Pre-game update from Randy Johnson: Good afternoon from a damp TCF Bank Stadium. Fans, your No. 1 question has been answered. The Gophers announced that sophomore Demry Croft will start at quarterback today against Illinois.
#Gophers running back Shannon Brooks isn't on the field with return specialists. He left last week's game against Michigan State because of a leg injury but later returned. Brooks has handled 15 of the Gophers' 16 kickoff returns this season. Rodney Smith has the other.