Gophers: Shortell ready to replace Gray

With MarQueis Gray sidelined for up to a month with a high ankle sprain the Gophers are hoping sophomore Max Shortell can do more of what he did Saturday against Western Michigan -- lead the team into the endzone, and into victory lane.
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Shortell likely to start for Gophers

Jerry Kill is "cautiously optimistic" that MarQueis Gray will play Saturday when the Gophers host Northwestern for a homecoming game at TCF Bank Stadium. However, Fox Sports North reports it's highly likely that Max Shortell gets a third straight start.

Toe injury could sideline Gray

University of Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray missed Wednesday's practice with a toe injury and he is questionable for Saturday's Big Ten opener at Michigan. If Gray isn't able to play, true freshman Max Shortell will start in his place.

Gray not on Gophers injury report

Junior QB MarQueis Gray is battling turf toe but is not listed on the Gophers injury report. That means he could play Saturday at Purdue. However, starting right tackle Jimmy Gjere will be held out with a concussion. Senior cornerback Troy Stoudermire will miss his second straight game because of a broken arm.

Shortell needs protection to shine

Freshman QB Max Shortell didn't look very comfortable in last week's 58-0 loss at Michigan. That's because he didn't have any time to throw the ball. If he plays this Saturday at Purdue, protecting him better will be the number one priority.

MarQueis Gray becoming the leader the Gophers need

MarQueis Gray is finally becoming the leader the Gophers need at quarterback. He looked, and acted like a leader during last weekend's 22-21 upset win over Iowa. Now he's taking his leadership skills to the practice field, and into No. 15 Michigan State on Saturday.

Minnesota Gophers quarterback could be sidelined for a month

MarQueis Gray was helped off the field during the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday with a left high-ankle sprain. Coach Jerry Kill tells the Pioneer Press the senior quarterback could be out two to four weeks. Sophomore Max Shortell is expected to start the next game against Syracuse. He replaced Gray against Western Michigan and led the Gophers to a 28-23 victory.

Gray moving better, will test foot Thursday

MarQueis Gray is still recovering from turf toe but was moving around better during practice on Wednesday. Head coach Jerry Kill says Gray "has a lot better chance to play this week than last week." Freshman Max Shortell will start if Gray can't play.