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Gophers kicker signee John Mack wants to get the Axe back to Minnesota where it belongs

Hartland (Wis.) kicker and new Gopher signee John Mack 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?

JM: I currently am 6'0" and weigh 184 lbs. The Minnesota staff has not given me a specific weight I need to be at by summer, but I preferably want to gain up to 5 lbs by then.

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

JM: My individual goal would be to get the Little Brown Jug back in 2017 when we travel to the big house to take on Michigan! I'm looking forward to taking on one of my best friends, Ben Bredeson, who will be at Michigan. The game will determine bragging rights between Ben and I for years to come.

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

JM: I am going to work on my consistency on field goals this spring in order to prepare myself for Big Ten football. In order to do this though, I'm going to need to clean up my form and make a few minor changes. 

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

JM: I am looking forward to traveling back to Wisconsin and playing in Camp Randall Stadium. It is something I always dreamed about as a kid. Hopefully we'll be bringing back the Paul Bunyan Axe to the state of Minnesota where it rightly belongs.

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

JM: The main reason I chose the University of Minnesota was due to it's outstanding education. It was important to my family and I that I go to a school where I will receive a quality education.

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

JM: The team I want to beat the most as a Gopher is the University of Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a great program, but there will be no better feeling than raising the Paul Bunyan Axe for the state of Minnesota to see!

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

JM: I have been accepted into Minnesota and I am all set to enroll.

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

JM: In 10 years I can see myself running a bank like my Father. Over the summer, I worked as an intern at the bank and I enjoyed my time while on the job.

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

JM: While on my official visit at Minnesota, I realized the Minnesota staff is a great group. They are hungry for wins and don't back down from anyone. I am looking forward to playing for the staff and representing Minnesota.

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

JM: During the recruiting process, I learned about the brand new football facility being built. I'm looking forward to lifting in the new weight room and also putting in work in the new indoor football field.

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

JM: I am expected to be brought in as a kicker for kickoffs and field goals. Throughout high school I also played free safety, but I think those days are behind me.

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

JM: The coaches have told me they like my strength on kickoffs and field goals.

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

JM: I have talked with a few other Minnesota commits. I've talked a little with DeMarcus Williams and Carter Coughlin and we are all excited to get up to Minnesota this summer!

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

JM: As a kicker, I wouldn't say that I model my game after anybody, but I do have a role model in Jeff Budzien. Jeff went to my same high school (Arrowhead) and proceeded to be an All-American at Northwestern. Jeff is a great guy and is always there for me with support.


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