Saturday, January 29, 2022

Gophers Football Transfer Tracking: Who Is On The Game, Who Is Out And Who Is Waiting?

The Gophers football program ran several more transactions through the NCAA transfer portal.

Minnesota added a second line-back Monday, Darnell Jeffries of Clemson, and former U quarterback Zach Annextad announced he was heading to Illinois.

“I’m looking forward to the next opportunity and can’t wait to start working with my teammates,” Annextad wrote on social media. “I’m happy to help host the championship in Normal (Illinois).”

Annextad, a Northland, Minnesota native, played seven games for the Gophers like a true rookie in 2018 before being injured. He didn’t regain his starting spot until 2021. He announced his retirement in late November when starter Tanner Morgan said he would be returning for the 2022 season.

On Sunday, former U midfielder Jaquondis Burns from Terrell, Texas, announced that he would be heading to nearby Southern Methodist in Dallas. Burns, a second-year player, left Minnesota after the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on December 28.

“Excited about this new opportunity,” Burns wrote on social media. “LET’S WORK MUSTANG PEOPLE!”

In total, since mid-December, the Gophers have received five new players, and since October, 15 players have left.

Here’s a complete list:

COMING PLAYERS

Linebacker Darnell Jeffries (Clemson)
Forward Quinn Carroll (Notre Dame)
Lorenza Sergers (Vanderbilt) Linebacker
Corner-back Bishop Bishop (Western Kentucky)
Corner-back Ryan Stapp (Abilene Christian)

SHIPPING WITH KNOWN DIRECTIONS

Defender Zach Annextad (Illinois)
Midfielder Yakwondis Burns (SMU)
Linebacker M.J. Anderson, Iowa
Receiver Brady Boyd (Texas Tech Institute)
Backward Cam Wiley (Akron)
Tight End Austin Henderson (Liberty)
Linebacker Rashod Cheney (South Florida)
Midfielder DJ Gordon (South Florida)

SHIPPING WITH KNOWN LINKS

Backward Kai Thomas (Kansas, Colorado, Kansas)
Offensive line player Curtis Dunlap (TX)
Mnamdi Adim Madumere Receiver (Samford, Southwest Minnesota, Central Arkansas)

SHIPPING WITHOUT KNOWN LINKS

Defender Jacob Clarke
Forward Saya Mapakaitolo
Receiver Dylan Hillard-McGill
Kicker Michael Lanz

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