Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
MarQueis Gray isn't quite ready to return to the lineup as the starting quarterback, but he could play more receiver for the Gophers on Saturday.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers probably won't have quarterback MarQueis Gray healthy enough to start at the position on Saturday, so Max Shortell will likely get the call against Wisconsin. That doesn't mean that Gray won't play at all though. This past week, Gray lined up at wide receiver and caught a pass, which charged up the fans and the Minnesota offense. According to the Star Tribune, we could be seeing more of that against Wisconsin:
"The Gophers' offense, which hasn't scored more than 17 points in a game without Gray in the starting lineup, could use a little amping. So it appears possible that Gray's first catch of the season won't be his last."
Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said "you never know," in reference to Gray seeing more time at wide receiver. It's not that he's in danger of losing his starting quarterback job, it's just that he's dealing with an ankle sprain and isn't ready to take a full game's worth a snaps at QB just yet.
On Saturday, he was forced back into the lineup when Shortell went down with injury, and Gray played well. He passed for just 66 yards, but he also rushed for 86 yards on nine carries. He did re-injure his ankle in the game though, so his playing time on Saturday isn't locked in by any means.