Kim Royston
Kim  Royston


Minneapolis, Minn.

Last College:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 200

Defensive Back


Bunders, Royston Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten

Two Gophers honored by league coaches, media


Golden Gophers Honored at Season-Ending Banquet

Junior quarterback MarQueis Gray honored as team MVP.


Minnesota-Illinois Postgame Quotes

Minnesota-Illinois Postgame Quotes


Minnesota-Illinois Postgame Quotes

Minnesota-Illinois Postgame Quotes


Coach Kill Press Conference Transcript - 11.22.11

Coach Kill addressed the Twin Cities media Tuesday afternoon


FB vs Wisconsin 11.12.11

FB vs Wisconsin

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Transferred from Wisconsin prior to the 2008 season • sat out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules • tallied 86 tackles in first season as a Gopher in 2009 • was a highly-touted member of the 2006 recruiting class • suffered a broken leg late in 2010 spring practice, missed 2010 season and was granted a medical hardship waiver for a sixth year of eligibility.

Started at safety in all 12 games • earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors from both the media and coaches • was named winner of Carl Eller Award as team's outstanding defensive player • also earned Minnesota's defensive back of the year honor • led team and ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 16 in the nation with 123 tackles (71 solo, 52 assisted) • had 3.5 tackles for a loss with one sack • grabbed one interception • had two pass break-ups • earned second varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: Tallied 10 tackles (seven solo, three assists) in season opener at USC (9/3) • second on team with 10 tackles (seven solo, three assists) in 2011 home opener versus New Mexico State (9/10) • led Gophers with 10 tackles (eight solo, two assists) and broke-up final pass play in the 29-23 victory over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) • recorded team-high 11 tackles (four solo, seven assists) and half a tackle for a loss in loss to North Dakota State (9/24) • tallied five tackles (four solo, one assist) in Big Ten opener at Michigan (10/1) • garnered five tackles (four solo, one assist) in loss at Purdue (10/8) • second on the team with 10 tackles (four solo, six assists) on Homecoming vs. Nebraska (10/22) • led the team with 16 tackles (eight solo, eight assists) and recovered Gophers' onside kick attempt in fourth quarter in 22-21 victory over Iowa (10/29) • seven stops (five solo, two assists) in 31-24 loss at Michigan State (11/5) • nine tackles (four solo, five assists) with one tackle for loss vs. Wisconsin (11/12) • set a career-high with team-leading 17 tackles (eight solo, nine assists, 1 TFL) while also intercepting one pass in 28-13 loss at Northwestern (11/19) • led team with 13 tackles (eight solo, five assists), including a sack on the final defensive play on Senior Day against Illinois in 27-7 victory (11/26) • named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Illini.

Missed entire season after breaking leg in spring practice • received medical hardship waiver, restoring his final season of eligibility.

Started every game in his first season of eligibility, after transferring from Wisconsin • finished the season with 86 total tackles, after making a game-high 15 stops during the Insight Bowl • his total number of tackles was third-best on the team • his 53 solo stops were fourth on the team tallied 11 tackles against his former Wisconsin teammates • finished the season with four double-digit tackle performances • made at least two tackles in each game • earned first varsity letter.

Game-by-Game: Made first career start as a Golden Gopher in the season opening 23-20 OT win over Syracuse on 9/5 • collected two tackles on 9/5 • started in the 20-13 win over Air Force on 9/12 and finished with eight tackles, including seven solo stops • finished with two tackles and one of the Gophers' three pass break-ups vs. No. 8 Cal on 9/19 • tallied three solo tackles and five total tackles as well as Minnesota's only interception of the game against Northwestern • the INT vs. the Wildcats was the first of his Gopher career • in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin on 10/3, tallied 11 total tackles, including five solo stops • 11 stops against Wisconsin were the second-best mark on the team • tallied two total tackles and one pass break-up in the 35-20 win over Purdue • in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State on 10/17 tallied 11 tackles, which was second best on the team • notched five solo stops and 0.5 tackle for a loss against Penn State • in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State on 10/24 tallied five total tackles, including two solos, as well as one pass break-up • in the 42-34 win over Michigan State on 10/31 tallied two total tackles and one pass break-up • led the Gophers in tackles with nine solos on his way to 11 total stops against Illinois on 11/7 • in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State on 11/14, tied for the team lead with six total tackles, three of them solo • in the 12-0 loss to Iowa on 11/21, finished with six total tackles, including 1.0 sack for a 16-yard loss • had a career-best 15 tackles, including a career-high 14 unassisted tackles, in the Insight Bowl loss to Iowa State on 12/31 • also forced a fumble vs. the Cyclones.

Practiced with team but could not compete due to NCAA transfer regulations • named outstanding defensive scout team player.

2006-07 • WISCONSIN:
2007 (Sophomore): Played in 12 of 13 games, missing Oct. 6 date vs. Illinois due to injury • saw action as extra defensive back in passing situations and on special teams • tallied 14 total tackles and forced one fumble • recorded a season-high four tackles vs. Penn State on Oct. 13 • 2006 (Freshman): Played in 12 games on special teams and saw limited action in defensive secondary • first career interception came against Minnesota on Oct. 14 • recorded season-high four tackles vs. Western Illinois on Sept. 9.

Prepped at local power Cretin-Derham Hall • named all-region by PrepStar • first-team all-state selection as a senior • three-tiem all-conference selection • played defensive back and wide receiver • registered 71 tackles and four interceptions as a senior • hauled in 41 receptions and scored 15 touchdowns in 2005 • tallied 60 tackles and picked off three passes in 2004 as a junior in his first season as a defensive back • also lettered in basketball and track and field • helped Cretin-Derham Hall to a 10-3 mark as senior and a berth in the Minnesota Class 5A state title game • helped lead CDH to a 9-4 mark as a junior • was ranked as the No. 5 player in the state of Minnesota coming out of St. Paul's Cretin-Derham Hall • played in 24 games during two seasons at Wisconsin • was ranked among the top 45 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep after his high school career • rated as one of the top 45 cornerbacks in the nation by scout.com and rivals.com coming out of high school • coached by Mike Scanlan.

Born June 23, 1987 • son of Chris and Ladonna Royston • father played football at North Dakota State • communications studies major.


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