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Wayzata's Lingen named Gophers football captain with Celestin, Smith

Gophers coach Tracy Claeys named three team co-captains for the 2017 season, picking linebacker Jonathan Celestin, tight end Brandon Lingen and running back Rodney Smith.

Celestin leads the Gophers with 79 tackles, heading into the bowl game. Lingen is a co-captain this year but has missed most of the season with injuries. Smith leads the team and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 1,084 rushing yards.

Celestin and Smith were teammates at Mundy's Mill High School in Jonesboro, Ga., before coming to Minnesota. Lingen hails from Wayzata.

With one game still to go this season, the Gophers will learn their bowl destination and opponent on Sunday. 

Smith, Pirsig, Wolitarsky voted third-team All-Big Ten selections

Gophers tailback Rodney Smith, offensive tackle Jonah Pirsig and wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky were voted third-team All-Big Ten selections, the conference announced Wednesday.

Smith tied for first in the conference with 15 rushing touchdowns and ranked fourth in rushing yards (1,084) and all-purpose yards (1,477). But four running backs were voted ahead of him for the first and second all-conference teams: Saquon Barkley, Corey Clement, Justin Jackson and Mike Weber.

The Big Ten announced its defensive and special teams awards Tuesday. Gophers kicker Emmit Carpenter was named the conference’s Kicker of the Year, and defensive tackle Steven Richardson was a third-team all-conference pick.

The Gophers honorable mention selections included: Shannon Brooks, Jonathan Celestin, Scott Ekpe, Jack Lynn, Jalen Myrick and Damarius Travis.

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  • NJIT at Gophers men's basketball

    7 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • San Antonio at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, NBATV, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's basketball at New Mexico

    8 pm on 88.5-FM

  • Wild at Toronto

    6:30 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Toronto

    6 pm on TNT, 830-AM

  • Army at Gophers women's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan State

    5:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Boston U.

    6 pm

  • Edmonton at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Detroit at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 830-AM

  • Georgia Southern at Gophers men's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Boston U.

    2 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan State

    7 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Vikings at Jacksonville

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Gophers women's basketball at South Carolina

    2 pm on SECN, 88.5-FM

  • Northern Illinois at Gophers men's basketball

    4 pm on 1500-AM

  • St. Louis at Wild

    5 pm on FSN PLUS, 100.3-FM

  • Golden State at Timberwolves

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

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