2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in seven games, starting three at center (at UNLV, vs. New Hampshire and at Wisconsin) suffered a season-ending injury at Illinois, causing him to miss the final three games of the season. Game-by-Game: Provided protection for an offense that totaled a season-high 478 yards (209 rushing, 269 passing) at UNLV helped pave the way for the Gophers to rush for a season-high 240 yards against New Hampshire part of a protection unit that allowed Minnesota to pass for 246 yards and three touchdowns vs. Purdue protected for a Minnesota offense that rushed for 231 yards at Illinois.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Saw action as a reserve in six games. Game-by-Game: Played at USC saw action vs. Nebraska and made an appearance against Iowa saw action against Wisconsin and played as a reserve along the offensive line at Northwestern appeared against Illinois.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON: Did not see any game action.
2009: Redshirted walk-on.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention all-state selection in 2008 named third-team all-metro and first-team All-Suburban East Conference helped lead Cretin-Derham Hall to a 25-2 record during his final two seasons led Raiders to a Class 5A state semifinal berth in 2008 and a runner-up finish in 2007 team captain as a senior registered 110 pancake blocks in 2008 ranked as the No. 8 center in the nation by ESPN.com coached by Mike Scanlan.
PERSONAL: Son of Lisa and Chris Mottla born Sept. 28, 1990 working on his postgraduate degree.
2017 Spring Preview: Defensive Backs
Minnesota has 12 defensive backs on its spring roster and is led by safeties Adekunle Ayinde, Duke McGhee and Antoine Winfield.
Coach Linguist Mic'd Up
Hear from Gopher Football secondary coach Maurice Linguist as he's "mic'd up" during a spring 2017 football practice!
2017 Spring Preview: Running Backs
Minnesota's run game is expected to be led by Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, who will be juniors in the fall.