It’s been a little over a week since Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray sustained a high ankle sprain against Western Michigan. Gray missed Saturday’s win over Syracuse and he’ll in all likelihood be out this Saturday against Iowa.
“We walked out the tunnel together. I started jogging,” coach Jerry Kill said of last weekend’s game against the Cuse . “I’m 51, and he couldn’t keep up with me.
“I don’t anticipate him playing next week. It would be a minor miracle if he was ready to play. I can’t control the healing process, but right now, I’m not real optimistic (about) how quick that’s going to come along.”
That means Max Shortell should get the start again as the Gophers begin Big Ten play. The sophomore played well enough against the Orange, throwing for 231 yards (and more importantly, no turnovers).
The Hawkeyes are struggling in a big way after losing to Central Michigan. If Shortell can stay mistake-free and let Minnesota’s defense, which has been playing well, continue to carry the burden, the Gophers can go to Iowa City and grab another win on the year.
(Hat tip: Star-Tribune)