Minnesota’s depth at quarterback got a little thinner on Sunday night.
According to Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press, Gophers quarterback Demry Croft has asked for, and been granted, his release from the program. Greder said he was able to confirm the report with a school official.
Croft asked for his release following Minnesota’s 31-0 loss to No. 5 Wisconsin and head coach P.J. Fleck granted the request. Croft would’ve been the Gophers’ most experienced quarterback heading into the 2018 season
With Croft on the way out, Minnesota has now lost both quarterbacks who saw action this fall, as Conor Rhoda — who split starts under center this season — has fulfilled his eligibility.
Croft played in nine games for Minnesota this season, including six starts. He threw for 674 yards and four touchdowns while completing just 41.5 percent of his passes and tossing seven interceptions. He also rushed for 161 yards and four scores on the year.
Earlier in the year, Croft was away from the program from mid-September through mid-October for an undisclosed the reason. Once he rejoined the team, though, he became the primary quarterback for the Gophers.
Minnesota finished the season 5-7 and failed to score in its final two games against Northwestern and Wisconsin.