Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Head coach Jerry Kill spoke with the Twin Cities media Tuesday, prior to the Gophers' trip to Northwestern Saturday.
Golden Gophers - Boilermakers
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).
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.
Born March 10, 1990 son of Lakeshia and Eric Lair, Sr. youth studies major.
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