Former Gophers ink free agent deals and accept mini camp invites
Eleven former Gophers worked out in front of NFL teams
Five Gophers on defense and special teams recognized by the conference
Carpenter named first team, while Richardson, Santoso and Smith receive second-team honors
Gophers deepest position could be at linebacker
09.09.17 Football vs. Oregon State
2017 • SENIOR SEASON: Started all 12 games • finished second on the team with 78 tackles (55 solo) including 5.5 for a loss • recovered one fumble and had one pick-six • received the team's Carl Eller Award (Outstanding Defensive Player) and was named Minnesota's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. Game-by-Game: Started against Buffalo and recorded six tackles including 1.5 for a loss of three yards • led the team with 10 tackles including a tackle for a loss of five yards and recovered one fumble at Oregon State • notched four tackles against Middle Tennessee • tallied a career high 15 tackles including one for a loss of one yard against Maryland • made six tackles including one sack for a loss of seven yards • notched six tackles against Michigan State • took his first career interception to the house late in the game against Illinois • notched eight tackles against Iowa • made four tackles against Michigan • tallied four tackles against Nebraska • registered six tackles against Northwestern • notched four tackles including one for a loss against Wisconsin.
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started 10 • recorded 80 tackles, second highest on the team, with seven for a loss of 20 yards, 2.5 sacks and broke up four passes • Academic All-Big Ten. 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 • recorded one tackle against Washington State.
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).
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!