Report: Three Gophers leaving football program
The transition at Minnesota continues.
On Tuesday, the Star-Tribune reported that running back Berkley Edwards, wide receiver Desmond Gant and cornerback Craig James are leaving the Gopher football program.
Coming into the season, Edwards, who played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, figured to crack a young Minnesota running back rotation following the departure of David Cobb. But Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith earned the heavy workload and Edwards played in just two games.
According to the report, Edwards’ father said that the coaching staff was “dishonest” about the sophomore’s playing time. He could run track at Minnesota or he could try and play both sports at another school.
James’ transfer came after an injury-plagued 2015 season. After becoming the team’s primary punt returner as a freshman in 2014, he broke his leg in the B1G opener against Northwestern.
Gant was buried on the defensive back depth chart as a redshirt freshman and was relegated to special teams duties.
The news came a day after the Gophers ended their seven-game bowl losing streak against Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl.