MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a dominant performance in a 48-14 win at Oregon State, the University of Minnesota football team will no longer split quarterback duties.
Gophers coach PJ Fleck said Monday fifth-year senior Conor Rhoda will be the starting quarterback going forward. He had previously split time with redshirt sophomore Demry Croft, who could still see time in a reserve role. But Rhoda will get a majority of the snaps going forward, which Fleck said he deserves.READ MORE: A Man Suffers Life Threatening Injuries After Crash In Douglas County
Rhoda took command of the Gophers’ offense Saturday night, throwing for 158 yards and a touchdown on seven completions. But it was his leadership in the huddle and decision-making that led Fleck to his decision.
Rhoda found Tyler Johnson for a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday’s win over the Beavers. It was virtually the same play Johnson scored on a long touchdown against Buffalo in the season opener.READ MORE: Colorado Man Dies In Becker County Crash
In the opening win over Buffalo, Rhoda was 12-of-20 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown. He did have an interception deep in Buffalo territory that ended a potential scoring drive. But Croft also fumbled against Oregon State, which led to a touchdown to get the Beavers within 17-14.
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Fleck announced Tuesday that Croft will not play Saturday and will not be with the team due to unspecified personal reasons. Fleck said Seth Green will be the back-up quarterback.