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Minnesota At USC: MarQueis Gray Out At QB; Max Shortell In

Welcome to college football, Max Shortell.

Near the end of the third quarter of the Minnesota Golden Gophers' game against the USC Trojans, he has suffered a series of injuries. On a 19-yard keeper, he landed on his thumb and got up wincing. Then, on what turned out to be the last play of the third quarter, he was tackled and got up hobbling. Gray attempted to get off of the field, but went down with what we hope is a cramp.

The third quarter came to an end without the Gophers taking another snap, and looking at a 3rd and 7 from their own 21-yard line, trailing 19-10. If Gray is unable to go, it will be up to the true freshman, Max Shortell, to come in and try to lead the team back. Shortell, a 6'6", 225-pounder from Shawnee Mission, Kansas, was a prized recruit for Jerry Kill this year, and we might get a chance to see what he's got sooner than anyone might have expected. . .or hoped.

Again, Marqueis Gray is out at quarterback for the Golden Gophers, and Max Shortell is in. As we start the fourth quarter of play, the Gophers are down by a score of 19-10.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.