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Kicker Chris Hawthorne Transfers To Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers' recruiting class of 2011 will include a transfer student, as kicker Chris Hawthorne will bring himself from North Carolina State to Minnesota to play for Coach Kill and the Gophers.

Hawthorne walked on as a freshman for the Wolfpack, and saw action in three games in 2010. He was only the primary kicker for one game, but he went 5-for-5 on extra points and drilled a 25-yard field goal as North Carolina State defeated Wake Forest. He also kicked off 17 times with one touchback.

The 6'4", 180-pound kicker. . .who also has the ability to punt. . .played his high school football at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He only played one year of high school football, but was 8-for-8 on field goals and 44-for-46 on extra points that season.

For a more complete biography of Chris Hawthorne, be sure to hit up the folks at Gopher Sports. Check out this video of Hawthorne as well.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.