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
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.
Meet The Newcomers: Thomas Barber
This season, there is another Barber on campus, as freshman linebacker Thomas Barber will don the Maroon and Gold in the fall.
Meet The Newcomers: Vincent Calhoun
Get to know newcomer Vincent Calhoun whose favorite NFL player is Michael Oher. The two have more similarities than just their position.
Brooks Named Doak Walker Award Candidate
University of Minnesota sophomore Shannon Brooks is on the Doak Walker Award's preseason candidates list.