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
2017 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Saw action against Buffalo and notched two tackles against Oregon State • competed against Maryland.
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).
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Game 7: Illinois at Minnesota
Minnesota hosts Illinois at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The game can be watched on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.