Minnesota to be without Decker against Wisconsin

Gophers receiver Eric Decker will miss this weekâÄôs game against Wisconsin, head coach Tim Brewster announced Tuesday. Decker is nursing a left ankle sprain that he suffered Nov. 1 against Northwestern. He started SaturdayâÄôs game against Michigan, but finished with just one catch and was out for good after halftime. The Gophers offense sputtered without Decker, gaining a season-low 188 yards . Quarterback Adam Weber finished just 13-for-24 , also a season low for completions, as the offense managed just one first down in the first half. Brewster said the injury isnâÄôt major, and that heâÄôs hopeful about DeckerâÄôs possible return for the final game of the regular season, against Iowa on Nov. 22. âÄúHe just needs time away,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúHis misfortune is another man’s opportunity.âÄù That opportunity will be available to the three freshman receivers brought in by the Gophers this season. True freshmen Brodrick Smith and Brandon Green are both listed as starters on the teamâÄôs Tuesday depth chart, and DaâÄôJon McKnight could get a shot, too. Green caught two passes for 36 yards Saturday, and leads all freshman receivers with 180 receiving yards this year. Smith has just three catches for five yards, and McKnight has only one career reception. Decker named Biletnikoff finalist Shortly after the Gophers announced Decker would sit out against Wisconsin, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club named Decker one of 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff award, given to the nationâÄôs top receiver. Decker led the nation in receiving earlier in the year and looked like a shoe-in for the award, but with minus-five receiving yards Saturday and a sprained ankle keeping him out of this weekâÄôs game, itâÄôs a tough call. The other finalists are Oklahoma StateâÄôs Dez Bryant, MissouriâÄôs Chase Coffman, BYUâÄôs Quan Cosby, Texas TechâÄôs Michael Crabtree, RiceâÄôs Jarrett Dillard, North TexasâÄô Casey Fitzgerald, MissouriâÄôs Jeremy Maclin and KansasâÄô Kerry Meier.