May 2012

Four ex-Gophers hope to make the Minnesota Vikings this weekend

Da’Jon McKnight is among four former Gophers hoping to make the Vikings.

Having graduated from the U of Minnesota in ’11, I was able to catch the high flying Da’Jon McKnight in action on many a college game and was extremely pleased to watch him perform even though the Gophers mostly ended up on the losing side.

The 6 foot 3 inch 211 pound wide receiver had 1,465 yards and 97 catches in his two seasons with the Gophers, but he still faces an uncertain future as he reports for camp to try and be one of the receivers to make the Minnesota Vikings. The other players were the renowned Gopher Defensive Tackle Brandon Kirksey, Anthony Jacobs and Nick Tow-Arnett.

There were no University of Minnesota players drafted in the 2012 NFL draft, but running back Duane Bennett is in the NFL having made the Green Bay Packers as a free agent.