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Notre Dame defensive tackle Dew-Treadway joining U as grad transfer



Micah Dew-Treadway, a defensive tackle who completed his junior season at Notre Dame in 2018, announced Tuesday morning on Twitter on that he has committed to transfer to the Gophers program.

“What if I told you God gives second chances? #committed #RTB,’’ Dew Treadway tweeted.

Dew-Treadway, a 6-4, 300-pounder, is expected to be a graduate transfer, enroll at Minnesota for the spring semester that begins Jan. 22 and be eligible to play this fall.

Dew-Treadway played in 11 games for Notre Dame in 2018, making two tackles as the Fighting Irish went 12-0 in the regular season before losing to eventual national champion Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals in the Cotton Bowl. He played in nine games with no statistics as a sophomore in 2017 after missing the 2016 season because of a broken foot and spending the 2015 season as a redshirt.

A three-star recruit out of Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School, Dew-Treadway was the nation’s 29th-ranked strong-side defensive end in the Class of 2015 by the composite of major national recruiting services. He had scholarship offers from nine Power five programs, including Indiana, Maryland, Purdue and Wisconsin of the Big Ten. He also received an offer from Western Michigan, which was coached by P.J. Fleck, now the Gophers coach.

Dew-Treadway visited the Gophers over the weekend, along with Southern California wide receiver Randal Grimes, who announced on Sunday that he was transferring to Minnesota.

Gophers star receiver Johnson tweets he'll play senior season

If there were any doubts Tyler Johnson would return for his senior season with the Gophers in 2019, the star wide receiver put them to rest Monday night.

“Last ride,’’ Johnson tweeted with a photo of him scoring a touchdown, another indication that he’ll be back to chase more Gophers receiving records this fall. Monday was the deadline for underclassmen to declare their intention to enter the 2019 NFL draft.

Johnson, a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2018, hinted after the Gophers’ 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 that he would return. “Basically, not done yet,” the former Minneapolis North standout said after catching two touchdown passes against the Yellow Jackets.

Johnson assembled one of the best seasons in Gophers history in 2018, finishing with 78 receptions (second most in a Gophers single season) for school records of 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had six 100-yard receiving games, which included four in a row in Big Ten play, a feat that no other Gopher has accomplished.

In his Minnesota career, the 6-2, 200-pounder has 127 receptions (10th in school history), 1,987 receiving yards (seventh) and 20 touchdown catches (fourth). Johnson needs 1,133 yards to break Eric Decker’s school record (3,119 from 2006-09) and 12 TDs to break Ron Johnson’s record (31 from 1998-2001). Decker is first on the Gophers’ career receptions list, 100 ahead of Tyler Johnson.

Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca saw Johnson improving as the season went on.

“He’s just so much better with his details than he was last year. He understands the game a lot better,’’ Ciarrocca said during preparation for the Quick Lane Bowl. “He understands the different coverage looks he’s getting and what they’re trying to do and what’s the best way to attack that particular look. He plays faster because he has a really good command of what the defense is trying to do to him.

“The other thing that’s really come along for him is he’s done a much better job of catching the football,’’ Ciarrocca added. “He’s always made the spectacular catches since the first day I got here, but he lacked consistency last year. If I was critical of him in anything early in the year, it was that he lacked a little bit of consistency in catching the ball.’’