Minnesota Golden Gophers starting quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis announced Tuesday that he will enter the transfer portal will two years of eligibility remaining.
This is a shocking development for Minnesota, even if Kaliakmanis’s first season as the full-time starter didn’t live up to expectations. In 12 games this season, he completed 53.1 percent of his passes and threw for 1,838 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
The departure of Kaliakmanis leaves the Gophers’ quarterback room in chaos. The only other scholarship quarterbacks are the roster are fifth-year senior Cole Kramer and true freshman Drew Viotto. Minnesota currently has a verbal commitment from high school prospect Drake Lindsey, who is expected to enroll in the spring if he signs in December.
UPDATE: The Pioneer Press’s Andy Greder reported that a source “reiterated that head coach P.J. Fleck appreciated what Kaliakmanis brought to the U. At some point in the last few days, Fleck met with the quarterback position group and he could not fully commit or guarantee who the starting quarterback would be in the 2024 season, and that the program would entertain quarterback competition via the portal for next fall.”