7 Mitch Leidner  
Mitch  Leidner

RS Junior

Lakeville, Minn.

High School:
Lakeville South HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 237


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Gophers Take Part in Fall Scrimmage at Concordia

Big plays headline final open practice for Minnesota


2015 Position Preview: Quarterbacks

Mitch Leidner, who is one of five quarterbacks on Minnesota's roster, has a 14-8 record in 22 career games


Spring Practice Finishes With Spring Game

The Gopher football team wrapped up 2015 spring practice with its annual Spring Game


Gophers Open Season with 42-20 Win

Leidner accounts for three scores in victory


Fall Camp '14: Quarterbacks Preview

Mitch Leidner will lead a young group of QBs in 2014


Gophers Rout Hawkeyes

Minnesota beat Iowa, 51-14, to bring Floyd of Rosedale home.


Minnesota Rallies Past Purdue

The Golden Gophers rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Purdue.


Gophers Beat Northwestern 24-17

Minnesota beat Northwestern 24-17 to improve to 5-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten.


Brick by Brick 2014: Ep. 7

The latest episode of Brick by Brick takes you behind the scenes in Michigan.


Gophers Claim Little Brown Jug

Minnesota defeated Michigan, 30-14, to claim the Little Brown Jug.


Football vs Iowa 11.08.14

Football vs Iowa 11.08.14


Football vs Northwestern 10.11.14

Football vs Northwestern 10.11.14


Football vs Eastern Illinois 08.28.14

Football vs Eastern Illinois 08.28.14


Spring Game 2014

Football in the Spring


Texas Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse

USATSI Gallery

Photo Gallery

CAREER: Has played in 22 career games (14-8 record) and started 16 (10-6 record) • has rushed for 17 career touchdowns (third most all-time for a Minnesota quarterback) and has passed for 2,417 career yards and 14 touchdowns • tied a school record for quarterbacks when he rushed for four touchdowns in one game against San Jose State in 2013 as a redshirt freshman • has two career 100-yard rushing games (151 yards vs San Jose State in 2013 and 111 yards at 111 yards at Nebraska in 2014) and team is 2-0 in those games • career high of four touchdown passes came in 51-14 home win against Iowa in 2014 • set a career high in completions (21), attempts (31) and passing yards (258) in 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against Missouri.

2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started 12 games, missing the San Jose State game with an injury • completed 122-of-237 passes for 1,798 yards and 11 touchdowns • rushed 126 times for 452 yards and 10 touchdowns (tied Billy Cockerham single-season record from 1999) • received the Neil Fredenburg Award, which is given to the player who shows the most courage and love of the game • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Rushed seven times for 15 yards and two touchdowns and was also 9-of-17 passing for 144 yards and one touchdown against Eastern Illinois • rushed five times for 32 yards and was 5-of-11 passing for 67 yards and one touchdown against Middle Tennessee • completed 12 passes for 151 yards at TCU • missed the San Jose State game with an injury • completed 14 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for one score at Michigan • was 10-of-15 for 153 yards against Northwestern and also rushed for 31 yards and two touchdowns • completed nine passes for 165 yards two touchdowns against Purdue and also rushed 13 times for 84 yards and one touchdown • completed 12 passes for a career-high 240 yards and one touchdown at Illinois • tossed four touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing for 138 yards against Iowa • carried the ball 11 times for 77 yards against Iowa • rushed for 56 yards and completed seven passes for 85 yards against Ohio State • rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries at Nebraska, while also passing for 135 yards • carried the ball 14 times for 54 yards and scored two touchdowns at Wisconsin • completed 21-of-31 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown against Missouri and also caught one pass (from David Cobb) for nine yards.

2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 10 games and started four • tied for the team lead (David Cobb) with seven touchdowns • completed 43-of-78 passes for 619 yards and three touchdowns • finished second on the team in rushing in attempts (102) and yards (407) • named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate debut against UNLV, where he rushed three times for 25 yards and scored his first career touchdown • rushed twice for 11 yards at New Mexico State • saw extensive action against Western Illinois, where he rushed 17 times for 64 yards and was 7-of-8 for 105 yards • made his first career start and rushed 24 times for 151 yards (eighth most in school history for a quarterback) against San Jose State • scored four rushing touchdowns against San Jose State to join Curtis Wilson (four rushing TDs against Indiana on Nov. 18, 1967) as the only quarterback in school history to score four times in one game • became only the eighth player in Minnesota history, and first since 2003, to score four or more touchdowns in one game • led team with 18 carries and 66 yards at Michigan • was 14-of-21 for 145 yards and tossed his first career touchdown pass (7 yards to Maxx Williams) at Michigan • started at Northwestern where he rushed seven times for 27 yards and was 1-of-3 passing for 11 yards • started against Nebraska and rushed for one touchdown • rushed six times for 35 yards and one touchdown (was 1-of-3 passing for 27 yards) as a reserve at Indiana • was 3-of-7 for 48 yards as a reserve at Michigan State • rushed for 24 yards on 13 carries and was 11-of-22 for 205 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse.

2012: Redshirted • shared Offensive Work Team Player of the Year honors with running back Cole Banham.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Lakeville South High School • helped lead his team to a 15-7 record as a junior and senior, including a 2010 section championship • earned all-metro and all-conference honors as a senior • also named honorable mention all-state in 2011 • all-conference and honorable mention all-state choice as a junior in 2010 • passed for 2,096 yards and 17 scores in 2010 • tallied 1,872 yards and 20 passing touchdowns as a senior • holds school record for single-game touchdown passes with six • honorable mention all-conference selection in basketball as a junior • coached by Larry Thompson.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 17, 1994 • son of Jeff and Carrie Leidner • has two siblings • younger brother Matt plays center for the Gophers.