Minnesota star RB Mohamed Ibrahim will miss the rest of the 2021 season after sustaining a lower-leg injury in this past Thursday’s 45-31 home loss to Ohio St.
This is a crushing blow for the Gophers, who have one of the nation’s premier offensive lines and figured to have one of the country’s best ground attacks.
Ibrahim ran for 1,076 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry in just seven games last year. He also had eight catches for 56 yards on his way to earning first-team All-Big-10 honors.
In Phil Steele’s magazine, Ibrahim was a preseason second-team All-American and first-team All-Big-10 selection. He had already produced 163 rushing yards and two TDs on 30 carries before going down late in the third quarter against the Buckeyes.
After going under the tent on the sidelines, he eventually walked to the locker room with a boot on his left foot.
“He’s disappointed,” Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck said. “He’s worked incredibly hard. But it’s football. You can’t control the injuries when you get onto the field, and you’re playing in games. He’s got a great sense about him right now and a great presence. He’s obviously not happy with what happened, but he’s been able to deal with it.”
The fifth-year senior has probably played his last game as a Gopher. If so, he’ll rank eighth in program history in career rushing yards (3,003) and fourth in career rushing TDs with 33.
Minnesota sophomore RBs Trey Potts and Cam Wiley will see an increased work load. Wiley ran for 179 yards and one TD in 2020, averaging 6.2 YPC. Potts had 121 rushing yards and one TD last season with a 6.4 YPC average.
The Gophers host Miami (OH.) on Saturday. The RedHawks lost 49-14 at Cincinnati in their opener. Most spots have Minnesota installed as a 19.5-point home favorite.