Two seniors, one junior will lead the Gophers in 2017
Seven Gophers on defense and special teams were named All-Big Ten
Minnesota held its annual awards banquet on Sunday afternoon
Minnesota recorded a career-high three turnovers against the Hawkeyes
Gophers deepest position this year could be at linebacker
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 12 games and started nine • recorded a team high 79 tackles with seven for a loss of 20 yards, 2.5 sacks and has broken up four passes. Game-by-Game: Led the team with seven tackles and also broke up one pass against Oregon State • notched four tackles including one for a loss against Indiana State • recorded four tackles including one for a loss of one yard against Colorado State • tallied eight tackles with two for a loss of 11 yards against Penn State • anchored the defense with a career high (and highest total of any Gopher this season) 13 tackles (12 solo) against Iowa • led the Gophers in tackling with seven (six solo) against Maryland with one sack and one pass breakup • had a team high 12 tackles including one sack for a loss of two yards against Rutgers • notched four tackles including one for a loss of one yard and was credited with two quarterback hurries against Illinois • made five tackles with half a sack for a loss of one yard • tallied five tackles against Nebraska • broke up one pass and made three tackles against Northwestern • forced one fumble and made seven tackles against Wisconsin.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started three • made 43 tackles, including 4.0 tackles-for-loss • forced a fumle and broke up a pass • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action against TCU, but did not record any statistics • tied a previous-best with six tackles at Colorado State • made one solo and one assisted tackle versus Kent State • totaled a career-high eight tackles (six solo), including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, against Ohio • recorded a pair of tackles, including 1.0 behind the line of scrimmage, at Northwestern • tallied a pair of tackles at Purdue • registered a team-high eight tackles and forced a fumble versus Nebraska • notched a tackle against Michigan • saw action at Ohio State, but did not record any statistics • registered two solo tackles at Iowa • totaled six tackles, including 1.0 behind the line of scrimmage, versus Illinois • saw action against Wisconsin, but did not record any statistics • recorded a team-high six tackles (five solo) versus Central Michigan.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 11 games and made 16 tackles • recorded 3.0 tackles-for-loss and forced one fumble on special teams. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois and recorded three tackles • totaled four tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against Middle Tennessee • competed at TCU and against San Jose State • saw special teams action against Northwestern • made one tackle and forced one fumble on a kick return against Purdue • saw action at Illinois • made a career-high six tackles (five solo) against Iowa, including one tackle-for-loss • played at Nebraska and at Wisconsin • totaled two tackles against Missouri, including one tackle-for-loss.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Mundy's Mill High School • helped lead his team to an 8-5 record, which was the best season in school history • team advanced to Class 5A quarterfinals • honorable mention All-State • named Clayton County's top defensive player by the Clayton Daily News • moved from safety to linebacker during his senior season and led the team with 139 tackles (92 solo) • recorded 10 or more tackles in eight games • had seven tackles-for-loss, which included six sacks • caught one pass for 10 yards • recorded 39 tackles as a junior, including five tackles-for-loss and four sacks • caught seven passes for 81 yards as a tight end • high school teammate running back Rodney Smith • coached by Greg Manior • also lettered in basketball and track • rated as a two-star recruit by 247Sports, which also named him the 124th-best linebacker in his class and the 164th-best player in Georgia.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 21, 1995 • son of Frederick and Eunice Celestin • has one sister (Alexus).
Wolitarsky Finishing Career In Home State
Drew Wolitarsky could not have dreamt for a better location for his final collegiate game.
Three Gophers To Play In January Showcase Games
Hendrick Ekpe, Mitch Leidner and Jonah Pirsig have accepted invitations to play in post-collegiate games in January.
Carpenter, Richardson Recognized by AP
The Associated Press named its All-Big Ten on Monday with Emmit Carpenter earning first team honors and Steven Richardson being named second team.