Gophers RG Caleb Bak announces he won't be returning for senior season
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Minnesota Gophers starting right guard Caleb Bak announced via Twitter Tuesday that he will not be returning for his senior season.
big thanks to everyone that has supported me over the last 4 years. Sad to say I won't be returning for my final year of football #GoGophers— Caleb Bak (@0xluc1d) May 27, 2014
Bak didn't elaborate on the reason for his decision, but he has been dealing with the ongoing effects of a concussion for the last several months.
Beginning in his sophomore season, Bak started 20 straight games until suffering a concussion that kept him sidelined for the final four games of the 2013 season, including Minnesota's appearance in the Texas Bowl. Bak still earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors, despite missing time.
Bak participated in portions of the Gophers' recent spring practices but was forced to sit out the majority of them due to reoccurring concussion symptoms.
Losing an experienced player like Bak is a tough blow for the Gophers, but Minnesota's improving offensive line has built up enough depth in the last three years to move on from the loss.
Redshirt sophomore Foster Bush took over the starting spot last season after Bak was injured. Fellow redshirt sophomore Isaac Hayes, who took his spring reps at right guard, could be Bush's main competition for playing time in the fall. Redshirt junior Joe Bjorklund has logged time at right guard in the past two seasons and could be in the mix as well. Bjorklund spent the spring at left guard behind Zac Epping.
The Gophers return seven offensive lineman with starting experience (Bush, Epping, RT Josh Campion, LT Marek Lenkiewicz, LT Ben Lauer, C Tommy Olson and C Jon Christenson).