2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Appeared in eight games recorded five tackles (three solo, two assisted) with 0.5 tackles-for-loss earned second varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: Saw first action of season and recorded one tackle versus New Mexico State (9/10) appeared in 29-23 victory over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) tallied 0.5 tackles-for-loss in 37-24 loss to North Dakota State (9/24) garnered two tackles (one solo, one assist) in Big Ten opener at Michigan (10/1) notched a solo stop at Purdue (10/8) appeared vs. Nebraska (10/22) and Iowa (10/29).
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Appeared in all 12 games this season, starting six recorded 13 tackles (five solo) in 2010 including one hit behind the line earned first varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: debuted as Minnesota's starting defensive end against Middle Tennessee State (9/2) in a 24-17 Minnesota win recorded one assisted tackle against the Blue Raiders did not record statistics against South Dakota (9/11), USC (9/18) and Northern Illinois (9/25) returned to the starting lineup at nose tackle against Northwestern (10/2) and made three tackles (one solo) appeared against Wisconsin (10/9) but did not record any stats made two solo stops against Purdue (10/16) did not record any statistics against Penn State (10/23) or Ohio State (10/30) had a career-game against Michigan State (11/6) with four tackles (two solo) including one tackle for a three-yard loss made two tackles against Illinois (11/13) contributed one tackle in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27).
Holds Eastview High School records for career sacks, career tackles for loss, single-game sacks and single-game tackles for loss ranked as the No. 6 senior in the state of Minnesota by Rivals.com rated as the No. 21 defensive end in the nation by Rivals and No. 30 by Scout.com earned a four-star rating from Scout, while Rivals listed him as a three-star prospect served as a team captain in 2008 helped lead his team to a 7-4 mark in his last season, after helping the Lightning to an 11-2 record and a Minnesota Prep Bowl semifinal berth in 2007 earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press, Minnesota Football Coaches Association, Minnesota Vikings and St. Paul Pioneer Press named first-team all-metro by the Star-Tribune and KARE-11 played in the Hawaii Prep Classic following the 2008 season tallied three sacks and four tackles in the Hawaii Prep Classic earned second-team all-state honors from the Associated Press as a junior two-time all-conference selection four-time football letterwinner also a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse coached by Kelly Sherwin.
Born September 19, 1990 son of Dave and Jodie Garin business and marketing education major.
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