Mitch Leidner named Team MVP, Eric Murray collects defensive honors
Minnesota-Illinois Postgame Quotes
Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Head coach Jerry Kill spoke with the Twin Cities media Tuesday, prior to the Gophers' trip to Northwestern Saturday.
Minnesota travels to Evanston for a Big Ten matchup with the Wildcats at 11 a.m. CT Saturday.
2011 SENIOR SEASON:
Started all 12 games at middle linebacker finished second on team in tackles with 87 (43 solo, 44 assisted) recorded 9.0 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks broke up three passes earned fourth varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: Tallied seven tackles (four solo, three assists) with one TFL and broke up two passes in season opener at USC (9/3) recorded six tackles (four solo, two assists) with 0.5 tackles-for-loss vs. New Mexico State (9/10) notched five tackles (one solo, four assists) in 29-23 victory over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) eight tackles (two solo, six assists) and 0.5 tackles-for-loss in 37-24 loss to North Dakota State (9/24) tallied six tackles (two solo, four assists) with one tackle-for-loss in Big Ten opener at Michigan (10/1) tied for a team-high seven tackles (six solo, one assist) while also tallying one sack in 45-17 loss at Purdue (10/8) garnered seven tackles (four solo, three assists) in 41-14 Homecoming loss to Nebraska (10/22) recorded eight tackles (three solo, five assists) in 22-21 victory over Iowa (10/29) tallied six tackles (two solo, four assists) and one sack in 31-24 loss at Michigan State (11/5) led team with 12 tackles (seven solo, five assists) along with three tackles-for-loss and one sack in 42-13 home loss to Wisconsin (11/12) notched nine tackles (three solo, six assists) and one pass break-up in 28-13 loss at Northwestern (11/19) recorded six tackles (five solo, one assist), including a sack, in 27-7 victory over Illinois (11/26).
2010 JUNIOR SEASON:
Started all 12 games at linebacker led Minnesota with 90 total tackles (47 solo) in 2010 made 9.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage including 1.5 sacks also forced one fumble and broke up two passes hauled in his first-career interception in 2010 earned third varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: tallied one assisted tackle against MTSU (9/2) recorded six total tackles (four solo, two assists) the next week against South Dakota (9/11) including 1.5 tackles for a loss put up a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo, three assists) against USC (9/18) recorded five tackles (two solo) against Northern Illinois (9/25) including one tackle for a loss made 10 tackles (seven solo) against Northwestern (10/2) including two tackles behind the line of scrimmage also forced one fumble against the Wildcats led the Gophers with 14 tackles (six solo) against Wisconsin (10/9) also broke up his first career pass against the Badgers led Minnesota with ten tackles (five solo) against Purdue (10/16) made one tackle behind the line for a one-yard loss recorded first career interception against the Boilermakers, returning 52 yards before fumbling the ball for a Purdue touchback made six tackles (four solo) against Penn State (10/23) made six tackles (four solo) against Ohio State (10/30) picked up his second career sack against Michigan State (11/6), finishing the game with five tackles (four solo) led the Gophers defense with 12 tackles (four solo) against Illinois (11/13) including half a sack for a five-yard loss and an additional tackle behind the line for a three-yard loss contributed four tackles (one solo) in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27) while also breaking up a pass.
2009 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Reserve linebacker saw his role increase throughout the season closed the regular season with a breakout performance, leading the defense with 10 tackles at Iowa also notched the first sack of his career in the regular-season finale first career tackle came against Wisconisn earned second varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: Appeared in each of the season's first four games, but did not record any statistics appeared in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3) and recorded first career tackle, finishing with two on the day appeared in the 35-20 win over Purdue (10/10), but did not record any statistics in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17), finished with two tackles in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24), notched two tackles in the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31), tallied one tackle for a loss of one yard in the 35-32 loss to Illinois (11/7), finished with one tackle in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14), finished with two tackles had a breakout game in the 12-0 loss to No. 15 Iowa (11/21), leading the team with a career-high 10 tackles, including four solo also recorded a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss vs. the Hawkeyes recorded one solo stop vs. Iowa State at the Insight Bowl (12/31).
2008 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Emerging young linebacker who played in seven games, mostly on special teams did not record any statistics made his first collegiate appearance at Illinois (10/11) also saw action vs. Purdue (10/25), Northwestern (11/1), Michigan (11/8), Wisconsin (11/15), Iowa (11/22) and Kansas (12/31) earned first letter.
Attended First Coast High School, where he helped lead the Buccaneers to three straight District 4-4A titles headlined the No. 1 defense in Duval County as a senior in 2007, helping First Coast to an 11-3 record collected 70 tackles, including 25 sacks earned third team Florida Class 4A all-state honors from the Florida Sports Writer's Association and was a first team All-District 4-4A selection also earned all-conference and all-district honors named MVP of the 2007 Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South Football All-Star Classic, collecting five sacks and leading the North team to a 25-7 victory totaled 56 tackles, including 17 sacks, as a junior in 2006 earned honorable mention All-District 4-4A and all-conference honors coached by Marty Lee.
Born October 23, 1989 son of Ronda and Gary Tinsley business marketing education major.
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