Gophers CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun out for year with torn ACL, MCL
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Gophers starting junior cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL, coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday.
Boddy-Calhoun went down on the second play of the Gophers' victory at New Mexico State last Saturday after getting hit awkwardly on his right knee by the helmet of an incoming player.
"Briean's is a critical injury, because he was probably playing at the highest level of any defensive back that we have," Kill said.
After rising up the depth chart following a strong showing in spring practice and fall camp, Boddy-Calhoun had moved into a key role for the Gophers at corner. With junior Derrick Wells sidelined due to injury in the opening game of the season, Boddy-Calhoun took over Wells' spot, impressing with an interception returned for a touchdown.
Boddy-Calhoun will likely be granted a medical redshirt, allowing him to retain two years of eligibility.
Boddy-Calhoun's injury is certainly a major loss for the Gophers' secondary, although there is depth to be had at corner. It becomes imperative that Wells stays healthy and provides an imposing physical presence on the edge. Sophomore Eric Murray has played strong in his first two games as a starter. Seniors Martez Shabazz, Jeremy Baltazar and junior Marcus Jones will also be needed to serve increased roles.
Kill said the coaching staff is considering taking a redshirt off freshman Jalen Myrick in order to add depth on the backend of the secondar, but more specifically a needed body on special teams.