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Minnesota will play without Lipscomb, Brock

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Minnesota will be without one of its top recruits, as well as its starting free safety from last season, when the team takes the field for 2009.

As previously reported, heralded running back recruit Hasan Lipscomb didn't qualify academically for this season and will head to junior college. Lipscomb could have been in the mix for significant carries had he qualified.

Minnesota also announced Tuesday night that safety Tramaine Brock will not return after failing to qualify academically. Brock, who appeared in all 13 games last year and finished third on the team with 73 tackles, withdrew from school in January and missed spring practice because of academic reasons. Head coach Tim Brewster initially expected Brock to re-enroll in the summer and be ready for the season, but things obviously didn't work out.

While Lipscomb could return to Minnesota next year, Brock's career with the Gophers is over after one year. Wisconsin transfer Kim Royston is expected to step into Brock's role this season.

Brewster also announced Tuesday that offensive line recruit Josh Campion will miss the 2009 after undergoing surgery.