WR Connor Cosgrove diagnosed with leukemia

WR Connor Cosgrove diagnosed with leukemia

Josh Katzenstein

Gophers wide receiver Connor Cosgrove has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, coach Tim Brewster said after WednesdayâÄôs practice. Cosgrove, 19, is a redshirt freshman who walked on to the Minnesota football team after transferring from St. Cloud State. âÄúHe wasnâÄôt feeling well lately and we ran some tests, and unfortunately they came back and showed that he has an acute form of leukemia,âÄù said Brewster who learned of the diagnosis Tuesday. Cosgrove is the son of co-defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove . Brewster said his father missed TuesdayâÄôs practice but returned Wednesday. Connor began chemotherapy at an area hospital immediately after the diagnosis, Brewster said. âÄúThis is a challenge, and weâÄôre going to help a brother and teammate through it,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúThis team, recently, has been challenged awful hard.âÄù Just more than one week ago, senior fullback Jon HoeseâÄôs father passed away. Terry Hoese, who suffered a stroke weeks before, was just 53. Kevin Cosgrove will coach in SaturdayâÄôs game, Brewster said, but plans on spending time with his son at the hospital. The Gophers host No. 18 Southern Cal at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. âÄúItâÄôs life,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúItâÄôs life, and dealing with lifeâÄôs challenges is something that we all have to do and weâÄôll do that. WeâÄôll rally together again and get it done.âÄù