Gophers return just four receivers who caught a pass in 2016
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School • played in nine games at quarterback, defensive back and return specialist and led the Hawks to a 6-3 record • completed 45 passes for 802 yards and 11 touchdowns • rushed 66 times for 426 yards and six scores, while adding a catch for 43 yards • guided an offense that racked up 345 points (38.3 points per game) on the year • tallied six tackles on defense • named Associated Press Second Team All-State as an all-purpose contributor • made the transition from receiver to quarterback before junior season • coached by former Minnesota Vikings player Willie Howard • also lettered in baseball, basketball and track • Ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports • ESPN ranked him as the No. 4 prospect in the state, while Rivals had him at No. 5 and 247Sports listed him at No. 8 in Minnesota • ESPN ranked him as the No. 1 athlete in Minnesota and No. 55 overall at his position, while Rivals had him at No. 3 in the state and the No. 56 athlete in the nation • 247Sports tabbed him as the No. 4 athlete in Minnesota and No. 60 athlete in the country • Scout had him as the No. 1 wide receiver in the state, No. 8 pass catcher in the Midwest and No. 66 overall at his position.
PERSONAL: Born December 30, 1997 • son of Phillip Howard and Latonya Criss • has one brother (Cortez) and two sisters (Arianna and Jasmine).
Elite Access: Beach Workout
Go behind the scenes at Gopher Football's first beach workout of the season on the shores of Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis in June of 2017!
Wolitarsky Winnipeg Bound
Former Minnesota receiver Drew Wolitarsky was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL supplemental draft.
Elite Access: Football Etiquette Dinner
The Gopher Football team participated in an etiquette dinner at TCF Bank Stadium in mid-June 2017 to learn about proper dinner etiquette and much more.