Minnesota’s 2015 rushing leader may miss the beginning of the season.
That follows yesterday’s news of Brooks missing Tuesday practice. Brooks led Minnesota with 709 yards in 2015, twice rushing for more than 170 yards. Minnesota won both of those games, beating Illinois and Purdue.
With Minnesota’s first game scheduled for Sept. 1 against Oregon State — only three weeks from Thursday — Brooks will need to be on the short end of the window to return in time for the start of the season. If Brooks, a sophomore, sits out for five weeks, he would also miss the Sept. 10 game against Indiana State. Minnesota has a bye week the following week.
Fellow sophomore Rodney Smith would likely fill in for Brooks. Smith rushed for 670 yards as a freshman to rank second on the team.