Freshman QB Croft making his way up Gophers' depth chart


Jerry Kill isn't saying a freshman quarterback at the University of Minnesota can play like Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but Kill is comparing a freshman quarterback's demeanor to Bridgewater's.

Cool. Calm. Collected. That's Bridgewater, and Kill believes Demry Croft has similar traits.

After throwing a touchdown pass in a scrimmage last Saturday, Kill was impressed with how calm the freshman quarterback remained: "I said shoot, ‘That’s like [Teddy] Bridgewater,'", Kill said, according to the Star Tribune

Croft, a true freshman from a Illinois, has been good enough in preseason practice that the Gophers aren't ruling out the possibility of him winning the backup quarterback job behind starter Mitch Leidner, the Pioneer Press reports.

Marcus Fuller writes:

"Croft has exceeded expectations during fall practices. He has a presence in the huddle. He doesn't get overly critical after mistakes. He throws a mean deep ball."

Also in the mix for the No. 2 QB job are sophomore Chris Streveler and redshirt freshman Jacques Perra, who grew up in the Twin Cities playing football at Roseville High School.

Here's a look at Croft's highlights from his senior year at Boylin High School in Rockford, Illinois, via

This embed is invalid

Next Up

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.


Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.


At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said

paisley park

Paisley Park to open pop-up shop at Mall of America

The new store is set to open on Black Friday.


COVID-19: Here's what Gov. Walz, Republicans are proposing to help businesses

Once they come to an agreement, Walz will call a special session to pass the legislation.

Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey planning to run for reelection

Frey said in a radio interview that 2020 has been a "horrible" year.


Monello, P.S. Steak will switch to sandwiches, noodles during shutdown

The Minneapolis eateries are pivoting during the closure of dine-in service.