HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year varsity starter at wide receiver, safety and long snapper • led team to a 13-0 record and a state championship his senior season • recorded 70 tackles as a senior • named First Team All-State by Northstar Football News and AP in 2016 • named First Team All-Metro by KARE 11 and the Star Tribune in 2016 • named Academic All-State in 2016 • played in the 2016 Minnesota State All-Star Showcase game as the captain of the North Team and was selected as the game MVP for the North defense • also lettered in track and field.
PERSONAL: Born on May 20, 1999 • son of John and Sara Russell • has two brothers (Luke and William) and two sisters (Elizabeth and Jessica).
Six Gophers Receive Athlon Recognition
5/24/2018 - Football
Athlon Sports has named six Gophers to its Big Ten Football 2018 All-Conference Team. This preseason announcement is a prediction by the magazine on how players will perform in 2018.
Player Profile: Rodney Smith
5/23/2018 - Football
Rodney Smith will go down in Minnesota history as one of the program’s most elite running backs and has a chance this season to set a new standard for all-purpose yards by a Gopher.
Virtual Tour: Larson Football Performance Center
5/10/2018 - Football
Take a virtual tour of the new home of Minnesota Golden Gopher Football, the David & Janis Larson Performance Center!