According to the Star Tribune on Thursday, three Gophers left the football program over winter break. All three are from the defensive side of the ball.
Brendan Beal, linebacker, originally transferred from Florida for optimal playing time, headlines the list.
Beal tore an ACL three times during college, including late last season. He is the only member on the list to leave for medical reasons. The linebacker will stay enrolled at the University of Minnesota.
The former Florida transfer played in 11 games this season, amounting 16 tackles. It was the first time Gopher fans got to see Beal in action.
The other two members, Matt Garin and Eric Jacques, are both redshirt juniors. Both played on the defensive line. Without probable playing time next season, the two will graduate in May.
Kenny Watkins, another redshirt junior, announced a similar decision at the end of the regular season.
Garin, a defensive end, began his Gopher career with success. The junior out of Eastview high school in Minnesota started six games in his freshman campaign and played in all 12 games. This season, he did not play a down.
Jacques established himself as a defensive tackle during the beginning of the 2011 season. He played in seven games that season. The Floridian tacked on two tackles in four games last season.
Max Shortell and AJ Barker also left the program before the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
This leaves Minnesota with three more scholarships and only 14 in the expected senior class next season.