Minnesota represented by Tracy Claeys, Mitch Leidner, Jack Lynn and Damarius Travis
Jonah Pirsig, Brandon Lingen, Shannon Brooks, Damarius Travis, Jack Lynn and Ryan Santoso named preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon
Gophers deepest position this year could be at linebacker
Minnesota's four captains for the 2016 season will be Mitch Leidner, Damarius Travis, Jack Lynn and Brandon Lingen
Ten Gophers Awarded by Big Ten Conference
Football vs Northwestern 10.11.14
2016 • SENIOR SEASON: Has played in all seven games and started six • has 43 tackles including two for a loss of six yards. Game-by-Game: Led the team with seven tackles against Oregon State • also led the team in tackles with nine against Indiana State and recorded half of a sack • started against Colorado State and made six tackles • tallied five tackles against Penn State • registered nine tackles with one for a loss of one yard against Iowa • made three tackles against Maryland • recorded four tackles against Rutgers.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games and started 10 • recorded 76 tackles (fourth on team) and led the Gophers with 11.0 tackles-for-loss • added 1.5 sacks for a loss of 11 yards • broke up a pair of passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble • named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference media. Game-by-Game: Tallied seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, against TCU • registered three tackles at Colorado State • made four solo tackles versus Kent State • totaled three tackles (two solo), including 1.0 behind the line of scrimmage, against Ohio • recorded eight tackles, including a team-best 2.0 tackles-for-loss, at Northwestern • tallied four tackles, including .5 sack, and recovered a fumble on special teams at Purdue • registered seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, versus Nebraska • notched seven tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, and added a team-high two pass breakups against Michigan • tallied seven tackles, including a career-high 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and forced a fumble at Ohio State • registered seven tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, at Iowa • totaled eight tackles (three solo) versus Illinois • notched seven tackles against Wisconsin • recorded four tackles, including 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage, versus Central Michigan.
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games and started seven • tallied 57 tackles, including 7.0 tackles-for-loss and one sack • forced three fumbles, recovered one fumble and broke up two passes. Game-by-Game: Made his first career start at linebacker against Eastern Illinois and recorded four tackles • made a career high 10 tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against Middle Tennessee • made two tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, and forced two fumbles at TCU • tallied four tackles against San Jose State • notched five tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, at Michigan • assisted on three tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, against Northwestern • totaled seven tackles against Purdue • made three tackles at Illinois • recovered a fumble and recorded two tackles against Iowa, including .5 tackle-for-loss • made two tackles, including one for a loss, against Ohio State • made four tackles at Nebraska • recorded seven tackles at Wisconsin, including .5 tackle-for-loss, and forced a fumble • made four tackles and notched one sack against Missouri.
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Made his collegiate debut against UNLV, recording two tackles • registered three tackles at New Mexico State • competed at Indiana.
2012: Redshirted • shared Defensive Work Team Player of the Year honors with Matt Garin.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Lake Zurich High School • ranked as a three-star prospect and as the No. 27 player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com • helped lead team to three berths in the state semifinals and one berth in the state title game • named Class 7A All-State by Illinois High School Football Coaches Association • first-team all-state selection by the Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Tribune • named honorary captain of the Daily Herald Lake County all-area team • four-year starter • played wide receiver as well as linebacker • recorded 93 tackles, including seven tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks in 2011 • recovered two fumbles, snagged one interception and forced one fumble in 2011 • caught 13 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns during senior campaign • coached by Bryan Stortz.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 6, 1993 • son of Pat and Sandy Lynn.
Game 8: Minnesota at Illinois
Minnesota plays at Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game can be seen on BTN and can be heard on KFAN.
Double OT With Coach Claeys After Rutgers
Coach Claeys answered more questions after his Facebook Live show last night.
Smith Honored By B1G
Rodney Smith was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the week after recording 257 all-purpose yards against Rutgers.