QB Demry Croft has returned to Minnesota’s football team, head coach P.J. Fleck announced in his Tuesday press conference.
#Gophers QB Demry Croft is back on the team, coach PJ Fleck said. But it seems like he still has a lot to prove going forward.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 3, 2017
Croft left the team prior to the Gophers’ Week 3 game against Middle Tennessee State for what Fleck called “personal issues.”
“He is dealing with some personal issues that are way, way more important than football, so it’s my job as a head football coach to get him what he needs,” Fleck said at the time, according to the Pioneer Press. “We are going to help him any way we can. I’m not going to get into that, in respect to his privacy and his personal life.”
Fleck announced before the season that Croft and Conor Rhoda would both start at quarterback for Minnesota, then named Rhoda the full-time starter just before he announced Croft’s departure. Croft is now listed as the third-string quarterback behind Rhoda and Seth Green. Croft was 7-for-12 for 63 yards against Buffalo in Week 1, and did not attempt a pass in Week 2 against Oregon State. He did, however, have a 64-yard run in Week 2.