Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
Postgame Quotes vs. Wisconsin
Photos from the Gophers vs. Western Illinois football game at TCF Bank Stadium, Sept. 14, 2013
2013 SENIOR SEASON: Served as primary snapper for both punts and place kicks against UNLV, successfully converting 11 long snaps (2 FG, 6 PAT, 3 punt) perfect on long snaps, as he converted 10 at New Mexico State (3 FG, 4 PAT, 3 punt) executed eight long snaps (3 PAT, 5 punt) against Western Illinois and 11 long snaps (2 FG, 6 PAT, 3 punt) against San Jose State converted eight long snaps (1 PAT, 7 punt) against Iowa executed six long snaps (2 FG, 1 PAT, 3 punt) at Michigan and 12 long snaps (3 FG, 2 PAT, 7 punt) at Northwestern converted 11 long snaps (2 FG, 4 PAT, 5 punt) against Nebraska executed 11 long snaps (6 PAT, 5 punt) at Indiana converted eight snaps (1 FG, 3 PAT, 4 punt) against Penn State and seven against Wisconsin (1 PAT, 6 punt) converted seven long snaps (2 FG, 5 punt) at Michigan State.
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 13 games served as primary snapper for both punts and place kicks successfully converted 125 long snaps (22 FG, 34 PAT, 69 punt) named Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 12 games successfully converted 99 long snaps (15 FG, 25 PAT, 59 punt) during the 2011 season.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in nine games as Minnesota's long snapper on punts.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned Second Team All-Middle Border Conference honors as a tight end in 2008 was a three-sport athlete for Prescott High School earned All-America honors as a high school wrestler in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle disciplines was an honor student at Prescott.
PERSONAL: Born on February 19, 1991 son of Tom and Janice Filkins was also a member of the Gopher wrestling team in 2009-10 and 2010-11 working on his post graduate degree.
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.