Shannon Brooks has some big-time expectations after his breakout freshman season. He figures to be Minnesota’s lead back and get somewhere near 20 touches per game.

That is, assuming he’s healthy.

The Star-Tribune reported on Tuesday that the promising young tailback is currently sidelined with a foot injury and he’s being evaluated. Tracy Claeys said that the foot was injured “a little bit” and that he’ll have an update on his status on Saturday.

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That’s certainly not the way the Gophers wanted to kick off fall camp. Arguably their top playmaker entering, Brooks ran for six yards per carry and seven touchdowns as a true freshman last season. He and Rodney Smith both figure to get plenty of work in 2016.

The Gophers are one of the trendier picks to make a significant jump following a six-win season in 2015. Kirk Herbstreit already picked Minnesota to win the B1G West.

As long as Brooks’ injury isn’t more serious than the team let on, those expectations shouldn’t change.