Minnesota LB signee Carter Coughlin wants to be the best Gopher linebacker to ever play the game

Eden Prairie (Minn.) linebacker and new Gopher signee Carter Coughlin 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?

CC: I am currently 6’4, 220lbs. The coaches said they love where I’m at right now, and that I will put more weight on when I get there. I am hoping to go in at about 225-230ish without sacrificing any speed or ability to move.

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

CC: Individually, I want to be the best linebacker to ever play at Minnesota. I also want to be known as one of the most determined and hardest workers on the team. As a team, I want to win a Big Ten championship followed with a shot at the national championship 

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

CC: Definitely the mental perspective of the position. I am going to diligently learn the assignments, so that I don’t have to spend time processing on the field. This will be essential due to my current shoulder situation, so I want to do everything I can. Luckily I am able to work lower body so I will be ready to go!

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

CC: Living my dream running out of the tunnel on September 1st. That gets my so psyched, but I also can’t wait to get after it in practice and in the weight room.

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

CC: The Minnesota coaching staff. No other coaching staff in the country is as great as the Gopher staff.

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

CC: Wisconsin or Iowa. I have grown up hating both of those schools, and I can’t wait to go take back those trophies.

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

CC: All set.

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

CC: Owning a company.

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

CC: Their sincerity and passion for the program. They are so proud of how far the program has come, but they are determined to make it better.

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

CC: The new facility coming.

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

CC: Outside linebacker.   

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

CC: Rush off the edge a lot next year (freshman), then work more into a true LB role as I progress. They love my speed and want to utilize it as much as possible. 

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

CC: I talk to all of the commits.

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

CC: I love the way Luke Kuechly plays. He is hard nosed and punishes offensive players. That’s what I will do.

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