And, no, not Brady Hoke‘s Ohio.
On Twitter Wednesday, Conner Krizancic announced that he will be leaving Minnesota after one season and will transfer to the Ohio Bobcats. Krizancic said his desire to move from catching football to throwing them was the impetus for his decision to move on.
Krizancic played quarterback his senior year in high school in Ohio after playing receiver previously. He was signed by the Gophers as a receiver.
“I think my dad (Mentor, OH, basketball coach Bob Krizancic) always believed in my ability to play quarterback,” the player said. “Looking back on it I think I made a mistake of not giving myself a chance to play quarterback.”
A three-star member of the Gophers’ 2014 recruiting class, Krizancic didn’t see the field as a true freshman. He’ll have to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws — the Gophers play the Bobcats this upcoming season too — but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
In addition to Krizancic, fellow Gopher quarterback Dimonic Roden-McKinzy has left the football program as well. The head coach at Hutchinson Community College confirmed to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Roden-McKinzy had transferred to the JUCO school.
Roden-McKinzy was a three-star member the 2014 class as well.
With the twin departures, the Gophers now have four quarterbacks listed on their current roster: starter Mitch Leidner (redshirt sophomore), Jacques Perra (freshman), Conor Rhoda (redshirt freshman) and backup Chris Steveler (redshirt freshman). They also have a verbal commitment from 2015 three-star quarterback Demry Croft.
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