Defensive tackle will showcase his skills at the Tropical Bowl in Florida on Jan. 14
Five Gophers on defense and special teams recognized by the conference
Senior defensive tackle named to watch lists for Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Steven Richardson and Rodney Smith were named to two separate preseason watch lists today
Carpenter named first team, while Richardson, Santoso and Smith receive second-team honors
The latest episode of Brick by Brick takes you behind the scenes in Michigan.
Football vs Iowa 11.08.14
2017 • SENIOR SEASON: Started all 12 games • recorded 23 tackles, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble • won the Defensive Trench Award • All-Big Ten Honorable Mention • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Started against Buffalo • made one tackle against Oregon State • saw action against Middle Tennessee • notched four tackles including one for a loss of one yard against Maryland • recorded two tackles against Purdue • forced one fumble and made three tackles including one for a loss against Michigan State • recovered a fumble against Illinois • notched three tackles against Iowa • competed against Michigan • registered four tackles against Nebraska • tallied three tackles against Northwestern • notched two tackles including one for a loss against Wisconsin.
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games and started 11 • recorded 31 tackles, led team with 11 tackles for loss and added seven sacks • Academic All-Big Ten • All-Big Ten Third Team. Game-by-Game: Recorded three tackles, one sack and recovered one fumble • notched three tackles against Indiana State • made four tackles, including four for a loss and one sack against Colorado State • made one tackle at Penn State • registered three tackles against Iowa • recorded one tackle at Maryland • tallied four tackles and a sack against Rutgers • competed at Illinois • forced one fumble and made two sacks against Purdue • made three tackles at Nebraska • forced one fumble and had two sacks against Northwestern • made one tackle at Wisconsin and made one tackle against Washington State.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 10 games and started nine • missed three games due to injury • made 26 tackles, including 8.0 tackles-for-loss (second on team) • finished second on team with 3.5 sacks for a loss of nine yards • broke up two passes and added a quarterback hurry • forced and recovered a fumble • named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference coaches • Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Tallied one tackle, including .5 sack, against TCU • registered a career-high seven tackles with three coming behind the line of scrimmage, forced and recovered a fumble, broke up a pass and added a sack at Colorado State • made two tackles versus Kent State • totaled four tackles, including a sack, and added a pass breakup against Ohio • recorded four tackles at Northwestern • tallied four tackles, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack at Purdue • registered a solo stop versus Nebraska • notched three tackles with one coming behind the line of scrimmage against Michigan • started versus Illinois, but did not record any statistics • competed against Central Michigan, but did not record a statistic.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Started 12 of 13 games played • made 23 tackles • notched 6.0 tackles-for-loss, including 2.0 sacks, and forced one fumble • named the Gophers' Defensive Freshman of the Year. Game-by-Game: Recorded three tackles and .5 sack in his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois • made two tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against Middle Tennessee • started at TCU and made one tackle • tallied two tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against San Jose State • recorded one tackle-for-loss at Michigan • notched two tackles, including .5 sack, against Northwestern • made one tackle against Purdue • tallied four tackles at Illinois • made 1.5 tackles-for-loss (one sack) and forced a fumble against Iowa • made one tackle against Ohio State • assisted on one tackle at Nebraska • notched one tackle at Wisconsin • made two tackles against Missouri, including .5 tackle-for-loss.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago • won back-to-back state titles, starting with the Class 8A championship in 2012 • the Caravan posted a 13-1 record en route to the 2013 Class 7A state title • tallied two sacks during the championship game, and helped Mount Carmel's defense hold its opponent to 71 yards of offense • anchored a defense that notched six shutouts and allowed more than 10 points in only four games • made 64 tackles as a senior, which included 34 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks • forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble • coached by Frank Lenti • lettered in track and field • ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout, while ESPN gave him two stars • Rivals listed him as the No. 37 player in Illinois, while 247Sports had him at No. 46 and ESPN had him at No. 57 • Scout ranked him as the No. 63 defensive tackle in the nation, while 247Sports had him at No. 89.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 28, 1996 • son of Steven and Valerie Richardson • has two brothers (Alex and Jordan) and one sister (Lauren).
Minnesota Minute: Winter Olympics
2/15/2018 - Football
We asked the Gophers what sport they would compete in at the Winter Olympics if they could.
Black History Month: Tommy Watson
2/15/2018 - Football
In honor of Black History Month, Gopher Athletics is celebrating those who made us great.
P.J. Fleck Talks New Football Facilities
2/14/2018 - Football
P.J. Fleck discusses the University of MInnesota's newly-opened Athletes Village, including the Larson Football Performance Center.