Minnesota passed for 239 yards in opener, which is something it did only twice last season
Coach Fleck announced that both quarterbacks Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft will play against Buffalo
Minnesota has six quarterbacks on its spring roster
The Gophers have four quarterbacks on their roster, but only three will be available for spring practice
2017 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Completed 7-of-11 passes against Buffalo and also rushed six times for 32 yards in his first game action since Nov. 7, 2015, at Ohio State where he played one snap • lone rush at Oregon State was a 64-yard touchdown, which was the first of his career • completed 11-of-20 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns (first touchdown passes of his career and all to Tyler Johnson) versus Michigan State • rushed seven times for 31 yards against the Spartans.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in three games as a reserve • completed 7-of-17 passes for 34 yards • rushed nine times for 38 yards. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate and season debut at Northwestern, where he was 5-of-11 for 27 yards • first offensive play of his career was a rush for 11 yards • completed 2-of-5 passes for seven yards at Purdue and also rushed three times for 34 yards • replaced an injured Mitch Leidner for one play at Ohio State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Boylan High School • played in 10 games as a senior and passed for 2,011 yards and 21 touchdowns • also rushed for 845 yards and 10 scores • named Honorable Mention All-State • competed in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando where he completed 12-of-15 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns • saw action in 12 games as a junior and passed for 1,879 yards and 16 passes, while rushing for 685 yards and 12 scores • coached by John Cacciatore • ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout • 247Sports taged him as the No. 7 prospect in Illinois, while Rivals had him at No. 18 and ESPN listed him at No. 41 • 247Sports ranked him as the No. 18 dual-threat quarterback in his class, while Rivals slotted him at No. 29 in their quarterback rankings and ESPN had him at No. 48 • Scout listed him as a the No. 1 quarterback in Illinois, the No. 4 quarterback in the Midwest and the No. 26 quarterback in the nation • also lettered in basketball, track and bowling.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 1, 1997 • son of Robert and Shereese Croft • has two sisters (Brooke and Sabiyah).
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Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 6
P.J. Fleck, Jenny Hansen and Abby DeMuse are this week's guests on Ski-U-Mah Weekly which streams on Facebook every Monday.
Game 7: Illinois at Minnesota
Minnesota hosts Illinois at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The game can be watched on the Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.