Gophers receiver diagnosed with leukemia

A rough stretch for the Minnesota football program continued this week as wide receiver Connor Cosgrove has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Cosgrove, a freshman, is the son of Golden Gophers defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove. According to the Star Tribune, he hadn't been feeling well lately and went in for tests, which revealed he has an acute form of leukemia.

He has started chemotherapy treatments immediately.

"Connor is a special young guy," Gophers coach Tim Brewster said. "He's got a hell of a battle in front of him, and we're going to help him get it done."

Cosgrove hasn't played for Minnesota after transferring from St. Cloud State. His father missed practice Tuesday but has returned to the team and will coach Saturday against No. 18 USC (ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET).

"Kevin's going to spend time at the hospital with his son, but he'll continue with the preparation," Brewster said. "Kevin's trying to be strong for his family and his son, and he will be. But it's obviously a shock. We're going to help him through a tough situation."

Connor Cosgrove's diagnosis is the latest blow for Minnesota. The father of Gophers fullback Jon Hoese died last week after suffering a stroke. And we all know what happened last Saturday against South Dakota.

The program is reeling right now. I can't imagine what a Gophers win against USC would do to lift the spirits in that locker room.

But there are much more important things than football.

Keep Connor Cosgrove in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through his treatment.