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Minnesota Football: Andre McDonald Transferring to UW-River Falls

The Gophers lose their third player in the past week to transfer, though this one is a little less surprising.

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Per Joe C of the Strib, much maligned sophomore WR Andre McDonald is transferring to Wisconsin-River Falls, a Division III school where he'll be eligible to play immediately. The former prized recruit from Hopkins played just one season in Maroon and Gold in 2012 before he was suspended prior to the Texas Bowl and was not enrolled in school the entire spring semester. He returned for the summer and fall practice, only to be suspended again, this time for the entire 2013 season.

In talking with McDonald, Christensen found out his Texas Bowl suspension and leave from the team last spring was due to marijuana use, and the suspension for this past season was due to what McDonald would only call use of "heavier drugs."

Thankfully, it sounds like he has things straightened out, and already has a support system in place at UW-River Falls. In the article Christensen goes through a very turbulent childhood for Andre, and here's hoping he can find stability and peace at River Falls. He plans to play hoops along with football and hopes to finish his education degree.

McDonald is the third player in the past week to leave the program, as fellow wide receiver Jamel Harbison transferred to Mars Hill in North Carolina, while quarterback Philip Nelson announced he's transferring late last week, though he doesn't yet have a destination in mind.

It's unfortunate McDonald couldn't figure things out at The U as he remains a talented and intruiging player at a position that Minnesota has a huge need. Hopefully his story has a happy ending in River Falls, and best of luck to McDonald.