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
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Did not see game action.
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.
Celestin, Lingen, Smith Named 2017 Captains
Tight end Brandon Lingen, linebacker Jonathan Celestin and running back Rodney Smith with captain the Gophers in 2017.
Four Gophers On Offense Honored By B1G
Four student-athletes from the Minnesota football program on offense were recognized by the coaches and media of the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.
Seven Gophers Honored By B1G
Seven student-athletes from the Minnesota football program on defense and special teams were recognized by the coaches and media of the Big Ten Conference on Monday.