Minnesota football running back Shannon Brooks will miss the entire 2018 season after suffering a non-contact injury, P.J. Fleck announced Tuesday.
It’s a tough blow for the Minnesota offense as Brooks was set to be the Golden Gophers’ second-leading returning rusher. Fleck said that Brooks will return to the program for the 2019 season, according to Chris Long of KSTP.
PJ Fleck says RB Shannon Brooks is out for the 2018 season.
Suffered a non contact injury, will redshirt, return in 2019.#Gophers
— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) March 6, 2018
Brooks rushed for 369 yards and 5 touchdowns during the 2017 season as a junior. One of the most experienced players on Minnesota’s roster, Brooks has 1,728 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground over 28 games in three seasons.
Minnesota, which went 5-7 in 2017, still returns Rodney Smith, the team’s leading rusher in 2017. Smith ran for 977 yards and 3 touchdowns on 229 carries.