Minnesota has had eight players drafted in the last three years after having zero picks from 2011-13
Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell and defensive backs Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray were invited to the NFL Combine.
Mitch Leidner's 22-yard touchdown pass with 1:34 to play cut the TCU lead.
Hannah Brandt, Jessica Flakne, Mathieu Froment, Michael Kroells, Lindsay Mable and Jessica Plant were named to this year's Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team.
David Cobb runs for 68 yards in 20-7 loss.
Minnesota beat Iowa, 51-14, to bring Floyd of Rosedale home.
The Golden Gophers rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Purdue.
The latest episode of Brick by Brick takes you behind the scenes in Michigan.
Minnesota defeated Michigan, 30-14, to claim the Little Brown Jug.
The Gophers improved to 2-0 with a 35-24 win over Middle Tennessee State.
Football vs Iowa 11.08.14
Football vs Northwestern 10.11.14
Football vs Eastern Illinois 08.28.14
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (USATSI)
CAREER: Declared for the 2015 NFL Draft after his redshirt sophomore season played in 25 career games made 61 receptions (seventh all-time in program history for a tight end) for 986 yards (third all-time in program history for a tight end) and 13 touchdowns (tenth in school history for any player) averaged 16.2 yards-per-catch scored five touchdowns as a freshman and eight as a sophomore eight receiving touchdowns are a single-season record for a Minnesota tight end and the most ever for a Gopher sophomore named the 2014 Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year as a sophomore and was voted All-Big Ten First Team by the coaches and media named a 2014 Mackey Award Finalist as a sophomore, becoming only the third sophomore ever to be a finalist named 2014 First Team Capital One Academic All-American as a sophomore (Minnesota's first Academic All-America First Team selection since Justin Conzemius in 1994) named 2014 First Team All-American by Sporting News, by the Football Writers Association of America and by Phil Steele named 2014 Second Team All-American by Associated Press, Walter Camp and CBS Sports named 2014 Third Team All-American by Athlon Sports received 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Tight End Trophy.
2014 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 12 games and started 10 led team in receptions (36), yards (569), receiving touchdowns (8) and was fourth in yards-per-reception (15.8) his 569 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns are a single-season record for a Minnesota tight end his eight receiving touchdowns are most ever by a Gopher sophomore twenty eight of his 36 catches resulted in either a touchdown or first down named the Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year as a sophomore and was voted All-Big Ten First Team by the coaches and media named a Mackey Award Finalist as a sophomore, becoming only the third sophomore ever to be a finalist named team's Tight End / Fullback of the Year named First Team Capital One Academic All-American as a sophomore (Minnesota's first Academic All-America First Team selection since Justin Conzemius in 1994) Academic All-Big Ten named First Team All-American by Sporting News, by the Football Writers Association of America and by Phil Steele named Second Team All-American by Associated Press, Walter Camp and CBS Sports named Third Team All-American by Athlon Sports received 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Tight End Trophy. Game-by-Game: Caught two passes for 57 yards against Eastern Illinois caught one pass, a 27-yard touchdown, against Middle Tennessee hauled in three passes for 26 yards, which included a 12-yard touchdown from Chris Streveler missed the San Jose State game with an injury caught four passes for 51 yards and one touchdown at Michigan as he was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week had two receptions for 64 yards, including a career-long 52-yard catch, against Northwestern made three catches for 22 yards and one touchdown against Purdue caught two passes for 33 yards at Illinois caught five passes - including a career-high three touchdowns - for 46 yards against Iowa became the 12th Gopher ever to catch three touchdown passes in one game became the first tight end to catch three touchdowns since Ben Utecht did at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2002 and the first to do so in a Big Ten game since Jay Carroll against Ohio State in 1981 made three catches for 47 yards against Ohio State caught three passes for 45 yards at Nebraska hauled in one pass for 53 yards at Wisconsin recorded career highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (98) and scored one touchdown against Missouri.
2013 FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 13 games and started seven led team in receiving yards (417) and tied for the team lead in receptions (25) and receiving touchdowns (5) lone rush came on a fake punt where he picked up 7 yards and a first down returned two kickoffs for 29 yards finished third on the team in all-purpose yards with 453 (7 rushing, 417 receiving, 29 kick return) shared Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year honors with Donovahn Jones named to Athlon's Freshman All-America Third Team named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Started and made his collegiate debut against UNLV first career catch was a 10-yard touchdown against the Rebels also returned a kickoff 14 yards against UNLV made two catches for 37 yards at New Mexico State caught two passes for 52 yards (longest was 33 yards) against Western Illinois played against San Jose State, but did not record any statistics started against Iowa, but did not record any statistics made five catches for 54 yards and one touchdown at Michigan competed at Northwestern, but did not record any statistics caught one pass for 20 yards against Nebraska caught four passes, including a game-winning 50-yard touchdown, for 78 yards at Indiana hauled in two passes for 48 yards and scored one touchdown against Penn State had 31 receiving yards on two catches against Wisconsin picked up a first down after rushing for 7 yards on a fake punt at Michigan State and also caught one pass for 11 yards had five catches for 76 yards and one touchdown against Syracuse.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Waconia High School Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 7 player in Minnesota, while Scout.com ranked as the No. 48 tight end in the nation played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl as a punter, but also saw action at tight end, catching a touchdown pass during the game earned All-State honors from the AP and Minnesota Vikings third-team All-Metro by the Star-Tribune as a senior earned All-Metro honors from KARE-11 as a punter in 2010 passed for 784 yards and eight touchdowns as a quarterback in 2011, while rushing 120 times for 902 yards and 13 scores recorded 80 tackles and two interceptions as a senior coached by Pat Foley.
PERSONAL: Born April 12, 1994 son of Brian and Rochele Williams Brian, who lettered at Minnesota from 1986-88, was drafted by and played for the NFL's New York Giants from 1989-99 grandfather Robert played quarterback at Notre Dame and was drafted by Chicago in 1959 Rochelle played volleyball at the University of Minnesota from 1984-87 and received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1988 uncle Ron played football for the Gophers and played two seasons of professional football for Barcelona in the World League of American Football.
Player Profile: Rodney Smith
5/23/2018 - Football
Rodney Smith will go down in Minnesota history as one of the program’s most elite running backs and has a chance this season to set a new standard for all-purpose yards by a Gopher.
Virtual Tour: Larson Football Performance Center
5/10/2018 - Football
Take a virtual tour of the new home of Minnesota Golden Gopher Football, the David & Janis Larson Performance Center!
Mini-Plans Announced For 2018 Season
5/9/2018 - Football
It was announced today that Mini Plans for the 2018 season will go on sale to the public on May 15.