Head coach Tracy Claeys announced this morning that linebacker Cody Poock will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season. Poock originally injured his shoulder against Penn State, causing him to miss games against Iowa and Maryland. In seven games this season, Poock totaled 24 tackles for the Gophers.
With Poock done, Minnesota will be shorthanded at middle linebacker against Nebraska on Saturday, as Nick Rallis will miss the first half due to that ridiculous targeting penalty in the closing minute of the Purdue game. Evidently the Big Ten does not review targeting penalties after the game is over, which is patently absurd considering the controversial enforcement of the targeting rule.
Freshman Thomas Barber is listed behind Rallis at middle linebacker on the depth chart, but the Gophers also leaned on sophomore walk-on Blake Cashman against Purdue, a game where he collected five tackles, including two sacks. Claeys also mentioned that Jack Lynn will fill in at middle linebacker, as well. Yay, depth!
The rest of the depth chart is unchanged, aside from two changes that could be nothing more than window dressing: Tai’yon Devers is at second-string defensive end for the first time this season, and Gaelin Elmore has regained his starting spot.