Minnesota To Be Without 20 Players Against Purdue (twitter.com)

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been hit hard by COVID-19 related issues and injuries ahead of tonight’s game against the Purdue Boilermakers.

, Minnesota will be without 20 players tonight due to COVID protocol and injuries. Thamel says the Gophers will also be without several staff members, including offensive line coach Brian Callahan.

The Gophers are in the middle of a disappointing 1-3 season, and this certainly doesn’t help. The Boilermakers come into TCF Bank Stadium with a 2-1 record. PJ Fleck is looking to see his team clean up the sloppy play they had last Friday in a blowout home loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

“First of all, it starts with me. 100%,” Fleck said earlier this week of the loss to Iowa. “Everything that happened on Friday night, just like everything that happened this year is 100% my responsibility. I’m 100% accountable for everything that happens on and off the field, always will be. I think there was just too much inconsistency. We were not detailed enough, right?Whether it’s a depth of a route, whether it was a drop of a ball and we had eight drops. That’s not like us.

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“We had more penalties and we have that’s not like us, and that falls 100% on me. We were behind the chains more than we usually are, which affects the play calling. We had two 10 minute drives that comes away with no points,and If I were to have told you that, you’d think I’m crazy. We missed a field goal. It was really poor on my part.”

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