Backup QB Max Shortell to leave Minnesota

Minnesota backup quarterback Max Shortell has decided to

transfer to another school following freshman Philip Nelson’s

takeover of the position.

Coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday that he respects the Kansas

native’s choice and ”will help him in any way” he can.

Shortell started two games last season when MarQueis Gray was

injured. He threw three touchdown passes in relief of Gray against

Western Michigan on Sept. 15 and started three more games while

Gray was hurt, but the sophomore was picked off three times at Iowa

on Sept. 29 and injured against Northwestern on Oct. 13. Nelson got

the job the following week.

Shortell has thrown for eight touchdowns, seven interceptions

and a 54 percent completion rate in his career.