Minnesota has passed for 68 touchdowns since 2011 and 29 of those passes were caught by a tight end
One senior and eight underclassmen highlight group of tight ends, while two veterans form fullback pairing
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Made one catch for five yards against Oregon State • saw action against Indiana State, Colorado State, at Penn State and against Iowa • competed against Rutgers and against Northwestern.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in eight games and started one • saw action on offense and on special teams • caught nine passes for 84 yards. Game-by-Game: Made his season debut at Colorado State and caught his first career pass, a 14-yard gain that came on Minnesota's final scoring drive in regulation • made his first career start against Kent State, but did not record any statistics • caught two passes for 13 yards against Ohio, with both catches coming on Minnesota's game-winning 78-yard drive in the closing minutes of the game • made two receptions for nine yards at Northwestern • caught one pass for three yards at Purdue • saw action on special teams against Nebraska • played on offense and on special teams against Nebraska • caught three passes for 45 yards against Wisconsin.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Competed in 11 games, playing on special teams. Game-by-Game: Played at home against Eastern Illinois, Middle Tennessee, San Jose State, Purdue, Iowa and Ohio State • saw road action at Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin • played against Missouri.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Prior Lake High School • 2012 All-State Honorable Mention selection • named to KARE 11's All-Metro Team • part of section championship teams in 2011 and 2012 • caught 22 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, including a 93 yard touchdown • earned All-South Suburban Conference honors in both football and basketball in 2012 • coached by Matt Gegenheimer.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 3, 1994 • son of Pat and Nancy Hart • Pat played football for the Gophers (1984-88), while Nancy was a swimmer for the Maroon and Gold (1984-88) • has two brothers.
Gophers Headed To Holiday Bowl
Minnesota will play Washington State in the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, in San Diego, Calif. The 6 p.m. CT game will be played at Qualcomm Stadium and broadcast on ESPN.
Carpenter Represents Gophers at B1G Championship
Emmit Carpenter represented the Minnesota Gophers at the Big Ten championship game as he was honored for winning Big Ten Kicker of the Year.
Celestin, Lingen, Smith Named 2017 Captains
Tight end Brandon Lingen, linebacker Jonathan Celestin and running back Rodney Smith with captain the Gophers in 2017.