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Gophers quarterback Croft seeks release from team

Gophers quarterback Croft seeks release from team

Croft, who started the second half of the Gophers games this season, was suspended the week of the September 16 game against Middle Tennessee State.

Boylan graduate Demry Croft published the following statement on his twitter account Monday evening revealing the reason for his three week suspension at Minnesota this season and why he has chose to leave the school.

University spokesman Paul Rovnak texted the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday night that Croft asked coach P.J. Fleck for his release after Saturday's loss to Wisconsin.

On Sunday, a potential replacement - a highly regarded junior college quarterback from California - tweeted his whereabouts: Minneapolis. Not surprisingly, the Gophers rank 122nd nationally in passing offense.

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His 16 wins were a career-high, and he led the club in wins (16), starts (33), innings (199.0) and strikeouts (147). November 15: Acquired INF Ryon Healy from Oakland in exchange for RHP Emilio Pagan and and INF Alexander Campos.

Croft's departure thins the Gophers' list at quarterback next year. Croft was a three-star recruit out of Rockford, Ill., who appeared in three games and made 38 pass attempts as a freshman in 2015. After that he was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player Of The Week.

Fleck and Croft clashed early in the season when Croft was suspended for three weeks for violating team rules. He missed games against Middle Tennessee and Maryland, before rejoining the team on October 7 at Purdue. Rhoda started the season's first two games, with Croft seeing action, too. After subbing in for Rhoda in the second half, he passed for 163 yards and three scores.

But in his first start, he struggled, going 5-for-15 for 47 yards and a TD with two interceptions in a 24-17 win over IL. He went 3-for-9 for 40 yards in the loss to Wisconsin. He rushed 79 times for 161 yards and four touchdowns. The rushing total was a school record for a quarterback.