Minnesota has been having some bad luck with the health of their team as of late. Quarterback MarQueis Gray has been battling an ankle injury that continues to give him problems and head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure after Saturday’s loss to Northwestern. Kill was released from the hospital the next day and has been back to work this week. Things haven’t healed up quite as quick for Gray unfortunately.
Gray returned last week against the Wildcats hoping his ankle would hold up after sitting out the past few weeks. As of today, Gray is in a walking boot after re-injuring the ankle on Saturday.
It’s important Gray not try and rush back too quickly again, and the coaching staff knows that more than anyone. The loss of Gray couldn’t come at a worse time with the Gophers set to play rejuvenated Wisconsin this Saturday. They’ll have to rely on sophomore Max Shortell to get the job done against the Badgers. Shortell threw three interceptions in a loss against Iowa, but didn’t play all that poorly against Syracuse.
He’ll need to have his best game this week with Wisconsin’s defense playing at a high level. Last week, Shortell comepleted 9-of-19 passes for 103 when relieving the injured Gray.
Gray rushed 86 yards last week and a touchdown along with adding 66 yards through the air. He adds a different dimension to the game that opposing defenses have to plan for, and even then he’s difficult to stop. They won’t have to worry about that this week against Shortell.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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