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
The Gopher football team fell in the Texas Bowl, 21-17, against Syracuse.
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.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started 11 of them 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, preserving 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 season 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 a career high in tackles vs. Texas Tech with seven.
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: Son of Cedric Thompson and Flossie Bradford born February 10, 1993.