Gophers deepest position this year could be at linebacker
Gophers return three of top four tackling linebackers from a season ago
Big plays headline final open practice for Minnesota
Damien Wilson and De'Vondre Campbell will lead returning linebackers
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in seven games and started two • made 11 tackles (six solo) • broke up a pass • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action against TCU, but did not record any statistics • started and registered a career-high five tackles at Colorado State • competed versus Kent State and Ohio, but did not register any statistics • recorded a pair of tackles at Northwestern • broke up a pass at Purdue • started against Nebraska and registered three solo stops and added an assisted tackle.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in eight games and made one start • recorded three tackles and one pass breakup. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Middle Tennessee where he recorded one tackle • played at TCU and Michigan • competed on special teams against Northwestern and Purdue • made two tackles and broke up a pass against Iowa in his first career start • played at Wisconsin and against Missouri.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Mansfield Legacy High School • Broncos finished 10-3 in 2013, setting a school record for wins in a season • named to First Team Defense on the Star-Telegram 2013 Football Super Team • named to the Associated Press 4A All-State Team • made 74 tackles and notched 11 sacks as a senior • recovered three fumbles, all for touchdowns, and returned an interception for a touchdown • caught two passes on the season, one of which was a 6-yard score • blocked two field goals • coached by Chris Melson • ESPN and 247Sports listed him as a three-star recruit, while Rivals and Scout gave him two stars • 247Sports ranked him as the No. 119 outside linebacker in the nation and as the 238th-best prospect in Texas • ESPN had him as the No. 141 linebacker in the country and as the 229th-best recruit in Texas • also lettered in basketball and track.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 30, 1995 • son of Christina Williams • has one sister, Alyssa • uncle Don Moody was a running back in the 1990s at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
U Sends Eight To NFL In Last Three Drafts
Minnesota has had eight players drafted in the last three years after having zero picks from 2011-13.
Gophers Headed To NFL
The Gophers had two players – Eric Murray and De’Vondre Campbell – selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Three Gophers Honored by NFF
Christenson, Mortell, Thomas awarded for outstanding academics by the National Football Foundation