Minnesota is hopeful that MarQueis Gray can become its go-to wide receiver after recording 98 yards and a touchdown last week against USC.
Gray and the other wideouts need to elevate their play Saturday because junior Troy Stoudermire won't be with them. Stoudermire has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.
Coach Tim Brewster announced the suspension Wednesday but didn't provide many details, saying only, "We'll work with him."
Stoudermire had six receptions for 114 yards this season, but he'll be missed mainly on special teams. He ranks second in the Big Ten in kick return average (23.3 ypr) and needs only 179 yards to become the conference's all-time leader in kick return yards.
Sophomore Bryant Allen steps in for Stoudermire in the starting lineup.
Minnesota lacks many proven wideouts and really needs production from Gray and Da'Jon McKnight on Saturday night against Northern Illinois.
Just another setback in a very rough stretch for the Gophers' program.