Five Gophers on defense and special teams recognized by the conference
Athlon names kicker Emmit Carpenter Fourth Team All-American
Carpenter named first team, while Richardson, Santoso and Smith receive second-team honors
Gophers return standouts in Carpenter, Herbers, Jordahl and Santoso on special teams
Emmit Carpenter has scored 104 points this season
CAREER: Has made 36-of-44 career field goals • his 81.8 field goal conversion rate ranks first in program history (minimum 25 attempts) • his 36 career field goals rank him seventh in school history • has made 22-of-29 field goals at TCF Bank Stadium, 13-of-14 on the road and 1-of-1 in neutral-site games • is 30-of-38 on FieldTurf and is a perfect 6-of-6 on natural grass • has made 74-of-75 career point-after attempts.
2017 • JUNIOR SEASON: Made 14-of-20 field goals • was a perfect 31-of-31 on point-after attempts • led Minnesota in scoring with 73 points • named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention • named CoSIDA Academic All-District for the second straight year • named Academic All-Big Ten • received the Tony Dungy Character and Community Service Award (great character on and off the field). Game-by-Game: Made 1-of-3 field goals against Buffalo, connecting on a 43-yarder with 2:05 remaining in the game to seal the 17-7 win • missed his first attempt of the season, which was from 50 yards, to snap a string of 12-consecutive made field goals dating back to Oct. 22, 2016 (streak ranks as the fourth-longest in Minnesota history) • made field goals from 26 and 49 yards and also connected on all five point-after attempts at Oregon State • made two field goals (24 and 47 yards) and four point-after attempts against Middle Tennessee • was 1-of-2 on field goals against Maryland and made all three of his point-after attempts • made lone field goal attempt from 38 yards at Purdue • made field goals from 25 and 47 yards and three point-after tries against Michigan State • made 1-of-2 field goals and three point-after attempts against Illinois • made his lone field goal attempt, a 33-yarder, at Iowa • made a 23-yard field goal at Michigan • scored 12 points (2 FGs, 6 PATs) against Nebraska.
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made 22-of-24 field goals (91.6%) • named Big Ten’s Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year (first Gopher to be honored with this award) and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award • named All-Big Ten First Team by the media and All-Big Ten Second Team by Big Ten coaches • scored 109 points, which tied Dan Nystrom (109 points in 2000) for most all-time by a Minnesota kicker • his 109 points also ranks tied for second all-time with Nystrom for any Gopher behind Gary Russell (114 points in 2005) • ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring • made his first nine field goals (tied for sixth longest streak in school history) to start the year and ended the season with 12 consecutive made field goals (fourth longest streak in school history) • perfect 10-of-10 on field goals from 40 yards or greater and was the only kicker in the nation - minimum of six kicks - to accomplish this feat • was 8-of-8 from 40-49 yards and 2-of-2 from 50-plus yards • career long field goal of 53 yards came against Purdue • notched 38 touchbacks on 76 kickoffs • named CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Connected on a 45-yard field goal (was his first career field-goal attempt) against Oregon State with no time remaining in the first half and also made all three point-after attempts • made field goals from 42, 44 and 45 yards (first Gopher ever to make three field goals in one game of at least 40 yards) against Indiana State and was perfect on all seven point-after attempts • made a 28-yard field goal and all four of his point-after attempts against Colorado State • made four field goals at Penn State (35, 37, 37 and 46) to become the fifth Gopher ever to make at least four field goals on the road • made his only kick - a point-after attemp - against Iowa • consecutive field goal made streak ended at nine when he missed from 36 yards in the first quarter at Maryland • converted a 37-yard field goal at Maryland in the third quarter and also made all four point after attempts • made 2-of-3 field goals (39 and 28 yards) against Rutgers and the 28-yarder came with six seconds remaining to give Minnesota a 34-32 win • made his only field goal (24 yards) attempt and five point after attempts at Illinois • made three field goals (28, 52 and 53 yards) against Purdue to become the second Gopher ever to make two 50-plus field goals in the game game (Adam Bailey connected from 50 and 52 yards against Penn State in 1997) • made a 42-yard field goal at Nebraska • made field goals from 19, 30 and 42 yards against Northwestern in freezing temperatures • connected on a 21-yard field goal at Wisconsin and also made two extra points • made two point-after attempts and a 43-yard field goal (second-long field goal in school bowl history) against Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Only action of the season came against TCU when he attempted an onside kick.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Ashwaubenon High School • helped lead team to 10-1 record and squad advanced to the third round of the playoffs • named first team All-Conference as a kick returner and second team All-Conference as a kicker • also named honorable mention All-State as a kicker • named Green Bay Gazette All-Area Kicker • made 9-of-12 field goals, with his longest being 50 yards • kicked six field goals of 40 yards or longer • made 18-of-21 point-after attempts • kicked off 39 times and recorded 23 touchbacks • coached by Mark Jonas • also lettered in track • ESPN ranked him as a three-star recuit, the No. 12 prospect in Wisconsin and the 32nd best kicker in his class • received a five-star kicker rating from Kohl's and was ranked as the No. 19 kicker in the nation.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 25, 1995 • son of Tim and Laura Carpenter • has one sister (Emelia).
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Athlon Sports has named six Gophers to its Big Ten Football 2018 All-Conference Team. This preseason announcement is a prediction by the magazine on how players will perform in 2018.
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Virtual Tour: Larson Football Performance Center
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Take a virtual tour of the new home of Minnesota Golden Gopher Football, the David & Janis Larson Performance Center!