Gophers Quarterback Croft Seeks Release from Team

Wisconsin outside linebacker Leon Jacobs (32) takes down Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft (11) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Minneapolis. Photo: AP/ Stacy Bengs
Wisconsin outside linebacker Leon Jacobs (32) takes down Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft (11) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Minneapolis.

November 27, 2017 08:45 AM

University of Minnesota starting quarterback Demry Croft is expected to leave the Gophers.

KSTP confirmed with the university that Croft asked coach P.J. Fleck for his release after Saturday's 31-0 loss to Wisconsin. Croft did not attend the team's season-ending banquet Sunday because his departure had already been set in motion.

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Croft started the final six games this season. He has two years of eligibility remaining and could transfer to another school.

Croft is a redshirt sophomore from Rockford, Illinois. He completed 41 percent of his passes for 674 yards and threw four touchdown passes and seven interceptions in nine games this season. He rushed 79 times for 161 yards and four touchdowns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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