Ra'Shede Hageman blocked a field goal that Martez Shabazz picked up and raced for a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter
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
Keanon Cooper finished with eight tackles and one forced fumble.
Marcus Jones' back-to-back special teams touchdowns are No. 8 on the Top 10 plays of 2013.
Brick by Brick: Episode #4 - The Return
Marcus Jones recorded his second straight week with a return TD.
The Golden Gophers moved to 2-0 with a 44-21 win over New Mexico State.
2014 SENIOR SEASON: Sixth on Minnesota' all-time career kick return yardage list with 1,311 yards returned 10 kicks for 244 yards and six punts for for 48 yards made four tackles and broke up a pass played in 10 games. Game-by-Game: Returned two kickoffs for 33 yards and three punts for 37 yards against Eastern Illinois to finish with 70 all-purpose yards made four tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against Eastern Illinois returned one punt for nine yards and three kickoffs for 59 yards against Middle Tennessee returned five kickoffs for 152 yards and returned one punt for 2 yards at TCU returned one punt against San Jose State missed the game at Michigan and against Northwestern with an injury returned to action at Illinois played against Iowa and Ohio State but did not record any statistics saw action at Nebraska and at Wisconsin returned one punt for three yards against Missouri.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games after recovering from a season-ending knee injury in 2012 returned 25 kicks for 622 yards and one touchdown averaged 24.9 yards on kick returns to rank 35th in the nation returned 11 punts for 115 yards, which included one touchdown second on the team with 737 all-purpose yards (622 kick return, 115 punt return) notched 10 tackles named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Returned three kicks for 134 yards against UNLV, which included a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown kick return for a touchdown was the second of his career (92-yard return against Purdue in 2011) led Minnesota with 149 all-purpose yards against UNLV, including a 15-yard punt return named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt 65 yards at New Mexico State punt return touchdown was Minnesota's first since 2000 (Tellis Redmon, 83 yards vs. Northwestern) and first on the road since 1996 (Rodney Hood, 72 yards at Purdue) returned three kickoffs for 70 yards against Western Illinois returned two punts for 13 yards and one kickoff for 21 yards against San Jose State made one solo tackle on special teams and returned one kickoff for 66 yards against Iowa led team with 81 all-purpose yards (63 kick return, 18 punt return) at Michigan played at Northwestern, but did not record any statistics made three tackles against Nebraska returned five kickoffs for 93 yards at Indiana totaled 38 yards on two kickoff returns against Penn State returned one kickoff 22 yards against Wisconsin returned one punt (7 yards) and three kickoffs (70 yards) at Michigan State returned two kickoffs for 30 yards against Syracuse.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in the first 11 games of the season and started the first three made six catches for 67 yards and rushed seven times for 33 yards returned three punts for 47 yards named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Caught one pass for 6 yards at UNLV, as he returned to action after injuring his knee on Oct. 22, 2011, against Nebraska had one catch for 14 yards and carried the ball three times for 19 yards vs. New Hampshire caught one pass for 16 yards vs. Western Michigan had two receptions for 24 yards in a win against Syracuse rushed three times for 13 yards vs. Northwestern returned one punt for 21 yards vs. Purdue made one catch for 7 yards at Illinois and returned one punt for 19 yards recorded a 22-yard punt return at Nebraska missed the Michigan State and Texas Tech games after suffering a knee injury at Nebraska.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in the first seven games of the season before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury made first career start in first collegiate game at USC first Gopher since 2007 to return a kickoff for a touchdown tallied nine receptions for 142 yards 370 kick return yards with one score. Game-by-Game: Three catches for 51 yards in collegiate debut at USC two receptions for 19 yards vs. New Mexico State started in win over Miami (Ohio) caught two passes for 31 yards vs. North Dakota State five kick-returns for 119 yards at Michigan one catch for 32 yards at Purdue five kick-returns for 159 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown return against the Boilermakers one reception for 9 yards vs. Nebraska three kick returns for 92 yards vs. the Cornhuskers did not see action in final five games due to injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School helped lead his team to a 14-2 record and a state Class 4AA runner-up finish named All-Cap 8 Conference following his senior season was a three-year starter for the Cougars played both offense and defense in high school rushed for 797 yards on just 98 carries as a senior, an average of more than 8 yards per carry scored 19 rushing touchdowns for the Cougars in 2010 also returned kicks and tallied an interception last season coached by Reginald Lucas.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 2, 1993 son of Guy and Patricia Jones.
U Sends Eight To NFL In Last Three Drafts
Minnesota has had eight players drafted in the last three years after having zero picks from 2011-13.
Gophers Headed To NFL
The Gophers had two players – Eric Murray and De’Vondre Campbell – selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Three Gophers Honored by NFF
Christenson, Mortell, Thomas awarded for outstanding academics by the National Football Foundation