The first Gophers football player to decide to leave the program this winter is a big one.
Quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis said Tuesday he intends to enter the NCAA transfer portal. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Kaliakmanis’ decision comes a day after the U offered New Hampshire grad transfer QB Max Brosmer in the portal on Monday.
Message from Kaliakmanis on social networks declared that his choice comes “after several days of discussion with my family”.
He added, “Thank you to the Minnesota coaching staff who believed in me before I stepped foot on this campus. I cannot fully express my gratitude to you. To all Gopher fans, I am so grateful to have been a part of this incredible and passionate university and community. … Minnesota will always be an important place in my life and one that I believe has helped me grow tremendously as a player and a man over the past three years.
In his first full season as a starter at the U, Kaliakmanis completed just 53 percent of his passes (156-for-294) for 1,838 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games. Kaliakmanis’ passer rating (115.17) is 100th in the nation this season, and his completion percentage (53) is outside the top 100.
The Gophers’ quarterback depth is young. The U did not add a quarterback the year after Kaliakmanis committed to the 2021 class.
Backup quarterback Cole Kramer participated in senior day against Wisconsin on Saturday and appears to be leaving the United States. The third player is true freshman Drew Viotto, with Max Shikenjanski the fourth player. Drake Lindsey is the QB of the 2024 recruiting class.