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Minnesota Football: Benny Sapp III enters the transfer portal

The Gophers’ depth is now razor thin at safety

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Minnesota at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Defensive back Benny Sapp III has announced via Twitter that he is entering the transfer portal, signaling the end of his career at the University of Minnesota.

Sapp was sought-after recruit in high school, drawing scholarship offers from Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, and a bevy of other Power 5 programs after his sophomore season before knee injuries and multiple surgeries derailed his recruitment. He ended up signing with Minnesota, but struggled to see meaningful snaps in his first two seasons of limited action with the Gophers. Sapp had been competing with sophomore Tyler Nubin for the vacant starting safety spot, but did not see the field against Michigan in last week’s season opener.

The Gophers will now only have four scholarship safeties on the roster the rest of the way: Nubin, Jordan Howden, Michael Dixon, and Abner Dubar.