The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team received some good news on Thursday when the news broke that defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and will now have two seasons of eligibility to play for the Gophers.
#Gophers football program gets big news of Norte Dame grad transfer Micah Dew-Treadway granted a second year of eligibility at the U, @PioneerPress had learned. He comes out of spring ball as Minnesota’s starting nose tackle.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) April 25, 2019
The transfer from Notre Dame Fighting Irish practiced with Minnesota this spring and is slated to play a large role on the defensive line for the Gophers in the fall. He graduate transferred from Notre Dame where in four years he played in 21 games. He played in all 12 games in 2018 as a redshirt junior and in nine games as a redshirt sophomore in 2017. Dew-Treadway missed the entire 2016 season with a broken foot, but since he already had burned his redshirt in 2015, he lost a year of eligibility.
Minnesota petitioned for a medical waiver for Dew-Treadway’s 2016 season and it was granted now giving him two seasons of eligibility remaining. He currently is near the top of Minnesota’s defensive tackle depth chart and will have two seasons to make an impact.
The same situation happened with Alabama transfer OJ Smith and the Gophers. Smith played last season and it was revealed late in the year that he was granted a sixth year of eligibility. However Smith decided to leave the U and enter the NFL Draft instead of playing a sixth season.
Bursch to Transfer
While Minnesota got good news about Dew-Treadway, the news also came out on Thursday that redshirt freshman tight end Nathan Bursch has entered the transfer portal. Bursch was originally recruited by Tracy Claeys and then was kept in PJ Fleck’s initial three-week recruiting class along with the rest of the in-state recruits who were previously committed. Bursch initially was a tight end, then was moved to offensive tackle, and then back to tight end. He never got into a game for the Gophers, and was currently buried deep on the tight end depth chart.
His player page is already missing from gophersports.com, so I think its nearly guaranteed he will find a new school for the 2019 season any beyond.