Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Saw action against UNLV and helped protect for an offense that rushed for 221 yards played against San Jose State saw extensive action at Michigan State and helped Minnesota become the second team this year for rush for more than 100 yards (124 yards) against the Spartans.
2012 FRESHMAN SEASON: Saw action in five games named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut vs. New Hampshire and helped pave the way for the Gophers to rush for a season-high 240 yards saw action vs. Iowa blocked for Minnesota's offense as it rushed for 231 yards at Illinois played vs. Michigan State blocked for the Gophers as they rushed for 222 yards vs. Texas Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Rosemount High School earned Associated Press All-State honors also received all-state recognition from the Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Vikings helped lead the Irish to a 12-1 record during his senior season team advanced to the Class 5A Prep Bowl named to the Star-Tribune and KARE-11 all-metro teams team went 7-4 during his junior season, advancing to the section finals coached by Jeff Erdman.
PERSONAL: Son of Carol Ames born May 10, 1993 business and marketing education major.