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Gophers WR signee Tyler Johnson models his game after Braxton Miller

Minneapolis (Minn.) wide receiver and new Gopher signee Tyler Johnson 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?

TJ: I am currently 6'3" and 186 lbs. They said they'd like me around 200 maybe 205 lbs. 

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

TJ: My individual goal is to get bigger and stronger and my team goal is to get a good relationship with everyone else, so we can win a few championships.

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

TJ: I want to hit the weights so I can get bigger and hopefully I'll get out there faster. 

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

TJ: Running out the tunnel for the first time. I can't wait for that moment.

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

TJ: It's home. Most Minnesota kids want to grow up and become a Gopher and I was one of those kids. 

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

TJ: Iowa and Wisconsin. I always want to beat my rivals. Those games are very important. It's bragging rights.

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

TJ: All set.

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

TJ: Maybe I'll become a coach and have a nice family.

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

TJ: They are expecting a lot of things out of me. They have faith in me and that's why I can already trust them.

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

TJ: They eat a whole lot of food. I'll never be hungry in college because they will feed me.

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

TJ: Wide receiver. Maybe defensive back or quarterback too. 

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

TJ: They want me to be a playmaker. Coach told me he they want to put the ball in my hands so that I can make a play.

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

TJ: All the time. We are always talking to each other about any and everything.

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

TJ: Braxton Miller. Even though he was just in college. I look up to him. I watch his highlights before each game. I use his moves here and there too.


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