Red Raiders 34-Gophers 31
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
Wilhite named Second Team All-Big Ten, while Carter, Hageman, Stoudermire named Honorable Mention
MarQueis Gray repeats as Bronko Nagurski Award winner
Photos from the Gophers home opener against New Hampshire on Sept. 8, 2012.
2011 JUNIOR SEASON:
Started at outside linebacker all 12 games ranked third on team with 83 tackles (53 solo, 30 assists) had five tackles-for-loss with 1.5 sacks recovered one fumble broke up two passes earned third varsity letter named Academic All-Big Ten.
Game-by-Game: Tallied three tackles (two solo, one assist) and recovered a fumble in season opener at USC (9/3) led team with 13 tackles (12 solo, one assist), including one tackle-for-loss in home opener vs. New Mexico State (9/10) recorded four tackles (two solo, two assists) and broke-up a pair of passes in 29-23 home victory against Miami (Ohio) (9/17) notched five tackles (four solo, one assist) in 37-24 loss to North Dakota State (9/24) tallied two tackles (one solo, one assist) at Michigan (10/1) tied for team-high seven tackles while recording one sack and two tackles-for-loss in loss at Purdue (10/8) tallied six tackles (four solo, two assists) in Homecoming loss to Nebraska (10/22) had 10 tackles (three solo, seven assists) in 22-21 victory over Iowa (10/29) led team with nine tackles (six solo, three assists) in 31-24 loss at Michigan State (11/5) had eight tackles (six solo, two assists) along with one tackle-for-loss vs. Wisconsin (11/12) tied career-high with 13 stops and 0.5 sacks in loss to Northwestern (11/19) three total tackles in 27-7 win over Illinois (11/26).
2010 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Appeared in nine games this season, starting six at linebacker tallied 37 total tackles (23 solo) with six tackles for a loss also tallied three interceptions this year. Game-by-Game: returned to the lineup and made first-career start against MTSU (9/2) after missing all but three games in 2009 with a leg injury finished with a game-high seven total tackles (four solo, three assists) also recorded his first career interception against the Blue Raiders and returned the pick for three yards tied for a team-high and career-best nine tackles (six solo, three assists) and recorded his second interception of the season to set up a Minnesota touchdown against South Dakota (9/11) tallied three total tackles (one solo, two assists) against USC (9/18) Appeared against Northern Illinois (9/25) but did not record any statistics did not appear against Northwestern (10/2) or Wisconsin (10/9) made one tackle against Purdue (10/16) led the Gophers with seven tackles (five solo) against Penn State (10/23) including 1.5 tackles for a loss made five tackles (one solo) against Ohio State (10/30) including one tackle for a three-yard loss picked off his team-leading third interception against Michigan State (11/6) while making three tackles (one solo) contributed two solo stops in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27).
Saw action in three games, before suffering broken leg vs. No. 8 Cal on 9/19 recorded six tackles, including five solo stops awarded a medical hardship waiver after missing remainder of season following broken leg, regaining a season of eligibility.
2008 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Earned a scholarship during training camp appeared in all 13 games as a defensive back and on special teams got his first collegiate start at the Insight Bowl totaled 20 tackles scholar-athlete award winner earned first letter. Game-by-Game: Recorded a solo tackle in his first collegiate appearance in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois (8/30) assisted on two tackles at Bowling Green (9/6) made an unassisted tackle against Montana State (9/13) credited with two total tackles vs. Florida Atlantic (9/20) credited with a solo tackle at Ohio State (9/27) fought off a block an made a spectacular solo tackle on kickoff coverage vs. Indiana (10/4) tallied two total stops at Illinois (10/11) recorded an unassisted tackle at Purdue (10/25) saw playing time vs. Northwestern (11/1) and Michigan (11/8) but did not record any statistics came off the bench to have a big game at Wisconsin (11/15), finishing with a team- and season-high eight tackles (six solo), including his first career tackle for loss collected a solo tackle vs. Iowa (11/22) started vs. Kansas (12/31), but did not record any statistics.
Helped lead Edina High School to a 10-1 mark and a Classic Lake Conference title as a senior in 2007 earned all-conference, all-area and all-state honors following his senior season named the MNpreps.com Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 tallied more than 1,500 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior campaign coached by Kim Nelson.
Born October 10, 1989 son of Stewart and Monica Rallis enrolled in the Carlson School of Management with a marketing and entrepreneurial management major.
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.