Smith, Brooks look to lead potent Minnesota rushing game
Gophers collectively rushed 58 times for 275 yards and one touchdown in spring game
Smith, Brooks lead talented Minnesota running backs
2017 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Middle Tennessee where he carried the ball five times for 16 yards.
2016 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Did not see game action.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended St. Andrew’s College • played in eight games as a senior and rushed for 1,615 yards and 12 touchdowns • rushed 23 times for 137 yards and was named MVP in the 2014 National Underclassmen Combine All-American game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. • coached by Len Gurr • ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, while 247Sports gave him two stars • Rivals had him as the No. 53 running back in his class • Scout listed him as the No. 1 running back in Ontario and the No. 154 running back in his class, while 247Sports had him at No. 2 for prospects in Ontario and at No. 164 for running backs • ESPN ranked him as the No. 4 recruit in his region and as the 129th-best running back • also lettered in baskebtall.
PERSONAL: Born April 11, 1996 • son of Jonathan and Antonia Cole • has one sister (Megan).
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Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 6
P.J. Fleck, Jenny Hansen and Abby DeMuse are this week's guests on Ski-U-Mah Weekly which streams on Facebook every Monday.
Game 7: Illinois at Minnesota
Minnesota hosts Illinois at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The game can be watched on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.