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
Coach Kill met with the media today in advance of Minnesota's game with Michigan on Saturday
Brick by Brick: Episode 5 - Bouncing Back
2014 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in the final 12 games games of the season, mostly on special teams started at right guard against Missouri, which marked his first start on the offensive line since he started at center at Indiana on Nov. 2, 2013 (suffered season-ending injury at Indiana) received the team's Butch Nash Award, which is presented to the person who best displays a competitive spirit on the field and in the classroom Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Competed on special teams against Middle Tennessee, which was his first game action since Nov. 2, 2013, at Indiana when he suffered a season-ending injury played on special teams at TCU and competed against San Jose State saw action at Michigan and against Northwestern, Purdue and at Illinois competed against Iowa on the offense line and special teams and saw action against Ohio State played at Nebraska and Wisconsin started at right guard and protected for an offense that passed for 267 yards and one touchdown against Missouri.
2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Earned the starting ceter position and started the first nine games of the season missed the final four games of the season after suffering a season-ending injury at Indiana named Academic All-Big Ten and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Game-by-Game: Helped protect for an offense that rushed for 221 yards against UNLV blocked for an offense that rushed for 342 yards at New Mexico State helped pave the way for Minnesota to rush for 213 yards and four touchdowns against Western Illinois protected for an offense that rushed for 353 yards (most since 2005) and six touchdowns against San Jose State started against Iowa and at Michigan started at Northwestern and protected for an offense that rushed for 176 yards blocked for an offense that generated 430 yards of total offense (271 rushing yards) in a win against Nebraska started at Indiana, but suffered a season-ending injury in the second quarter.
2012 FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 10 games started six games (at left guard at Iowa, vs, Northwestern and vs. Texas Tech and at center vs. Purdue, vs. Michigan and at Illinois) named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut in a reserve role against New Hampshire and helped pave the way for the Gophers to rush for a season-high 240 yards protected for an offense that passed for a 246 yards and three touchdowns vs. Purdue blocked for Minnesota's offense as it rushed for 231 yards at Illinois started vs. Texas Tech as Minnesota gained 222 yards on the ground.
HIGH SCHOOL: Standout at Minnetonka High School helped lead Skippers to a 5-5 mark as a senior served as a team captain during 2010 season during his junior season, he helped lead his team to an 8-3 mark and a berth in the Class 5A Section 6 finals coached by Dave Nelson.
PERSONAL: Born June 29, 1992 son of Margie and Kurt Christenson has one brother, James has already graduated with a degree in biochemistry pursuing a master's in public health administration and policy.