Gophers deepest position could be at linebacker
Gophers deepest position this year could be at linebacker
Gophers return three of top four tackling linebackers from a season ago
2016 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 13 games • recorded seven tackles and broke up one pass. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate and Minnesota debut against Oregon State and recorded two tackles • made one tackle against Indiana State • recorded one tackle against Colorado State • competed at Penn State and against Iowa • notched one tackle at Maryland • saw action against Rutgers, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin • broke up one pass against Washington State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Copperas Cove High School, where the Bulldawgs went 7-4 (5-1 in conference play) • selected to the Killeen Daily Herald’s All-District 12-6A Team • made 78 tackles (51 solo) in 11 games his senior year • returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown in a game against Belton • rushed 29 times for 211 yards and nine touchdowns • named Copperas Cove’s defensive MVP • coached by Jack Welch • also lettered in track • ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout • tabbed the No. 29 inside linebacker by ESPN, while Scout had him at No. 48 and 247Sports at No. 65 • Scout ranked him as the fifth-best middle linebacker prospect in Texas • ESPN rated him the No. 121 Texas recruit, and 247Sports had him No. 190.
PERSONAL: Born May 17, 1997 • son of Alicia and Ric Francis • has one brother (Jeremiah) and two sisters (Joellyn and Kaitlyn).
Elite Access: Beach Workout
Go behind the scenes at Gopher Football's first beach workout of the season on the shores of Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis in June of 2017!
Wolitarsky Winnipeg Bound
Former Minnesota receiver Drew Wolitarsky was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL supplemental draft.
Elite Access: Football Etiquette Dinner
The Gopher Football team participated in an etiquette dinner at TCF Bank Stadium in mid-June 2017 to learn about proper dinner etiquette and much more.