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Gophers CB signee Coney Durr wants to be the next Honey Badger at Minnesota

Geismar (La.) defensive back and new Gopher signee Coney Durr is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2016 class and he went in-depth with GopherDigest.com to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota.

GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at this summer?

CD: 5'11", 185 lbs. I'll be about the same when I report this summer, probably will be around 190 then. 

GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

CD: Individual goal is to start as a true freshman and be all Big-Ten and a freshman All-American. My team goal is to win a Big Ten championship and a New Years Day bowl bid. 

GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

CD: My strength, speed, footwork and ball skills. 

GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?

CD: Graduating from the University of Minnesota as it'll be an honor to have a college degree.

GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

CD: The football tradition there and the school. With academics, it's all about how it could benefit my future with the different business internship opportunities with Fortune 500 companies. 

GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

CD: Iowa just because of the huge rivalry. 

GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

CD: All set.

GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

CD: A marketing manager of a Fortune 500 company. 

GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

CD: Just the history of playing in a very good secondary. 

GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

CD: The amount of opportunites that Minnesota offers you on and off the field. 

GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

CD: Corner and nickle back and I'm cool with that.  

GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

CD: My versatility as I'll be blitzing off the edge, man to man in the slot and on an island on the outside. 

GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

CD: We have a group message and talk often. 

GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

CD: Tyrann Mathieu because I have a knack for making plays in critical moments, and I've modeled my game from him since I was watching him at LSU. 


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