Originally written September 18, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS The Gophers football team didn't list it on this week's depth chart, but all signs point to sophomore Max Shortell taking the snaps as Minnesota's starting quarterback on Saturday against Syracuse. Shortell entered last weekend's game against Western Michigan when starting quarterback MarQueis Gray went down with a high ankle sprain. No timetable has been set for Gray's return, but the injury normally takes at least a few weeks of recovery. Even with his track record as a quick healer, it's doubtful that Gray will take snaps Saturday against the Orange. That means Shortell will likely get his second career start for the Gophers, who improved to 3-0 after last Saturday's win. Shortell's only other start came last year as a true freshman, when he started in place of the injured Gray in a road game against Michigan. Shortell and the Gophers struggled mightily in that game as they were routed 58-0 by the then-No. 19 Wolverines at the Big Ho...
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