The Fighting Illini
The Lovie Smith experiment has yet to bear fruit for Illinois: 8-24 and 3-20 in the Big Ten in the former Chicago Bears coachs three years. The Illini are coming off a 63-33 loss at Maryland in which they gave up 712 yards, marking the fourth time theyve surrendered 500 or more yards.
COLLEGE PARK, MD. Zack Annexstad made his first college start on the road, in his first Big Ten game, on Saturday. He found himself trying to rally a young team from behind against an intense pass rush while playing on a bad ankle.
Quarterback Zack Annexstad, who suffered a left ankle injury during Saturdays 26-3 victory over Miami (Ohio), is on track to play at Maryland in the Gophers Big Ten opener on Saturday, coach P.J. Fleck said Monday.
First impressions can be tricky, occasionally misleading, but they provide some insight into an unknown. Its probably safe not to overreact either way.
Zack Annexstad, a true freshman walk-on, will be the Gophers starting quarterback for Thursday nights season opener against New Mexico State.
How does he feel about that?
Well, up until Tuesday morning, we didnt know the Gophers policy is that freshman cannot speak to the media.
Pardon Sam Schlueter if he was a tad bit skeptical.
After all, this new quarterback that joined the Gophers football team in January was only a freshman. And a walk-on at that. Preconceived notions can set in.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck is going all-in on his youth movement, naming true freshman Zack Annexstad as his starting quarterback on Monday for the Aug. 30 season opener against New Mexico State.
Annexstad, a preferred walk-on from Norseland, Minn., who played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., won the job over redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan.