Ex-Minnesota QB Zack Annexstad announces transfer to FCS program
Former Minnesota quarterback Zack Annexstad has found a new home.
The ex-Gopher walk-on and starter announced on Twitter on Monday night that he’ll be continuing his career at the FCS level, committing to Illinois State. Annexstad spent 4 years at Minnesota before deciding to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
Annexstad entered the portal shortly after Tanner Morgan announced he would be returning for the 2022 season. That would likely put him in the starting role for a fourth-straight year.
“Excited to announce that I will be attending Illinois State University,” Annexstad wrote on Twitter. “Looking forward to my next opportunity and can’t wait to get to work with my new teammates. I am excited to help bring a championship to Normal. Go Redbirds!”
Excited to announce that I will be attending Illinois State University. Looking forward to my next opportunity and can’t wait to get to work with my new teammates. I am excited to help bring a championship to Normal. Go Redbirds! @RedbirdFB
— Zack Annexstad (@ZackAnnexstad) January 11, 2022
Annexstad won Minnesota’s starting job in 2018 as a true freshman walk-on, a huge accomplishment in the B1G. He started in the first 7 games of the season and played in 8 total contests but suffered a season-ending injury. That paved the way for Morgan to take over as the starter in the Twin Cities.
Morgan has not relinquished that starting job.
Annexstad also missed the 2019 season with an injury that occurred before the start of the year. He did not play in 2020 and appeared in 2 games for the Gophers during the 2021 campaign.
For his career, Annexstad has thrown for 1,277 yards and 9 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. He has posted a 52% completion rate with the Golden Gophers.
Annexstad will have 2 years of eligibility remaining at Illinois State.