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: Gophers Visit Children's Hospital


Members of the Gopher Football team and head coach P.J. Fleck visit with patients at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in May 2017.

Elite Access: Delivering the Oars


P.J. Fleck is bringing "Row the Boat" to Minnesota! Last week Coach delivered oars to several campus businesses for display. Elite Access is presented by Cub.

Elite Access: Coach Fleck's Busy Week


Cub brings you an "Elite" inside look at some of head coach P.J. Fleck's activities during the week of May 8-12, 2017.

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