Annexstad out indefinitely after suffering foot injury

Quarterback Zack Annexstad was the opening day starter for Minnesota last year.

Quarterback Zack Annexstad throws the ball during the Gophers football spring game at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 12.

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Quarterback Zack Annexstad throws the ball during the Gophers football spring game at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 12.

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In a press release sent out Saturday morning, Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck announced that quarterback Zack Annexstad is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury during practice on Friday. 

Fleck did not set a timetable on when the sophomore is going to return. Annexstad was the opening day starter for Minnesota last year, starting the first seven games. In those games, the Gophers had a 3-4 record and amassed 1,277 passing yards on 97 completions.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we feel terrible for Zack,” Fleck told Gopher Sports. “He worked extremely hard in the spring and summer to put himself in position to compete for the starting job, and I know he will recover from this setback to be even stronger. Zack is an elite teammate and person, and I look forward to him being an important part of the team as a leader while he is recovering.”

In what was shaping up to be a key position battle in camp between two quarterbacks, Tanner Morgan now has full reign of the Gophers’ offense for the foreseeable future. Morgan played well after he took over for Annexstad last season. He had 1,401 yards passing on 89 completions. He led the Gophers to a strong 4-2 finish.

Fleck and the Gophers will have their Family Day at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, which is their first open practice to the public and the media as they get ready for the 2019 season.