for 28 yards at Northwestern • started against Nebraska, but did not record any statistics • made one catch for 17 yards at Indiana and caught two passes for 22 yards against Penn State • rushed one time for 7 yards against Wisconsin • caught three passes for 56 yards at Michigan State • caught four passes for 94 yards and one touchdown (55-yard reception) against Syracuse.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Canyon High School where he was a four-year letterwinner • California's all-time record holder in career catches (281) and career yardage (5,148), breaking former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith's records (271 catches and 4,486 yards) • second in state history with 52 career touchdown receptions • led team to an 8-3-1 record as a senior and was named Second-Team All-State • caught 89 passes for 1,275 yards (averaged 106.3 yards receiving a game) • registered 100 or more yards in eight of 12 games • caught 14 touchdown passes • averaged 35.83 yards on six kickoff returns (one touchdown) • made 75 catches as a junior for 1,628 yards and 19 touchdowns • rushed for one touchdown and returned one punt for a score • had 77 catches for 1,472 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore and 40 catches for 773 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman • coached by Richard Gutierrez • Scout.com and Rivals.com both listed him as a three-star recruit • Scout ranked him as the 97th best wide receiver in the nation, while Rivals had him as the 90th-best player in California • ranked by ESPN as the 180th-best prospect in California • participated in the West Coast Bowl - featuring the top high school seniors from California, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico and Colorado
PERSONAL: Born March 22, 1995 • son of John and Audrey Wolitarsky.
Golden Gophers Defeat Colorado State 31-24
Rodney Smith rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Gophers held on for a 31-24 win against Colorado State at TCF Bank Stadium.
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