LINCOLN, Neb. – Gopher's starting quarterback Zack Annex City suffered an internal midsection injury Saturday and was taken to a…
LINCOLN, Neb. – Gopher’s starting quarterback Zack Annex City suffered an internal midsection injury Saturday and was taken to a hospital in the half-time of Nebraska’s 53-28 victory at the Memorial Stadium.
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said he saw something affecting Annexstad late in the first half. “He coughed a lot, and our coach did a good job of jumping into action,” said Fleck.
Annex City was released from the hospital and joined the team for its flight back to Minnesota on Saturday night, a spokesman said.
“They wanted to take him in based on the tests they did in half-time,” said Fleck.
Annex City was injured while walking 9-20 of 20 passes for 1
35 meters and a touchdown. Backup Tanner Morgan came on and finished 11 of 16 passes for 214 meters, without touchdowns and a intercept. He added four berries for 35 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“I thought Tanner got there and played a really good second half, getting us back in the match,” said Fleck.
Morgan led two third touchdown devices to cut Cornhusker’s lead to 28-22. Each was demarcated by rushing touchdowns, from Mohamed Ibrahim and Seth Green. The latter was founded by a trick game, a reverse flea flicker, from Morgan, who fought when he threw a finish to Green for 31 meters.
Morgan, who lost the first QB job to Annex City in fall camps, knew his teammate after the match.
“I just hope and ask that he’s okay,” Morgan said. “… He is our brother and we want him to be as healthy as possible.”
Running back Shannon Brooks did not travel to Nebraska.
Brooks, who traveled to Columbus last week but did not play in the 30-14 loss to Ohio State, has been postponed last Sunday’s arrest on suspicions of domestic attacks involving his male mate who was not injured according to a police report from Minneapolis.
Brooks was detained until Monday, when the law firm in the Minneapolis Charter refused to impose charges for a fifth degree offense crime. The law firm has continued to investigate the incident and said that a conclusion is expected next week.
“Everything is still developing,” said Fleck after the match. “Again, I take things very seriously, so when things happen we will choose to do the right thing.”
Fleck said that Brooks would train on Thursday for the first time during the week, which apparently increased the possibility that he could make his season debut against Cornhuskers. He has rehabbing a broken front corsal ligament injury since late winter and the plan has been for him to play in up to four games based on a new NCAA rule. He was medically cleansed to play on Sunday.
Gopher’s starting defense Antonio Shenault left Saturday’s game with head injury, said Fleck. … Defensive tackle O.J. Smith did not play in a second consecutive game because of head injury. … Cornerback Terell Smith returned from a head injury that prevented him from the Buckeyes game. He tackles five.