Minnesota has had eight players drafted in the last three years after having zero picks from 2011-13
Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
Kirkwood rushes for 99 yards, two touchdowns in win
Football vs Northwestern 10.11.14
Photos from Gopher Football vs. the Michigan Wolverines on Nov. 3, 2012 at TCF Bank Stadium.
Photos from the Gopher Football game vs. Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (10/27/12)
Photos from the Gopher football game at Wisconsin, Oct. 20, 2012
Game photos from Minnesota's game against Western Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 15, 2012.
2014 SENIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games at safety second on the team with 83 tackles made 3.5 tackles-for-loss intercepted two pases, forced two fumbles and broke up two passes Minnesota's Big Ten sportsmanship honoree Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Broke up one pass and made two tackles against Eastern Illinois notched three tackles against Middle Tennessee and four tackles at TCU tallied six tackles against San Jose State made four tackles at Michigan and nine against Northwestern intercepted two passes to start and end the game against Purdue: returned a pick 27 yards on the Boilermakers' first offensive play, and picked off another on their last offensive play also made six tackles against Purdue and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 20) notched eight tackles at Illinois recorded a team-high nine tackles (five solo) and forced a fumble against Iowa led the Gophers with 10 tackles (six solo), including one for a loss, against Ohio State made four tackles and forced a fumble at Nebraska recorded a season-high 12 tackles (nine solo) at Wisconsin, including 2.0 for a loss made six tackles (.5 tackle-for-loss) and broke up one pass against Missouri.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started 11 at safety led team in tackles with 79 and tied for team lead in solo tackles with 52 notched two tackles-for-loss and made one interception forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles received the school's Richard "Pinky" McNamara Student-Athlete Achievement Award (given to an individual who has inspired all by making an extraordinary effort to succeed despite difficult circumstances, persevering during a time of tremendous adversity and/or overcoming a great challenge) and was one of five NCAA student-athletes to receive the Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award (honors student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics). Game-by-Game: Made six tackles against UNLV recorded five tackles at New Mexico State missed the Western Illinois game with an injury made three tackles and recorded an interception against San Jose State tied for the team lead in solo tackles (6) and tackles (10) against Iowa recorded seven tackles at Michigan and two tackles at Northwestern led team with six tackles against Nebraska and also recovered one fumble paced team with nine tackles at Indiana and also had a tackle-for-loss made three tackles against Penn State and had nine tackles and forced one fumble against Wisconsin totaled five tackles at Michigan State led team with 14 tackles and also recovered one tackle against Syracuse.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started eight at safety made 43 tackles and recorded two interceptions named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut at UNLV and had two tackles and a pass breakup made four tackles against New Hampshire and two tackles against Western Michigan recorded his first career interception against Syracuse and also made two tackles interception against Syracuse came on the first play of the game totaled five tackles at Iowa recorded two tackles vs. Northwestern made two tackles and had one pass breakup at Wisconsin made five tackles vs. Purdue had five tackles and recorded his second career interception vs. Michigan contributed on three tackles at Illinois saw action at Nebraska made four tackles vs. Michigan State recorded seven tackles vs. Texas Tech.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in seven games recorded 16 tackles (10 solo). Game-by-Game: Played his first career game at Purdue and recorded six tackles tallied five tackles vs. Nebraska notched two tackles in 22-21 victory against Iowa appeared at Michigan State had two assisted tackles versus Wisconsin and played at Northwestern recorded a solo tackle in 27-7 win against Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Calipatria High School rushed for 1,808 yards and 27 touchdowns on just 157 carries during his senior season earned first-team All-Pacific League honors on offense following his senior campaign also recorded 41 tackles, with 34 solo stops, three sacks and four interceptions from his defensive back position in 2010 rushed for 1,446 yards with 14 scores as a junior, while also making 45 tackles and two interceptions coached by David Shaw.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 10, 1993 son of Cedric Thompson and Flossie Bradford brother, Tedric, is a sophomore defensive back at Colorado.
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Elite Access: Gophers Visit Children's Hospital
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