Matt Leidner
Matt  Leidner

RS Junior

Lakeville, Minn.

High School:
Lakeville South HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 290


2 Letter

Mechanical Engineering


Leidner Named To AP 2016 All-Bowl Team

Minnesota native lost 30 pounds prior to the game, but delivered when his team needed him


Spring Preview: Offensive Line

New offense line coach Bart Miller has 16 players to work with this spring, but only five have played in a game


Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

Student-athletes from the University of Minnesota honored for performance in classroom


Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

Student-athletes from the University of Minnesota honored for performance in classroom


2015 Position Preview: Offensive Line

Depth and experience highlight the group of road graters and protectors.


Gophers vs. San Jose State: Sept. 21, 2013

Photos from the Gophers football game vs. San Jose State on Sept. 21, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium

2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in five games and made his first career start in the Holiday Bowl against Washington State • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Saw action on the offensive line as a reserve against Indiana State • competed extremely hard at Maryland, at Illinois and in the final home game of his career against Northwestern • started at center against Washington State and posted a dominating performance on the offensive line as Minnesota beat the Cougars 17-12 • named to the 2016 Associated Press All-Bowl Team. 

Played in three games, seeing action on offense and on special teams • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his season and collegiate debut as a reserve center at Purdue • played on special teams at Ohio State • saw action on offense against Illinois.

Did not see game action • named Offensive Work Team Player of the Year.

2013: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Lakeville South • blocked for an offense that rushed for 1,910 yards and 19 touchdowns • recorded 105 pancake blocks • protected for a passing game that threw for 704 yards and four touchdowns • named Second-Team All-State and All Metro • coached by Larry Thompson.

PERSONAL: Born May 10, 1995 • son of Jeff and Carrie Leidner • has two siblings • older brother Mitch plays quarterback for the Gophers.


Elite Access: Football Etiquette Dinner


The Gopher Football team participated in an etiquette dinner at TCF Bank Stadium in mid-June 2017 to learn about proper dinner etiquette and much more.

Football Staff Tours Athletes Village


The Gopher football coaching staff recently took a tour of the new Athletes Village which is scheduled to open in January.

Pick-Your-Packs On Sale Now


Attending a football game at TCF Bank Stadium just got a whole lot easier, as the athletic department announced a variety of ticket packages that cater to nearly every fan.

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