Consistent performing safety has been the veteran of the defensive backfield for the past two seasons • has appeared in all 38 games of his Gopher career, including 32 starts • has a nose for the football, with nine career interceptions, which ranks No. 6 in school history.
2009 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Leader in the defensive backfield has started every game for the last two seasons • ranked fifth on the team with 73 total tackles • recorded seven or more tackles in six games, including a season-high nine against Air Force in the first game at TCF Bank Stadium • tallied two interceptions at the Insight Bowl vs. Iowa State • earned third varsity letter. Game-by-Game: Finished with seven tackles in 23-20 OT win at Syracuse (9/5) • five solo tackles vs. the Orange • also tallied one pass break-up and one half tackle for a loss at Syracuse • recorded nine tackles, including four solos, in the 20-13 win over Air Force (9/12) • finished with the Golden Gophers’ second-best mark with seven tackles, including five solo, in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19) • tallied three total tackles in the 35-24 win at Northwestern (9/26) • in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3), registered three solo and seven total tackles • in the 35-20 win over Purdue (10/10) recorded six tackles, including four solo stops, and two pass break-ups • in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17) tallied a game-high six solo tackles • in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24) finished with five total tackles and his first interception of the season • in the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31) tallied four tackles, all solo • in the 35-32 loss to Illinois (11/7), finished with seven tackles including five solo and 0.5 tackles for a loss • in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14), finished with two solo and three total tackles • in the 12-0 loss to Iowa (11/21), recorded two tackles and a pass break-up • was a standout defender at the Insight Bowl vs. Iowa State (12/31) • recorded seven tackles, a tackle for loss and two interceptions vs. the Cyclones.
2008 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started all 13 games and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the league’s coaches • tied for 10th in the Big Ten in interceptions with three • ranked second on the team in total tackles with 78 and tops on the squad in solo stops with 59 • also had eight pass breakups for 11 total passes defended • led the Gophers in tackles in three games • scholar-athlete award winner • earned Academic All-Big Ten honors • earned second letter. Game-by-Game: finished with five total tackles (four solo) and assisted on a tackle for loss in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois (8/30) • totaled five stops (four solo) and had a breakup at Bowling Green (9/6) • returned his first interception of the season 24 yards, made five unassisted tackles and notched a breakup against Montana State (9/13) • credited with five solo tackles and a 41-yard interception return vs. Florida Atlantic • totaled four tackles, including a tackle for loss, at Ohio State (9/27) • credited with three total tackles and a pass breakup vs. Indiana (10/4) • led the Gophers with a career-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, at Illinois (10/11) • had a big game at Purdue (10/25), leading the team with a career-high nine solo stops, recording an interception and notching a pass breakup • had five tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss vs. Northwestern (11/1) • collected six total tackles and broke up a career- best two passes vs. Michigan (11/8) • registered five tackles (four solo), two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup at Wisconsin (11/15) • shared the team lead for tackles with 10 and notched a pass breakup vs. Iowa (11/22) • recorded five solo tackles vs. Kansas (12/31).
2007 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Appeared in all 12 games with six starts • made four starts at safety and two at cornerback • finished ninth on the team in total tackles with 39 • led the Gophers in interceptions with three • also had 2.5 tackles for losses, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery • earned the Outstanding First Year Defensive Player Award • earned first letter • scholar-athlete award winner • Game-by-Game: had one solo tackle and a pass break-up in the season-opener vs. Bowling Green (9/1) • made two total tackles, including one for a four-yard loss, in his first career start vs. Miami (Ohio) (9/8) • had two assisted tackles at Florida Atlantic (9/15) • recorded one assisted stop and returned his first career interception 28 yards against Purdue (9/22) • registered one solo tackle vs. Ohio State (9/29) • collected three total tackles and returned an interception 34 yards at Indiana (10/6) • collected a tackles (three solo) at Northwestern • finished with four tackles, including a tackle for loss, vs. North Dakota State (10/20) • had three tackles and a fumble recovery at Michigan (10/27) • totaled six stops and a pass break-up vs. Illinois (11/3) • credited for a season-high eight total tackles (five solo) at Iowa (11/10) • made three solo stops and had a 10-yard interception return in the season finale vs. Wisconsin (11/17).
A 2007 graduate of J.K. Mullen High School (Colo.) • high school coach was Dave Logan • recorded 144 tackles with seven sacks and one interception, which was returned for a score, in 14 games his senior season • posted 76 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions and scored a touchdown on a kickoff return his junior year • was a 2005 All-Centennial League choice.
Son of Michael and Carolyn Theret • born Sept. 27, 1989 • communication studies major.