University of Minnesota to Use Concussion Spotter in Press Box

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported today that beginning with the Northwestern game on Saturday, the University of MInnesota will station an athletic trainer in the press box for the purposes of identifying hits that could have led to a concussion.

The move was precipitated by the controversy at a University of Michigan football game on September 27, where Wolverine Quarterback Shane Morris suffered a brutal hit to the head from Gophers defensive end Theiren Cockran, but was allowed to return to the game a few plays later.

Michigan placed an athletic trainer in the press box the following week.

According to a MIchigan press release, the athletic trainer will be responsible for maintaining a full view of the field of play and identifying any players who may need further evaluation by a medical team member as well as have access to the television video feed and will be able to communicate immediately and directly with medical team members on the sidelines.



Injury updates


Foster Bush, who has started the past nine games at right guard for the Gophers, will miss Saturday’s game with an unspecified injury, Kill said. Cornerback Derrick Wells (hamstring) is listed as questionable for the game.


Starting left guard Zac Epping has been playing through a high-ankle sprain, but Kill said he’s been moving around better. So it sounds like Epping will be ready to make his 40th consecutive start.


Reserve guard Joe Bjorklund also has been banged up, but he should be ready to play, and Isaac Hayes is another top reserve at guard.



Cornerback commits


The Gophers landed a commitment from Antonio Shenault, a cornerback from Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park High School in the Chicago suburbs. The 5-11, 175-pound Shenault is a consensus three-star recruit who also has reported offers from Iowa State and Northern Illinois. He announced the news on Twitter.


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