July 10, 2014
Mitch Leidner, David Cobb and Cedric Thompson will join head coach Jerry Kill in representing the Golden Gophers at Big Ten Football Media Days and the 43rd Annual Kickoff Luncheon. The events will take place Monday, July 28-Tuesday, July 29 at the Hilton Chicago.
Leidner, the only Big Ten sophomore attending, played in 10 games, including four starts at quarterback last season. He tied for the team lead with seven touchdowns, which tied him for fifth-most all-time by a Gopher quarterback, and added three touchdown passes. Leidner was second on the team with 407 rushing yards, and passed for 619 yards. He enters the season as the only quarterback on Minnesota's roster with collegiate game experience.
Cobb, a senior running back, rushed for a team-high 1,202 yards last year. He became the first Gopher to surpass 1,000 yards since Amir Pinnix in 2006, and his season total ranked 12th in program history and 27th in the nation in 2013. Cobb's seven touchdowns tied Leidner for the team lead. He tallied six 100-yard rushing games. He received the Bruce Smith Award as the team's most outstanding offensive player.
Thompson is a senior veteran of the Gophers' defensive backfield. He started 11 games last year at safety and played in all 13, leading the team with 79 tackles. Thompson's 52 solo tackles also tied for the team lead. He made two tackles-for-loss and one interception. In the offseason, Thompson was one of five recipients of the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award which honors NCAA student-athletes who have overcome significant odds to achieve academic success while participating in athletics.
Kill and trio of Gophers will participate in media activities both July 28 and 29, concluding with opportunities for fan interaction and the luncheon on Tuesday. For more details and the full list of student-athletes scheduled to attend, read the Big Ten release here.
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