Gophers return just four receivers who caught a pass in 2016
Gophers return a lot of talent at receiver, but must replace record-setting senior KJ Maye
A mixture of experience and youth should benefit Minnesota's passing game this season
Big plays headline final open practice for Minnesota
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 10 games and made 18 catches for 349 yards • rushed one time for eight yards and returned an onside kick attempt for 30 yards. Game-by-Game: Started against Oregon State and caught one pass for six yards • missed the Indiana State, Colorado State and Penn State games with an injury • returned to action against Iowa and caught two passes for 36 yards • hauled in a 26-yard reception at Maryland and rushed one time for eight yards against Rutgers • made one catch for 11 yards at Illinois • caught four balls for 87 yards against Purdue and two passes for 16 yards at Nebraska • made two catches for 81 yards against Northwestern and returned an onside kick for 30 yards (his 111 all-purpose yards led the team) • caught three passes for 48 yards at Wisconsin • recorded two catches for 38 yards against Washington State.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 12 games • caught 18 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate debut against TCU and caught three passes for 14 yards • competed at Colorado State • made two catches for 26 yards against Kent State • had one catch for 24 yards against Ohio • saw action at Purdue and against Nebraska • caught two passes for 69 yards against Michigan, which included a 52-yard reception from Mitch Leidner that resulted in his first-career touchdown • made six catches for 41 yards and one touchdown at Ohio State • caught one pass for six yards at Iowa • made two catches for six yards against Illinois, which included a 1-yard touchdown with five seconds left in the first half • caught one pass for eight yards against Wisconsin • competed against Central Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Andress High School • started playing football during his junior year and ended his career with 77 catches for 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns • helped lead team to 10-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark in district action as a senior • played in 12 games and caught 49 passes for 704 yards and 11 touchdowns • also rushed for one touchdown • made 23 tackles on defense, including 3.0 sacks • broke up one pass and caused one fumble • played in 11 games as a junior and caught 28 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns • also rushed for one touchdown • made seven tackles on defense and recovered one fumble • coached by Patrick Brown • also lettered in track and basketball • was an all-state performer in basketball • received a three-star ranking from ESPN and two stars from Rivals, 247Sports and Scout • ESPN lists him as the No. 62 wide receiver in the nation, while 247Sports tabs him as the No. 263 receiver and the 324th-best prospect in Texas.
PERSONAL: Born July 6, 1997 • son of Sheila Pippen • has one brother (Maliik).
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.