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: Played in 10 games and recorded seven tackles. Game-by-game: Saw action against Buffalo • notched two tackles against Oregon State • competed against Maryland • recovered one fumble against Michigan State • competed against Illinois • made one tackle against Iowa • notched three tackles at Michigan • saw action against Nebraska and Northwestern • made one tackle against Wisconsin.
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).
Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 14
12/11/2017 - Football
Former Gopher Basketball player Spencer Tollackson joined Justin Gaard on Ski-U-Mah Weekly Dec. 11 to talk Minnesota Basketball and more!
Vote O’Brien for Uplifting Athletes Award
12/11/2017 - Football
Gophers walk-on holder and two-time cancer survivor Casey O'Brien is one of four finalists for Rare Disease Champion Award.
B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics
12/6/2017 - Football
Ninety-five University of Minnesota student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office.