Minnesota’s Caleb Bak Won’t Be Back
Golden Gophers right guard Caleb Bak has announced that concussions will keep him from playing football this year. Bak started 24 games for Minnesota over the past three years. His absence is just one more reason why the Gophers will not be Nebraska this year.
Let's count the reasons:
The departure of Philip Nelson who accounted for 207 yards and three touchdowns for Minnesota in their victory over Nebraska.
The graduation of Ra'Shede Hageman who had two tackles for loss including a sack against the Huskers a year ago.
The loss of Bak who helped pave the way for 271 rushing yards by Minnesota (including 55 by Nelson).
The change of venue from Minneapolis to Lincoln.
The graduation of starting fullback Mike Henry (who had a 20-yard reception against NU).
The graduation of H-back Derrick Engel (who caught a 33-yard touchdown against the Huskers).
The graduation of linebackers Aaron Hill (who forced a fumble against Nebraska) and James Manuel.
The loss of cornerback Brock Vereen (who had four solo tackles and broke up a pass against NU).
The loss of starting kicker Chris Hawthorne (who connected on two field goals including a 45-yarder against the Huskers) and long snapper Jake Filkins.
Yes, the Huskers have lost their share to graduation, but considering that Nebraska tends to outrecruit Minnesota NU is better equipped to reload.