Eden Prairie linebacker Danny Anderson wants to be the next Blake Cashman for the Golden Gophers

Eden Prairie (Minn.) linebacker and new Gopher signee Danny Anderson is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2017 class and he went in-depth with GopherIllustrated.com to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota.

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

Danny Anderson: I am 6'1 and weigh around 215-220 pounds. I don't know yet what weight they want me to be at when I report this summer, but I assume I'll weigh around 225 pounds by June.

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

DA: Individually, I want to get on the field any way I can. My goal is to play special teams and any contribution I can make to the team, and work my way up and into the rotation eventually through hard work and toughness, but I know I just gotta trust the process and keep working hard. As a team, I believe that with the high energy of a young head coach the sky is the limit for the Gophers program

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

DA: I know that in order to play at such a high level of football I need to add as much speed as possible and increase strength as well. I also will be working to improve my football IQ throughout this off-season. But most importantly, speed.

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

DA: I'm looking forward to anything and everything football. Football is my one love and I love the grind and I love to play, so I'm just looking forward to getting back into the weight room with the team and battling throughout the summer.

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

DA: Minnesota has always been my dream school since I fell in love with the game of football. I've seen how much success players like Blake Cashman and Carter Coughlin have had and it drives me to work harder day in and day out. I've had 3 older siblings go through the University of Minnesota and that was always the plan for me.

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

DA: My dads side of the family is all from just outside of Madison, so they're all cheese heads and badger fans, so I think it'd be great to beat the badgers. 

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

DA: I'm all set to enroll at the University in the Carlson School of Management.

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

DA: I'd like to be working in business somehow, but I'm not quite sure. Football will always be a huge part of me so I'll also be a huge gopher fan post graduation as well.

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

DA: The culture that Coach Fleck is bringing in is really great, how hard work and dedication is super important to the coaching staff. I couldn't ask for a better coaching staff to fit how I am as a player.

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

DA: I was surprised by how much support I have received from fans after I committed to the gopher program. It's great to see pride in the state from the fans.

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

DA: I expect to play linebacker just as I did in high school, and the staff haven't mentioned any other position to me.

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

DA: I don't quite know yet, but coach Sherels told me previously that he wants me to play a similar role as Cashman does right now. A pass rushing ILB and an open field tackler.

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

DA: I've talked to a couple preferred walk-ons and it's all good support toward the program.

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

DA: I've always modeled how I play after Blake Cashman. He's been a great role model to me throughout his high school career and I always wanted to play just like he played, with mental toughness and a very high level of self confidence on the field.


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