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Jundt, stung by playing time, leaves program

Junior wide receiver Mark Jundt quit the Minnesota football team for the second time on Sept. 11.

He said he had repeatedly been told he would get playing time but did not receive any.

Jundt, a redshirt walk-on in 2002, played 20 downs of the Sun Bowl against Oregon in 2003 in the absence of an injured Jared Ellerson. Jundt quit the team for the first time after the Music City Bowl last season after seeing his playing time significantly decrease over the course of the year.

After the Gophers week two win over Colorado State, Jundt decided to leave the team for good.

“The thing is, I thought I had proven I could handle being in a game situation,” Jundt said. “It was just a big letdown to me to think that the coaches don’t have enough confidence in me to put me in a game where the outcome had already been determined.”

Jundt said it was a difficult decision to come back after quitting the first time, but the coaching staff convinced him.

Wide receivers coach Luke Tressel talked to him first, before he had been named to the position. Jundt said Tressel called him and told him he was applying for the wide receivers coaching job, and that he would like to see Jundt back on the team next season.

Hesitant at first, Jundt said he then talked to coach Glen Mason, who echoed Tressel’s sentiments. Jundt decided to rejoin the team, and thought he had a good summer and fall showing.

But after not playing a down through the Gophers first two games, a 41-10 win over Tulsa and a 56-24 romp against Colorado State, Jundt decided to leave the team once again, he said.

“After being told that (I would get playing time), it hurts,” Jundt said. “Because I thought things were going to be different. I put so much work in this summer and this fall and now it’s just gone for nothing.”

Mason and Tressel could not be reached for comment.

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