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Minnesota Football: NCAA grants medical redshirts for Demetrius Douglas and Antoine Winfield, Jr.

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Two key players for the Gophers will take redshirts after both were sidelined early last season with injuries

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach P.J. Fleck confirmed on WCCO this morning that the NCAA has granted medical redshirts for wide receiver Demetrius Douglas and defensive back Antoine Winfield, Jr.

Douglas, who will now enter next season as a redshirt freshman, recorded 11 receptions for 83 receiving yards through three games last year as a true freshman before suffering a foot injury that cost him the final nine games of the season.

Winfield, Jr. will return as a redshirt sophomore this fall after missing the final eight games of the season last year due to a hamstring injury. He tallied 20 tackles, one sack, two pass breakups, and a blocked field goal last season prior to being sidelined.

Earlier this spring, the NCAA also granted a sixth year of eligibility for defensive tackle O.J. Smith, a transfer from Alabama who will now have two years of eligibility left.