85 Eric Lair  
Eric Lair

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

High School:
Lamar

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 232

Position:
Tight End


11/21/2011

Gophers Send Seniors Off With Contest vs. Illinois

Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

11/15/2011

Jerry Kill Press Conference Transcript - Nov. 15, 2011

Head coach Jerry Kill spoke with the Twin Cities media Tuesday, prior to the Gophers' trip to Northwestern Saturday.

10/08/2011

Minnesota-Purdue Game Notes

Golden Gophers - Boilermakers

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2011 • SENIOR SEASON:
Played in all 12 games with three starts • hauled in 11 receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown• earned fourth career varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: started at tight end in season-opener at Southern California (9/3) • tallied two catches for 30 yards against the Trojans • saw action as a reserve against New Mexico State (9/10) • two receptions for season-high 55 yards in win over Miami (Ohio) • season-long 43-yard reception came vs. RedHawks • hauled in two aerials for 41 yards and 1 TD against North Dakota State (9/24) • one catch for five yards at Michigan (10/1) • caught one pass for 19 yards at Purdue (10/8) • one catch for three yards against Nebraska (10/22) • started at H-Back in victory over Iowa (10/29) • one catch for five yards at Michigan State (11/5) • in starting linup against Wisconsin (11/12) • recorded one reception for 10 yards at Northwestern (11/19) • saw action as reserve in Senior Day victory over Illinois (11/26)..

2010 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts this season at tight end • hauled in 39 catches for 526 yards with two touchdowns • earned third varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: made two receptions for 40 yards against MTSU (9/2) • caught two passes for 18 yards against South Dakota (9/2) • tallied 23 receiving yards on three catches against USC (9/18) • picked up seven receptions for 94 yards against Northern Illinois (9/25) including a career-long 44-yard reception • had another career day against Northwestern (10/2), catching the first two touchdowns of his career • finished the Wildcats game with three catches for 75 yards • led the Gophers receiving corps with four catches for 78 yards against Wisconsin (10/9) • made five catches against Purdue (10/16) for 42 yards • gained 37 yards through the air on three catches against Penn State (10/23) • made one catch for a three-yard gain against Ohio State (10/30) • made four catches for 59 yards against Michigan State (11/6) while also gaining nine yards on a fake punt in the third quarter against the Spartans • tallied three catches for 38 yards against Illinois (11/13) • made two catches for 19 yards against Iowa (11/27) while also returning two kicks for 20 yards.

2009 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
First career touch came in the Wisconsin game, when he carried the ball for an eight-yard rush on a tight end reverse • recorded one reception for 12 yards at the Insight Bowl vs. Iowa State • earned second varsity letter.

2008 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Up-and-coming young athlete who contributed as both a tight end and on special teams • appeared in 12 games, primarily on special teams, but did not record any statistics • earned first letter. Game-by-Game: Earned playing time in 11 straight games • missed only the season opener • made his first collegiate appearance at Bowling Green (9/6).

HIGH SCHOOL:
Prepped at Lamar High School • three-year starter who helped the Redskins win 29 games • helped lead Lamar to a 10-2 record, the district 20-5A title and a berth in the second round of the Class 5A Division 1 state playoffs as a senior in 2007 • hauled in 11 receptions for 233 yards and five touchdowns • earned second team all-state honors from Prep Ticket • helped lead Lamar to a 9-3 record and the second round of the Class 5A Division 1 state playoffs as a junior in 2006 • honorable mention All- District 20-5A • caught 27 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns • helped Lamar post a 10-1 record as a sophomore in 2005 • coached by Tom Nolen.

PERSONAL:
Born March 10, 1990 • son of Lakeshia and Eric Lair, Sr. • youth studies major.