Tanner Morgan to return for sixth season with Gophers football

Due to the NCAA granting an extra season of eligibility as a result from the COVID-19 pandemic, Morgan is able to return to Minnesota for a sixth season.

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Ethan Fine

Eyes ahead, quarterback Tanner Morgan looks to pass the ball during the Gophers football game against Bowling Green at Huntington Bank Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 25. The Gophers fell to the Falcons, 14-10.

by Tony Liebert, Sports Reporter

After earning a program-best 26th win as a starting quarterback in 2021, Tanner Morgan has opted to return for one final season with the Maroon & Gold.

Tanner Morgan has a 26-12 record as a starting quarterback for the Gophers. He has completed 546 passes (third-most in school history) of 890 attempts (fifth-most in school history) for 7,963 yards (second-most in school history). His career completion percentage of .613 ranks first in school history and his 56 career touchdown passes ranks second.

Following the Gophers upset victory over Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, Morgan became the first Gophers quarterback to defeat the Badgers twice since Asad Abdul-Khaliq did so in 2001 and 2003.

Morgan joins star running back Mohamed Ibrahim as fifth-year players that have announced their intention to return to the Gophers next season. Other fifth-year players with the option to return such as Boye Mafe, Chris Autman-Bell, Esezi Otomewo, Blaise Andries and John Michael Schmitz all partook in senior day festivities against the Badgers, but have yet to announce their plans for the 2022 season.

With the return of Morgan, the Gophers’ quarterback room will look crowded. Redshirt-junior Zack Annexstad, redshirt-sophomores Cole Kramer and Jacob Clark, freshman Athan Kaliakmanis and incoming freshman Jacob Knuth makes six scholarship players at the position next season.