Kicker Chris Hawthrone held down the front for the Gophers the past few seasons, but has graduated and now redshirt freshmen kickers Ryan Santoso and Andrew Harte will look to earn that starting role this fall.
However, Minnesota is trying to lock down the special teams department early by offering Woodbury (MN.) East Ridge sophomore kicker Grant Ryerse. He talks about landing his first offer from his stellar performance at Minnesota's camp and have the news come from the head man himself Jerry Kill.
"Coach Kill let me know during camp and I was excited and very surprised," Ryerse told GopherDigest. "I greatly respect the coaches and especially the direction the program is going. I'm going to keep an open mind because I'm only going into my sophomore year."
The 6-2, 200-pound kicker has been getting around this summer by attending specialists camps at Alabama, Oregon and Stanford. That is something that's nothing new for him, who moved already in his lifetime.
"I have heard from the schools I've visited in early June and in addition I have talked to 3 other schools who's camps I didn't make it to," said Ryerse. "I was born and grew up in Washington, but became a Gopher fan when I moved here."