Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Coach Kill addressed the Twin Cities media Wednesday afternoon, on the eve of the first 2012 spring practice.
James Manuel's interception return propelled the Golden Gophers past Northwestern.
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Aided by three turnovers, the Gopher football team defeated Northwestern, 20-17.
CAREER NOTES: Recruited to Minnesota as a defensive back - saw action in 22 games as a defensive back, including three starts during his freshman season - recorded 40 total tackles and one interception in two seasons at safety - moved to linebacker prior to 2012 spring practice.
2013 SENIOR SEASON: Recorded four tackles and broke up a pass against UNLV made one tackle and broke up one pass at New Mexico State forced one fumble and tied for the team lead with six tackles against Western Illinois saw action against San Jose State made five tackles against Iowa in a reserve role started at Michigan and made six tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss totaled five tackles (including one sack) at Northwestern and returned an interception 24 yards for the first touchdown of his career made two tackles against Nebraska and competed at Indiana made five tackles and recovered one fumble against Penn State totaled three tackles and broke up one pass against Wisconsin led team with eight tackles at Michigan State, which included one sack and 1.5 tackle-for-loss.
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 13 games started once against Northwestern seventh on the team in tackles (50). Game-by-Game: Made four tackles at UNLV recorded four tackles against New Hampshire notched five tackles against Western Michigan and vs. Syracuse posted five tackles at Iowa and against Northwestern assisted on two tackles at Wisconsin had five tackles vs. Purdue made four tackles vs. Michigan, which included 1/2 sack tallied four tackles at Illinois recovered one fumble and made five tackles at Nebraska registered one solo tackle vs. Michigan State assisted on one tackle vs. Texas Tech.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Appeared in all 12 games recorded 11 tackles. Game-by-Game: Recorded a solo tackle in season opener at USC tallied two solo tackles vs. New Mexico State appeared in 29-23 victory against Miami (Ohio) appeared vs. North Dakota State garnered one tackle at Michigan competed at Purdue notched two tackles in Homecoming game vs. Nebraska appeared in 22-21 victory against Iowa assisted on two tackles at Michigan State had three tackles vs. Wisconsin appeared at Northwestern played in 27-7 victory against Illinois.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in all 12 games, starting three made 29 total tackles (14 solo), forcing two turnovers and breaking up one pass. Game-by-Game: Debuted with first-career start at strong safety in a 24-17 Gophers win at Middle Tennessee State finished game with four tackles tallied five total tackles against South Dakota forced two turnovers to set up Minnesota touchdowns against USC recorded first-career interception against the Trojans and forced a fumble and recovered the loose ball late in the game, setting up the game's final scoring drive finished the USC game with seven total tackles with one pass break up appeared against Northern Illinois but did not record any stats made one solo stop against Northwestern appeared as a reserve against Wisconsin, making seven stops appeared against Purdue but did not record any statistics made one tackle against Penn State had one tackle against Ohio State notched two tackles against Michigan State made one tackle against Illinois played against Iowa.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Warren Central High School helped lead team to a 13-2 record and a state championship in 2009 Warriors defeated Carmel High School 42-36 in double overtime to take the Indiana 5A title earned Honorable Mention All-State honors from the AP ranked as the No. 79 safety in the country by Rivals.com listed as the No. 6 player in Indiana by Rivals rated as the No. 37 safety in the nation by ESPN rated as the No. 50 safety in the country by Scout.com played for the Mainland squad in the 2009 Aloha Prep Classic in Hawaii tallied 115 tackles to rank No. 3 on the squad as a senior racked up three interceptions, 10 pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 2009 recorded 45 tackles, two interceptions, four pass break-ups and a blocked field goal as a junior in 2008 coached by John Hart.
PERSONAL: James Manuel was born March 17, 1991 son of Janet and Clyde Manuel youth studies major.