Gophers' Hamilton to have season-ending knee surgery

Updated: August 26, 2003, 9:31 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota wide receiver Paris Hamilton, a junior-college transfer who was expected to receive significant playing time, will have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

"He could help this football team, but it's in his best interests right now to undergo surgery and start down the road of rehab as fast as he can," Gophers coach Glen Mason said Tuesday evening.

Hamilton, who hurt his knee during a summer workout, played in a simulated game last weekend and declared himself fit to play in Minnesota's opener Saturday against Tulsa. Mason said Hamilton didn't suffer a setback, but the coaches decided he didn't look strong enough for the season and suggested surgery.

Hamilton, considered by some to be the best junior-college receiver available, averaged 24 yards per reception for Tyler Junior College in Texas the past two seasons. Since he's a transfer, he won't be eligible to redshirt. The Gophers expect him back for his senior year.

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