Depth and experience highlight the group of road graters and protectors.
Senior leadership on full display to begin preseason practices
Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.
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
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 and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. 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.