In last week's 38-7 loss at Ohio State, Minnesota replaced struggling junior quarterback Adam Weber with redshirt freshman MarQueis Gray. Now, the move could become permanent.
Weber completed 10 of 23 passes for 112 yards with two interceptions against the Buckeyes before being pulled. Gray came on to complete 5 of 6 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. He ran 11 times for 81 yards.
Weber is the 11th-rated passer in the Big Ten, completing just 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,437 yards with six touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Gray is a superior athlete with excellent running skills, which would help an offense that has struggled to run the ball primarily because of poor line play.
Zook staying put
Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther announced over the weekend that Ron Zook will be back in 2010 despite the program's struggles.
The Fighting Illini are 1-6 this season, their lone victory over FCS Illinois State. Illinois hasn't scored more than 17 points against an FBS school this year. Illinois played in the Rose Bowl just two seasons ago.
Zook is in his fifth season in Champaign with a 19-36 mark after losing at Purdue this weekend. Zook received a one-year contract extension after last season, pushing his deal through 2014.
Look for staff changes, with new coordinators likely to be hired on both sides of the ball. A veteran assistant also may be hired to serve as an associate head coach.
Texas Tech turning to Doege?
Seth Doege will supplant Taylor Potts as Texas Tech's starting quarterback on Saturday against Kansas, two sources told RedRaiderSports.com.
Potts was benched at halftime of the Red Raiders' 52-30 home loss to Texas A&M. The junior completed 25 of 36 passes for 310 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble. Doege, a redshirt freshman, provided a spark, coming on to complete 18 of 25 passes for 146 yards with a fumble in leading the team to 16 second-half points.
Buffs' QB quandary
Another quarterback controversy is brewing at Colorado after the Buffaloes' 20-6 loss at Kansas State.
After the game, Colorado coach Dan Hawkins was noncommittal when asked if Tyler Hansen would start again after he got the nod in Manhattan, Kan.
Hawkins' son, Cody, took over for Hansen on three drives against the Wildcats. Hansen completed just 7 of 14 passes for 89 yards and ran 11 times for minus-8 yards.
The Buffaloes (2-5) play host to Missouri on Saturday.