Since December of 2010, Gopher Football has rallied around a saying that emphasizes the process of building a championship team. Every practice, every sprint, every game, every down. It’s the mission statement that propels us to get better every day. And now it’s your mission too.

 

In 2015, we’re taking you, the Maroon & Gold crowd supporting us, into the minds of the program. We’ll be breaking down this mantra at every home game so you know exactly what it means to be a part of Gopher Football.

You don’t build a championship team by taking the easy route. It takes preparation. Intelligence. Commitment. You have to hold yourself and others accountable. Get tough, because it’s a long road. You need to be relentless. And you can never waver in your loyalty.

That is how you build championship teams.

You build them Brick by Brick.

“Winning is preparation. The harder you prepare, the better you handle pressure.”

 

– Coach Kill

Nothing can be accomplished without preparation. Go in blind and you will be blindsided. Every time Gopher Football takes the field, you can be sure countless hours were spent scouting opponents, adjusting lines, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and preparing everyone with a role on game day. There is always a plan.

Preparation is the first brick.

MINNESOTA vs. TCU

09/3/15 • 8PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. KENT ST.

09/19/15 • 11AM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. OHIO (HOMECOMING)

09/26/15 • 2:30 PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. NEBRASKA

10/17/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

10/31/15 • 7PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. ILLINOIS

11/21/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

11/28/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

“Our players will play hard, finish and be consistent. They will be mentally and physically tough and have high intelligence.”

 

– Coach Kill

Great football is smart football. The Gophers never stop working to improve intelligence on and off the field. Instinct can only get you so far in a game, and being able to make a smart decision can be the difference between defeat and victory.

Intelligence is the second brick.

MINNESOTA vs. TCU

09/3/15 • 8PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. KENT ST.

09/19/15 • 11AM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. OHIO (HOMECOMING)

09/26/15 • 2:30 PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. NEBRASKA

10/17/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

10/31/15 • 7PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. ILLINOIS

11/21/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

11/28/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

Download “Intelligence”, the 2nd poster in the 7-part series feat. Jonah Pirsig, Joe Bjorklund, Jon Christenson, Ben Lauer, and Josh Campion.

“I tell our players all the time that you have to win at home, and the support we receive from our fans and students plays a big role in winning games at TCF Bank Stadium. It’s very difficult for our opponent when it’s a full house and everyone is standing and yelling. Our fans, especially our students, are extremely critical to our success.”

 

– Coach Kill

There is nothing like playing in front of a sold out crowd of passionate Gophers. We have the experience to prove it. It takes commitment to get out of bed on a cold Saturday morning and make your way to TCF Bank Stadium. But there’s no exaggeration in saying that the energy from the stands drives us farther on third-and-long than anything else.

Commitment is the third brick.

MINNESOTA vs. TCU

09/3/15 • 8PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. KENT ST.

09/19/15 • 11AM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. OHIO (HOMECOMING)

09/26/15 • 2:30 PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. NEBRASKA

10/17/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

10/31/15 • 7PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. ILLINOIS

11/21/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

11/28/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

“We’re making sure that our kids are accountable, not only on the field but off the field.”

 

– Coach Kill

Being a member of Gopher Football doesn’t end when the clock hits zero on a game day. It is a well-known fact among Gophers that you never take off the M; you never stop representing the University of Minnesota. That means holding yourself responsible for your actions anytime, anywhere.

Accountability is the fourth brick.

MINNESOTA vs. TCU

09/3/15 • 8PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. KENT ST.

09/19/15 • 11AM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. OHIO (HOMECOMING)

09/26/15 • 2:30 PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. NEBRASKA

10/17/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

10/31/15 • 7PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. ILLINOIS

11/21/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

11/28/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

Download “Accountability”, the 4th poster in the 7-part series feat. Peter Mortell, KJ Maye, and Rodrick Williams Jr.

“We want hard-nosed, tough people to come to the University of Minnesota. That’s who we are and it’s not going to change. “

 

– Coach Kill

Any football program can be strong. Not all programs choose to be tough. Every game is evidence to the fact that Gopher Football is hard-nosed and gritty. Give us an inch, we’ll take a mile. And we will never go down without a fight.

Toughness is the fifth brick.

MINNESOTA vs. TCU

09/3/15 • 8PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. KENT ST.

09/19/15 • 11AM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. OHIO (HOMECOMING)

09/26/15 • 2:30 PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. NEBRASKA

10/17/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

10/31/15 • 7PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. ILLINOIS

11/21/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

11/28/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

Download “Toughness”, the 5th poster in the 7-part series feat. Robert Ndondo-Lay, Hendrick Ekpe, Gaelin Elmore, Andrew Stelter, Alex Keith, De’Vondre Campbell, Cody Poock, Steven Richardson, Theiren Cockran, and Scott Ekpe.

“Our players are relentless. We’ve still got work to do. But we’re getting better, and that’s all we want to do. “

 

– Coach Kill

“Good” never sits well with Gopher Football. We’re striving for greatness. It’s a tireless pursuit to be sure, but you better believe we’re going to give our all trying to get there. Underestimating our determination is not recommended.

Relentless is the sixth brick.

MINNESOTA vs. TCU

09/3/15 • 8PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. KENT ST.

09/19/15 • 11AM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. OHIO (HOMECOMING)

09/26/15 • 2:30 PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. NEBRASKA

10/17/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

10/31/15 • 7PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. ILLINOIS

11/21/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

11/28/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

Download “Relentless”, the 6th poster in the 7-part series feat. Damarius Travis, Antonio Johnson, Eric Murray, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Jalen Myrick, and Craig James.

“I feel like you always stay with the people who got you where you are. I think they feel loyalty to me for giving them opportunities. When you’re turning programs around, it’s good to have that continuity because they understand what to do.”

 

– Coach Kill

Support is a two way street. Surrounding yourself with the best of the best is one thing, but keeping the best of the best is something else entirely. The trust and dependability of a staff that has spent the better part of two decades coaching together brings an edge that few teams can boast.

Loyalty is the seventh brick.

MINNESOTA vs. TCU

09/3/15 • 8PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. KENT ST.

09/19/15 • 11AM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. OHIO (HOMECOMING)

09/26/15 • 2:30 PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. NEBRASKA

10/17/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

10/31/15 • 7PM • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. ILLINOIS

11/21/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

11/28/15 • TBA • TCF BANK STADIUM

Download “Loyalty”, the 7th poster in the 7-part series feat. Jerry Kill, Pat Poore, Rob Reeves, Eric Klein, Tracy Claeys, Jim Zebrowski, Matt Limegrover, Mike Sherels, Jay Sawvel, and Brian Anderson.

Return for Brick By Brick, Episode 1 on August 27th.

Episode 11: “Head Coach Claeys”

November 20, 2015

Episode 10: “Gopher Specialists”

November 13, 2015

Episode 9: “Gopher Gameday”

November 6, 2015

Episode 8: “Trophy Season”

October 30, 2015

Episode 7: “Day in the Life”

October 16, 2015

Episode 6: “Opportunity: Rodney Smith”

October 9, 2015

Episode 5: “Comeback: Cody Poock”

October 2, 2015

Episode 4: “Commitment”

September 25, 2015

Episode 3: “Intelligence”

September 18, 2015

Episode 2: “Transformation”

September 14, 2015

Episode 1: “Preparation”

August 27, 2015

Brick By Brick 2015 Series Teaser

August 13, 2015

Brick By Brick Campaign Introduction

August 11, 2015

Brick By Brick Trailer

August 10, 2015