Minnesota starting cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
"It's certainly a blow to our football team," coach Jerry Kill told reporters Tuesday.
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Boddy-Calhoun was injured on the third play of the Gophers' win over New Mexico State this past Saturday. Boddy-Calhoun (5-feet-11, 186 pounds), a junior, was in his first season as a starter. He returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown in the Gophers' season-opening win over UNLV; it was the third-longest interception return in school history.
Boddy-Calhoun moved into the starting lineup in fall camp after Derrick Wells injured a shoulder and hamstring. Boddy-Calhoun's spot in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against FCS opponent Western Illinois could go to Wells, now healthy, or senior Martez Shabazz. Wells (6-0, 206), a converted safety, is Minnesota's most physical corner.
The secondary has one game to adjust to Boddy-Calhoun's loss. While Western Illinois' passing attack shouldn't tax Minnesota that much, the Gophers play San Jose State on Sept. 21. Spartans quarterback David Fales definitely will test the revamped secondary.