Minnesota offensive lineman leaves program

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Minnesota offensive lineman Jason Meinke has decided to leave the program, head coach Tim Brewster announced Wednesday afternoon.

Meinke, a 6-5, 278-pound offensive tackle, appeared in 17 games for Minnesota and started eight games last fall. The Gophers have restructured the offense behind new coordinator Jedd Fisch and line coach Tim Davis, and they opened spring practice Tuesday with Matt Stommes and junior college transfer Jeff Wills as the first-team tackles.

"Jason has decided to leave the program to focus on academics and finish work on his degree here at the U.," Brewster said in a statement. "We thank Jason for his contributions and his hard work and wish him the best."