Gophers QB Max Shortell Leaving The "U"

Created: 12/04/2012 1:39 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long

Jerry Kill's first quarterback signee at Minnesota is cutting his tenure short.

A statement released by Kill says sophomore Max Shortell plans to transfer.

“Max is an outstanding young man, and I respect and understand his decision to transfer,” Kill says in the statement. “I will help him in any way I can and wish him all the best as he continues his education and football career elsewhere.”

Shortell appeared in seven games this season.  In his two seasons at Minnesota, he threw for 1,162 yard, 8 TD's and 7 interceptions with a 53-percent completion percentage.

The emergence of freshman Philip Nelson bumped Shortell down the depth chart in the later part of the 2012 season.  Nelson certainly appears to have a firm grasp on the starting position looking ahead to the 2013 season.

There is no indication where Shortell, a native of the Kansas City area, will look to transfer.