Junior quarterback MarQueis Gray honored as team MVP.
Twenty-four seniors will be recognized on Senior Day Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Minnesota-Iowa Postgame Notes
Minnesota-Iowa Postgame Notes
2011 SENIOR SEASON:
Started all 12 games at nose tackle recorded 19 tackles (eight solo, 11 assisted) with one tackle-for-loss recovered one fumble named winner of Minnesota's Tony Dungy Character and Community Service Award named the Gophers' defensive lineman of the year earned fourth varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: Tallied two tackles in season opener at USC (9/3) recorded two solo tackles in home opener vs. New Mexico State (9/10) notched an assist in 29-23 home victory over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) garnered two solo tackles, including one tackle-for-loss in loss to North Dakota State (9/24) tallied one assist in Big Ten opener at Michigan (10/1) started at nose tackle at Purdue (10/8) recorded three tackles (one solo, two assists) vs. Nebraska (10/22) assisted on a tackle and recovered his first career fumble in 22-21 victory over Iowa (10/29) garnered three total tackles in 31-24 loss at Michigan State (11/5) recorded an assisted tackle vs. Wisconsin (11/12) notched three tackles (two solo, one assist) in loss at Northwestern (11/19) started in 27-7 victory over Illinois (11/26).
2010 JUNIOR SEASON:
Started 11 games at defensive tackle this year made 28 tackles (15 solo) including 5.5 tackles for a loss in 2010 also forced one fumble this season earned third varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: recorded first-career start at defensive tackle against Middle Tennessee State (9/2) notched five total tackles (three solo, two assists) against the Blue Raiders tallied one solo stop behind the line of scrimmage against South Dakota (9/11) made four total tackles (three solo, one assist) against USC (9/18) including two stops behind the line made two total tackles against Northern Illinois (9/25) forced a fumble against Northwestern (10/2) while also tallying two tackles (one solo) against the Wildcats tallied one tackle against Wisconsin (10/9) made one solo stop against Purdue (10/16) made two solo stops - both behind the line of scrimmage -- against Penn State (10/23) made three tackles (two solo) against Ohio State (10/30) made three tackles against Illinois (11/13) contributed four tackles (two solo) in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27).
2009 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Young defensive lineman become part of the regular defensive line rotation made the play of the early part of the season when he forced a fumble that was returned 52 yards for the game-winning touchdown against Air Force in the first-ever game at TCF Bank Stadium saw action in 11 games recorded 16 tackles with three tackles-for-loss earned second varsity letter.
Game-by-Game: Appeared in the season opening 23-20 overtime win at Syracuse (9/5), finishing with one solo tackle finished with three tackles and a forced fumble in a 20-13 win over Air Force (9/12) forced the fumble that was picked up and returned 52 yards by Nate Triplett for the game-winning score against the Falcons recorded a season-high five tackles in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19) posted a team high two tackles for loss against Cal appeared in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3), but did not record any statistics in the 35-20 win over Purdue (10/10), made his only tackle for a loss of four yards in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17), tallied two tackles appeared in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24) and the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31), but did not record any statistics in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14), finished with two tackles appeared in the 12-0 loss to Iowa (11/21), but did not record any statistics recorded two solo tackles in a 14-13 loss to Iowa State at the Insight Bowl (12/31).
2008 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Saw action as a reserve in 11 games had eight total tackles on the season earned first letter.
Game-by-Game: made his collegiate debut in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois (8/30), but did not record any statistics made first career tackle vs. Montana State (9/13) on a 5-yard TFL saw action as a reserve against Florida Atlantic (9/20) and Ohio State (9/27) but did not crack the stat sheet came off the bench to register at solo tackle at Illinois (10/11) credited with a 2-yard tackle for loss at Purdue (10/25) saw action but did not have any statistics vs. Northwestern (11/1) registered a pair of solo stops against Michigan (11/8) played at Wisconsin (11/15) but did not register any statistics collected a season-high three total tackles vs. Iowa (11/22) played vs. Kansas (12/31).
Prepped at Hazelwood East High School, where he was the top player in the Suburban North League helped lead the Spartans to an 8-2 record as a senior in 2007 recorded 69 tackles, five sacks and two fumble recoveries earned first team Class 5 all-state accolades named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro first team and the St. Louis American all-area first team Ranked second in the St. Louis Metro area in total tackles as a junior in 2006 with 93, including 50 solo stops, while helping lead Hazelwood East to an 8-3 mark earned first team all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association also a first team All-Metro pick by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a first team All-Suburban North Conference honoree coached by Corey Johnson.
Born June 22, 1989 son of Felicia Kirksey sociology major.
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