One of the Gophers’ top receivers didn’t start playing football until three years ago.

Rashad Still focused on basketball and track at Andress High School in El Paso, Texas, until a new coaching staff convinced him to try football. The 6-5, 200-pound Still quickly flourished.

The Gophers swooped in with a scholarship offer last January, and he jumped at it. Still was an all-state basketball player, but football has become his favorite pastime.

“Football’s just where I can take out my anger and everything,” he said. “You can’t really do that in basketball without getting a tech.”

The true freshman caught six passes for 41 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago at Ohio State. He has 15 catches for 180 yards on the season.

“He caught a couple balls against TCU, and then he had a few games where he really didn’t do much,” Gophers receivers coach Brian Anderson said. “I just told him, ‘You have to really buy into this thing. Listen and trust what I’m telling you. Listen to KJ [Maye], Drew [Wolitarsky] and Eric [Carter], and you’ll see what’s going to happen to you.’

“And he’s done that over the last three, four ballgames.”

Still dyes his hair a different color every three weeks. He has switched from white to gray to blonde to orange this season and once dyed his hair purple for the prom.

“So maybe the next interview I’ll have blue hair or something,” Still said. “I’m just a goofy dude. I’m always on social media making funny videos, just always cracking jokes, always smiling.”

Joe Christensen