When Minnesota plays Middle Tennessee State this weekend, the Gophers will be without their back up quarterback Demry Croft.
According to the Pioneer Press, coach P.J. Fleck told reporters Croft will be away from the team due to personal reasons. He did not give a timeline for his return.
“He is dealing with some personal issues that are way, way more important than football, so it’s my job as a head football coach to get him what he needs,” Fleck said, according to the Pioneer Press. “We are going to help him any way we can. I’m not going to get into that, in respect to his privacy and his personal life.”
The Press also reported that Croft was not named in any recent Minneapolis police reports.
Croft and current Minnesota starting quarterback Conor Rhoda have been battling for the Gophers’ starting quarterback position throughout the summer, fall camp and Minnesota’s first two regular season games.
On Monday, Fleck named Rhoda Minnesota’s starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Although, after Fleck said Croft was dealing with personal issues, he followed up by saying this: “If you do not do the right thing academically, athletically, socially and spiritually, and you do not uphold the high, high expectations of our culture on and off the field, you will not play. And it does not matter who you are.”
Fleck didn’t say whether or not the two comments were to be looked at collectively.
Minnesota will play Middle Tennessee State this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, at TCF Bank Stadium.