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Minnesota beat Northwestern 24-17 to improve to 5-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 10 games and started seven • missed three games due to injury • made 27 tackles (18 solo), including 3.5 behind the line of scrimmage • touted second-highest mark on team with three interceptions and returned one to the house for six points • recorded three pass breakups • returned 12 kickoffs for 257 yards (21.4 average) • named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference coaches. Game-by-Game: Tallied three tackles and returned a kickoff 20 yards against TCU • registered four tackles, one interception, one pass breakup and returned three kicks for 71 yards at Colorado State • made four tackles and returned a kickoff 21 yards versus Kent State • totaled six tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, one pass breakup and returned a kickoff for 20 yards against Ohio • broke up a pass at Northwestern • tallied two interceptions, one of which was returned 27 yards for a touchdown, and added a tackle-for-loss at Purdue • registered five tackles with one coming behind the line of scrimmage and added two kickoff returns versus Nebraska • totaled 41 yards on two kick returns and made two tackles against Michigan • tallied .5 sack and returned a kickoff for 23 yards at Ohio State • recorded one solo tackle against Central Michigan.
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games, starting once • second in the Big Ten with a 28.2-yard kick return average • returned 18 kicks for 508 yards • returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern • tied for second on the team with seven pass breakups • recorded 21 tackles, one interception (returned for a touchdown) and one forced fumble. Game-by-Game: Made three tackles and broke up one pass against Eastern Illinois • made one tackle, broke up one pass and returned an interception 31 yards for his first career touchdown against Middle Tennessee • registered eight tackles at TCU and three tackles against San Jose State 2014 • broke up one pass at Michigan, where he also returned one kickoff for 28 yards • made one tackle, broke up one pass and returned one kickoff 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown against Northwestern • named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 13) and National Kick Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards after the Northwestern game • returned six kickoffs for a total of 116 yards against Purdue • made three tackles (including one for a loss) forced a fumble, broke up a pass and returned one kickoff 25 yards at Illinois • broke up one pass against Iowa • broke up a pass and returned three kickoffs for 92 yards (long of 31) against Ohio State • played on defense and returned four kickoffs for 76 yards at Nebraska • assisted on one tackle and returned a kickoff 14 yards at Wisconsin • returned one kickoff for 57 yards and made one tackle against Missouri.
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in the final 11 games of the season, mostly on special teams • recorded four tackles. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate debut and played on special teams against Western Illinois • saw special teams action against San Jose State and Iowa • played on both special teams and in the secondary at Michigan, where he had one tackle • competed on special teams at Northwestern • competed against Nebraska and made one tackle at Indiana • played against Penn State and made one tackle against Wisconsin • saw action on special teams and at cornerback at Michigan State where he made one tackle • competed against Syracuse.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Savannah Christian Prep • led team to an 8-4 record in 2012 after going a perfect 11-0 as a junior in 2011 • excelled on offense and defense as a senior • made 50 tackles and recorded six pass breakups and two interceptions as a senior • had 25 tackles as a junior with 14 pass breakups and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown • scored 14 offensive touchdowns as a senior and 16 as a junior • standout track athlete at Savannah Christian Prep, finishing as the state runner-up in the 100m as a junior • coached by former Georgia Bulldog and San Francisco 49ers draft pick Donald Chumley • earned a two-star ranking from Rivals.com and Scout.com • listed as the No. 49 cornerback in the nation and the No. 62 overall prospect in Georgia by ESPN • ranked as the No. 101 cornerback in the nation and the No. 97 overall prospect in Georgia by 247Sports.com.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 27, 1995 • son of Glynn and Rhonda Myrick.
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