OVERVIEW: Sat out the 2017 season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules • granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and has two years of eligibility (2018-19 and 2019-20) remaining at Minnesota.
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Spent three years at Alabama, which included a redshirted season in 2014 • notched one tackle against ULM as a redshirt freshman and one tackle against Western Kentucky as a sophomore.
HIGH SCHOOL: Took part in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game • a four-star recruit by ESPN • was the No. 18 defensive tackle in his class by ESPN, No. 33 by Scout, No. 34 by 247Sports • earned honorable mention 5A all-state honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as a senior at Airline High School in 2012 and 2013 • earned team defensive MVP and All-Metro accolades as a junior • recorded 66 tackles including 26 for a loss and two sacks in his junior season • coached by Bo Meeks.
Six Gophers Receive Athlon Recognition
5/24/2018 - Football
Athlon Sports has named six Gophers to its Big Ten Football 2018 All-Conference Team. This preseason announcement is a prediction by the magazine on how players will perform in 2018.
Player Profile: Rodney Smith
5/23/2018 - Football
Rodney Smith will go down in Minnesota history as one of the program’s most elite running backs and has a chance this season to set a new standard for all-purpose yards by a Gopher.
Virtual Tour: Larson Football Performance Center
5/10/2018 - Football
Take a virtual tour of the new home of Minnesota Golden Gopher Football, the David & Janis Larson Performance Center!