Mitch Leidner named Team MVP, Eric Murray collects defensive honors
Ten Gophers Awarded by Big Ten Conference
Senior has played in 50 games and has 183 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and 23 pass breakups
Senior defensive back wrestled one year in high school to help him fine tune his football skills
David Cobb and Chris Streveler each rushed for over 150 yards as Minnesota beat San Jose State, 24-7.
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Minnesota beat Penn State, 24-10, for its fourth straight victory.
2015 • SENIOR SEASON: Played and started in all 13 games in the secondary • made 66 tackles (47 solo), including 4.0 tackles-for-loss • added a sack for a loss of seven yards • broke up a team-high seven passes • recorded an inteception and fumble recovery • touted a team-best three forced fumbles • tabbed All-Big Ten Third Team by the conference coaches and media • received Carl Eller Award (team's top defensive player) and was named the team's Defensive Back of the Year. Game-by-Game: Tallied eight tackles, forced a fumble and added one interception (returned five yards) against TCU • registered four tackles and broke up a pass at Colorado State • made two solo tackles, including one that was five yards behind the line of scrimmage, versus Kent State • notched two solo tackles against Ohio • recorded seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, and forced a fumble at Northwestern • tallied three tackles and added two pass breakups at Purdue • registered six solo stops versus Nebraska • notched six tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a sack for a seven-yard loss against Michigan • tallied four tackles and broke up a pass at Ohio State • registered six tackles, including .5 tackle-for-loss, and added a pass breakup at Iowa • totaled nine tackles (three solo) versus Illinois • notched seven tackles (four solo), including .5 tackle-for-loss, against Wisconsin • recorded a pair of tackles and broke up a pass versus Central Michigan.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games • fourth on the team with 69 tackles • tied for second with seven pass breakups • recorded one interception and recovered one fumble • blocked two kicks • named to the coaches' All-Big Ten Second Team and received All-Big Ten honorable mention from the media. Game-by-Game: Blocked his first career punt (was returned by Logan Hutton for a 2-yard touchdown) and made three tackles against Eastern Illinois • made seven tackles against Middle Tennessee • registered three tackles at TCU • tallied three tackles against San Jose State and recorded his first career interception against San Jose State • made six tackles at Michigan • notched seven tackles and broke up three passes against Northwestern • made five tackles against Purdue • tallied four tackles at Illinois • blocked a punt, broke up one pass and made four tackles (1.0 tackle-for-loss) against Iowa • recorded five solo tackles against Ohio State • tallied seven tackles and two pass breakups at Nebraska • made eight tackles and recovered a fumble at Wisconsin • made seven tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against Missouri.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started all 13 games • finished seventh on the team with 52 tackles • recorded 10 pass breakups, which ranked tied for 11th all-time in team history • recovered one fumble and notched one tackle-for-loss • named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Game-by-Game: Made his first career start at cornerback against UNLV where he broke up four passes and recorded five tackles • recorded two solo tackles at New Mexico State • notched one tackle against Western Illinois • broke up one pass and made five tackles against San Jose State • made two solo tackles and broke up one pass against Iowa • recorded two solo tackles at Michigan • registered three solo tackles and one pass breakup at Northwestern • notched four solo tackles against Nebraska • broke up one pass and made five tackles at Indiana • led team with nine tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, and recovered one fumble against Penn State • had six tackles and broke up one pass against Wisconsin • totaled four tackles and broke up one pass at Michigan State • registered four tackles against Syracuse.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams. Game-by-Game: Made Minnesota and collegiate debut at UNLV and recorded one tackle on special teams • played against Western Michigan and made one tackle on special teams • saw action against Syracuse and made one tackle on special teams • made one tackle on special teams vs. Northwestern • saw action at Wisconsin and made one solo stop.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Riverside University High School • helped the Tigers to an 11-2 mark in 2011 • team was undefeated (6-0) in league play and also won the city championship • named first-team all-state as a defensive back by both the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and the AP • named all-southeast region by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association • played running back and cornerback • recorded three interceptions as a senior • rushed for 444 yards and six touchdowns, while tallying 434 receiving yards with five scores • scored 27 total touchdowns in high school • coached by Patrick Wagner.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 7, 1994 • son of Lela Peavy.
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