Minnesota beginning quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis posted on X, previously often called Twitter, his determination to enter the switch portal Tuesday afternoon. Kaliakmanis’s determination got here after days of speaking along with his household about his future.
The selection to switch comes a day after Minnesota provided New Hampshire quarterback Max Brosmer a scholarship.
Thanks Minnesota ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MK2CsxGYYE
— Athan Kaliakmanis (@aajk_23) November 28, 2023
Brosmer led the FCS in passing yards with 3,449, was second in passing touchdowns with 29 and solely threw 5 interceptions.
Kaliakmanis performed on the Large Ten stage, however his stats this season left loads to be desired with 1,838 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck stated in the course of the Wisconsin post-game press convention on Saturday that Kaliakmanis’ play over the season was inconsistent.
“I really like him as an individual and I feel he did lots of nice issues this yr however I assumed lots of issues, as [he is] a Large Ten quarterback, he is aware of he’s obtained to get higher at,” Fleck stated.
The inconsistency within the second halves performed a job in Minnesota’s four-game dropping streak to finish the common season. Within the second half of these 4 video games, Kaliakmanis averaged 56.8 yards on a 38.1% completion price with a complete of two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Gophers offensive coordinator Greg Harbaugh Jr. stated in a Nov. 22 press convention main as much as the Wisconsin recreation that Kaliakmanis had grown loads over the season.
“I take into consideration how Athan is aware of he’s not there but,” Harbaugh stated. “More often than not, when he makes a mistake, it’s one thing that’s simply correctable or one thing that he hasn’t seen. He’s restricted the quantity of occasions he’s put the ball in hurt’s approach.”
Minnesota completed the season with a document of 5-7, however a last-second discipline aim by Hawaii to knock off Colorado State made them bowl-game eligible. With Kaliakmanis opting to depart this system, the Gophers will probably be with out their ordinary beginning quarterback for his or her bowl recreation, whose opponent continues to be but to be decided.
Freshman quarterback Drew Viotto has additionally opted to enter the switch portal, he introduced on X Thursday night. The 2 quarterbacks left on the roster are Cole Kramer and Max Shikenjanski.
As of Tuesday night, Fleck has not introduced who would be the beginning quarterback for Minnesota’s coming bowl recreation.
Kaliakmanis leaves Minnesota having crushed and misplaced to Minnesota’s two largest rivals, Wisconsin and Iowa, throughout his quick stint because the beginning quarterback.