Former Minnesota Golden Gophers starting quarterback Demry Croft announced right after the season that he would be transferring from the U for next season. On Sunday he announced he new home. Croft announced on twitter that he will be transferring to Tennessee State University for the second semester.
Tennessee State is a FCS school in the Ohio Valley Conference located in Nashville. Since Croft is dropping down a level to FCS he will be eligible to immediately play in 2018. Croft will need to compete for playing time as the Tigers return two quarterbacks who started for them in 2017 former Florida Gators QB Treon Harris who will be a senior in 2018 and Michael Hughes who will be a junior.
Croft finished his Minnesota career with a 2-4 record in six Big Ten starts. He finished the season 51-123 passing with 674 yard, four touchdowns and seven interceptions. On the ground he added 79 rushes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Croft began the season as the co-starting QB with senior Conor Rhoda and played in both the Buffalo and Oregon State games before he was suspended for violation unspecifed team rules and missing the next three games. Croft replaced Connor Rhoda in the second quarter of Minnesota’s loss to Michigan State and appeared to be the answer after throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to pull Minnesota within three points. But he would throw just one more touchdown pass in the Gophers final six games.
He set the Minnesota rushing record for rushing yards by a quarterback in Minnesota’s 54-21 win over Nebraska. Croft ran the ball ten times for 183 yards and the touchdowns. Passing he never seemed to find the touch he had against the Spartans and completed five or fewer passes in four of his six starts.
As of right now, Minnesota will enter the 2018 season with only redshirt sophomore Seth Green as the only Gopher QB to have taken a snap. Green took only 8 snaps this season and did not throw a single pass. The spring will bring quarterback competition to Minnesota as Green will compete for the job with redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan, and Juco First Team All-American Vic Viramontes assuming he signs as expected on Wednesday.