Minnesota starting guard won't return for senior season due to concussion

Sam Cooper
Caleb Bak
Donnell Kirkwood #20 and Caleb Bak #64 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers double team block against Joe Gaglione #99 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the game at Kinnick Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 31-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Lingering issues from a concussion suffered last season will keep one of Minnesota’s most-experienced linemen from suiting up for his final season of eligibility.

Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune reported that guard Caleb Bak won’t return to the Gophers for his redshirt senior season.

“Bak tried making a comeback during spring practice. He went through the first three workouts before his concussion symptoms returned,” Christensen wrote.

Bak confirmed the news on Twitter.

Bak arrived at Minnesota as a walk-on in 2010 and redshirted. He took over as starter at right guard in week nine of the 2011 season at Michigan State and started the final four games of that season as a redshirt freshman. After starting the 2012 season No. 2 on the depth chart, Bak returned to the starting lineup at right guard and started the Gophers’ final 11 games.

The 6-foot-3, 302-pound Bak started the team’s first nine games in 2013 before suffering a concussion in a win at Indiana.

Junior Foster Bush took over at right guard for the Gophers when Bak went down last season.

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