CAREER NOTES: 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.
2011 SENIOR SEASON: 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.
2010: Missed entire season after breaking leg in spring practice received medical hardship waiver, restoring his final season of eligibility.
2009 JUNIOR SEASON: 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.
2008: 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.
HIGH SCHOOL: 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.
PERSONAL: Born June 23, 1987 son of Chris and Ladonna Royston father played football at North Dakota State communications studies major.