The Gophers suffered a loss on Monday when it was announced by Head Coach Jerry Kill that tight end Duke Anyanwu would miss the entire 2014 season.
The 6-4, 250-pound redshirt sophomore tight end injured his knee during practice on Saturday and reports sounded not very optimistic of his recovery. Our own staff writer in Kyle Heikes describe the injury as, “Duke was in a lot of pain. Down on the ground yelling in pain for a few minutes before being assisted off the field. It was pretty scary.”
It was expected that he would contribute this season behind starting tight end Maxx Williams as the previous year, he did not register a catch all season. It does help that there is depth at the tight end position with freshmen Brandon Lingen and Gaelin Elmore coming in, who could provide instant impact, but at the very least give the position depth.
This is not Anyanwu’s first major injury as he tore his ACL in his left knee during a practice before his first year on campus, which made his miss the 2012 season. The latest injury was to his other knee.