MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left foot in the first quarter of the Big Ten opener at Maryland.
Coach P.J. Fleck said Sunday the Gophers were “heartbroken” for Winfield, who suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight year in the 42-13 loss Saturday. The Terrapins rushed for 315 yards in the game.
Last season, Winfield played in only four games and was granted a medical redshirt after suffering a hamstring injury. Fleck said the team believes Winfield will meet the NCAA’s waiver requirement for a sixth year of eligibility. If granted, Winfield would have three years left.
Winfield had a punt return for a touchdown this season, plus an interception and a fumble recovery.
The No. 7 University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated the University of Maryland in straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-18) in front of 5,444 fans tonight. With the win, the Gophers improve to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten while Maryland drops to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Stephanie Samedy led the team with 13 kills, while hitting .310. She was followed by Adanna Rollins, who posted her second double-double of the week with 11 kills and a team-high 15 digs. Alexis Hart and Taylor Morgan each contributed nine kills. Samantha Seliger-Swenson put up 31 assists and Sara Nielsen set a career-high with six assists. In the back row, CC McGraw had 14 digs and Lauren Barnes had eight. Regan Pittman led the team with five blocks including one solo.
As a team, Minnesota outhit Maryland .252 to .089 and had a 49-32 kill advantage. The Gophers put up 52 digs to Maryland’s 49. Each team had nine blocks.