The Minnesota Golden Gophers look like a team that could make some noise in the Big Ten West at 3-0. They open their conference schedule this weekend against the Penn State Nittany Lions, but they will be without a big part of their defense as defensive end Tai’yon Devers will not be available for the game.
It was reported Thursday that the freshman has been dealing with an ankle injury and he would not be able to play against the Nittany Lions on Saturday. This is a big blow since he leads the Golden Gophers with three sacks on the year.
Devers made national headlines last weekend when he demolished Colorado State quarterback Collin Hill and sent his helmet flying. Head coach Tracy Claeys said that the Rams tried to cut block Devers in that game and that might be where the injury came from.
“He has to learn to protect himself,” Claeys told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. “He’s going to see that a little more.”
Devers has also added three forced fumbles this year for the Golden Gophers, so it is safe to say that he will be missed on the field this weekend. Minnesota takes to Beaver Stadium to face off against Penn State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Big Ten Network.