Minnesota has already lost one of its top returning wide receivers when Devin Crawford-Tufts decided to give up football in favor of track. Now, the Gophers may or may not have lost another returning wideout due to an entirely different reason.
Following practice Saturday, head coach Jerry Kill revealed that Andre McDonald has been suspended for the remainder of summer camp. The reason, of course, is violating unspecified team rules.
“We have a team policy that you have to follow,” Kill said. “Right now, he’s not able to practice. That’s where we’re at right now. He’s not going to be practicing the rest of camp.”
The suspension, which may bleed into the 2013 season, is the latest bump in the road for the talented receiver. In late December McDonald was suspended for the Gophers’ Alamo Bowl appearance, again for what was only described as violating team rules. He then missed all of spring practice for “personal reasons,” returning to the Gophers a couple of weeks before the start of summer camp.
McDonald was a three-star member of the Gophers’ 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Minnesota that year. Plagued by a minor heart problem early in the year, McDonald played in eight games his true freshman season. He caught 10 passes for 121 yards before his suspension.