Gophers linebacker Maresh will transfer to junior college

Sam Maresh will attempt to get his grades up at Anoka-Ramsey community college and will likely play for another junior college this spring. He is considering a return to Minnesota, but isn’t ruling out other schools.

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Maresh will attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College this summer and likely another junior college in the fall

Derek Wetmore

The Gophers athletic program received more bad news this week with projected starting linebacker and Champlin Park native Sam Maresh leaving the University of Minnesota due to academic issues. MareshâÄôs father, Bill, said his son will attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College this summer to boost his GPA and accrue a few more credits toward graduation. Maresh appealed some of his spring semester grades in hopes of restoring his eligibility for the 2010 season, but Bill Maresh said he doesnâÄôt expect the appeals to go through. In that case, Maresh will spend the summer at Anoka-Ramsey, which doesn’t have a football program, and transfer to another junior college in late July, his father said. Maresh would be eligible to transfer back to a Division I school and play two full seasons, per NCAA rules. While the elder Maresh said his son is still considering Minnesota, the recruiting process would start over and he isnâÄôt ruling out any other schools. Maresh originally committed to the Gophers out of Champlin Park High School in April 2007. Shortly after making the decision to stay in Minnesota, the Rivals.com four-star in-state linebacker recruit was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Maresh underwent heart surgery in June 2008 before enrolling at the University in January 2009. Maresh attended the University part-time following his surgery but wasnâÄôt eligible for the 2008 season. He was grayshirted that year, meaning he was attending classes but not on a scholarship and wasnâÄôt eligible to practice or compete with the team. The Gophers redshirted Maresh in his first season of eligibility in 2009. Though he has yet to see the field since committing to the Gophers three years ago, many predicted Maresh would replace the graduated Lee Campbell at starting middle linebacker. Maresh received two citations for underage drinking during his spring semester, University police confirmed. Maresh is now of legal drinking age, having turned 21 at the end of April. MareshâÄôs father said Sam is still applying to junior colleges, and is currently looking at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, among others.