Shortell Sad to Leave Minnesota
Last week, Head Coach Jerry Kill announced quarterback Max Shortell will not return to the University of Minnesota. The sophomore signal caller from Shawnee Mission, Kansas plans to transfer in hopes of playing elsewhere in 2013. "Max is an outstanding young man, and I respect and understand his decision to transfer," Kill said about the Bishop Miege alum. "I will help him in any way I can and wish him all the best as he continues his education and football career elsewhere." "I really enjoyed my time here at the University of Minnesota," Shortell said. "I'm sad things didn't work out." Shortell made an impression in the first game of his college career, stepping in for an injured MarQueis Gray in the Gophers' 2011 season opener at Southern California. "Playing at The Coliseum against USC was a moment I will never forget," he said. "I was proud to do it in a Minnesota uniform, and I'm sad that I won't put it on again." In Shortell's debut, he led the Minnesota comeback against the Trojans, completing 7 of 13 passes for 98 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. The rally fell short as the Gophers lost 19-17 in Los Angeles. In his two years in Minneapolis, Shortell appeared in 15 games, completing 54% of his passes for 1,162 yards and 8 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. "My offensive line is the reason for the success I had here at Minnesota," he said of his blockers. "I appreciate everything they've done for me." The 6-foot-5, 237-pound QB has just begun the process of identifying transfer options. The Gopher staff is actively working with Shortell to help him find a new home for 2013. "I feel I can do well in a pro-style offense," he said. "I wish nothing but the best for the Gophers."
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