Gophers welcome back seven defensive linemen who saw action in at least nine games from last season
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 13 games and made one start • recorded 11 tackles, including two for a loss (one sack) • tallied one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut and made two solo tackles against Eastern Illinois • made one tackle against Middle Tennessee • played at TCU • broke up one pass and recovered one fumble against San Jose State • recorded two tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, and forced a fumble at Michigan • made one tackle each against Northwestern and Purdue and at Illinois • recorded one sack against Iowa in his first career start • assisted on one tackle against Ohio State • saw action at Nebraska and at Wisconsin • made one tackle against Missouri.
OVERVIEW: Listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247Sports • Rivals listed him as the fourth-best player in Wisconsin, while 247Sports had him as the sixth-best prospect and ESPN had him ninth • Rivals named him as the No. 22 tight end in the nation, while ESPN had him at No. 24 • Scout had him as the No. 26 tight end recruit in the country and 247Sports had him at No. 28.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Somerset High School • named one of 16 State Scholar Athlete award winners by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association • helped the Spartans post an 11-2 record and make the state semifinals as a senior in 2013 • led team in receptions (7) and receiving yards (129) and also caught one touchdown (team passed for 431 yards and seven touchdowns during his senior season) • effective blocker in team's run-heavy offense that rushed for 2,969 yards • second on team with 72 tackles (43 solo) and led the state of Wisconsin with 28 tackles-for-loss • recorded 11 sacks and forced seven fumbles • broke up seven passes and recovered one fumble • named first team All-State on defense as a DE/OLB • ended career with 19 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns • was the only non-senior starter on Somerset's 12-1 state championship team in 2012 • football coach was Bruce Larson • a 1,000-point scorer in basketball and also lettered in track.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 8, 1995 • son of George Elmore • guardians are Bruce and Kelly Larson • has six siblings, three brothers and three sisters • Bruce Larson played played football at UW-River Falls from 1983-86 and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.