Redshirt freshman Shane Potter to Transfer

Redshirt freshman Shane Potter, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety, is going to transfer from the football program, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Potter missed most of his senior season with a torn ACL suffered in the season opener. Potter helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class AAA title with a 28-0 win over Albany in the Prep Bowl as Becker finished 14-0 his junior year.

Shane Potter has decided to transfer after redshirting as a freshman. Potter has not indicated where he will transfer, but North Dakota State, where former Bulldog teammate Matt Veldman is attending, or nearby St. Cloud State, where his older brother once played, are logical choices. He would be eligible immediately at both places. If he transferred to a Division I school, he would have to sit out the 2008 season, meaning he would have played in just one game in three seasons.

Potter suffered a torn ACL in the Bulldogs' season opener against Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst. He scored both touchdowns in the loss. Potter caught a 14-yard pass from Seth Hubbard with 6:21 to go in the third quarter. He finished with six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He hurt his right knee on his second TD catch, a two-yarder that made it 21-14. Rockhurst scored a late touchdown to make it 28-14.

Potter was named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and KARE-11 and All-State by the Associated Press after he caught 52 passes for 918 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns as a junior. He was held somewhat in check in the championship game as he caught just two passes for 15 yards. However, he did score on a 6-yard touchdown and had six solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up. Potter finished the season with over 200 rushing yards last year.

Potter had caught seven passes for 147 yards with one touchdown to lead the Bulldogs to a 21-3 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake in the semifinals of the Class AAA football tournament.

Potter had been plagued by injuries in Becker's tournament runs. He was injured in a 10-6 loss to Glencoe in the 2003 semifinals. He fractured his ankle in three places in Becker's semifinal victory in 2006, then tried to play in the final against East Grand Forks, but had to leave after one series of a 31-14 loss.

Potter comes from a football family. Oldest brother Kyle played at Fergus Falls Community College and Derek was an All-State selection as a junior and had gotten some early Minnesota interest before signing with Division II St. Cloud State.

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