MarQueis Gray Injury: Goal Is For Gophers QB To Be Backup Saturday

Despite injuring both his ankle and knee in Saturday's win over Western Michigan, Minnesota Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray could still be in line for backup duties under center this Saturday according to the Pioneer Press.

The senior quarterback tweaked his knee and also suffered a high-ankle sprain on an awkward play against the Broncos, and remains on the mend heading into Week 4 according to head coach Jerry Kill. "He's going to be sore for a couple days," Kill said Tuesday.

"I talked to him yesterday, and I said, 'Your goal is, try to be the backup on Saturday and be prepared to play.' Now that's a pretty drastic goal. We'll see how it works out."

Barring a miraculous upturn in Gray's condition, the Gophers are expected to once again turn to sophomore Max Shortell this weekend against Syracuse. The 6'6, 235-pound Shortell looked impressive while completing 10 of his 17 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns after Gray went down, but still does not present nearly the same type of rushing threat as his predecessor.

Be sure to visit The Daily Gopher for more Minnesota football coverage, and check out SB Nation's college football hub for more news from around the nation.

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