Mohamed Ibrahim, Big Ten’s annual defending champion, is absent this season.
Minnesota coach PJ Fleck confirmed on Monday that the running back star will undergo end-of-season surgery after a calf injury in the late third quarter of Minnesota’s 45-31 loss to Ohio State. Although he did not specify the details of the injury, Fleck expects the fifth-year senior to fully recover within four to six months.
“He was disappointed,” Fleck said. (Via ESPN). “He works very hard. But this is football. You can’t control the injury when you are on the field, and you are playing in the game. He feels good about him now, and he has a good presence. He is obviously not happy about what happened. Thing, but he can handle it.”
Before the calf injury in the third quarter, Ibrahim had 163 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns and 30 touchdowns. He tried to walk away, but later had to be helped to enter the injury tent in Minnesota from the sidelines. He stepped on his walking boot to enter the locker room and did not return.
His first touchdown of the season, a 1-yard touchdown, gave the Gophers a 14-10 lead over the Buckeyes before halftime. In the previous game, his 56-yard run in the fourth game stimulated another touchdown for the Golden Gophers.
Losing Ibrahim to Minnesota’s offense would be a huge blow as he ranks eighth in team history with 3,003 rushing yards and fourth in 33 rushing touchdowns in four seasons. . His last touchdown before the injury helped Minnesota gain some confidence before taking the lead at Ohio State.
Ibrahim is also being considered for the 2022 NFL Draft, but his recovery schedule may affect his potential shares. Depending on the severity of his unspecified injury, Ibrahim’s return to the game at his current level of play may face a tougher battle.
Minnesota will now rely on red-shirt sophomore Treson Potts, who played for Ibrahim and made 10 34-yard passes after he quit. Although Potts is inexperienced, in his two seasons with Minnesota, his rushing yards were 172 yards and two touchdowns, but he will compete with the red-shirt junior Bryce Williams and the red-shirt big The second student Cam Willie rotates to develop his skills.