Gophers return kicker Ryan Santoso and long snapper Payton Jordahl, but must replace punter Peter Mortell
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Did not see any game action.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Brainerd High School • helped lead Warriors to a 12-1 record, which is the school's best record ever, and a spot in the 5A state championship game • served as the team's punter and started at tight end, while also playing running back and backup quarterback • recorded 16 touchbacks • converted 47-of-52 extra points and also made two field goals • averaged 34.4 yards punting en route to being named honorable mention All-Section and All-Conference • longest career punt was 73 yards • was 4-of-4 passing for 63 yards and one touchdown • rushed 24 times for 177 yards and one touchdown • caught four passes for 102 yards • coached by Ron Stolski • received a 4.5 star punter rating from Kohl's and was listed as the No. 26 punter in his class • also lettered in basketball and baseball.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 19, 1995 • son of John McElfresh and Lori Carlson • has one brother and three sisters.
Golden Gophers Defeat Colorado State 31-24
Rodney Smith rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Gophers held on for a 31-24 win against Colorado State at TCF Bank Stadium.
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Rogers is here right now, but he’s not playing. It’s not because of a lack of talent, far from it actually. It’s because he’s injured and physically cannot play.
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