Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Minnesota linebacker Nick Rallis has sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament, making him the fifth Gopher this season to be lost to ACL injuries, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

The injury occurred in the first quarter of Minnesota's 35-24 win over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.

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Rallis, a redshirt sophomore, joins defensive tackle Scott Ekpe, tight end Duke Anyanwu, linebacker Cody Poock and offensive lineman Jared Weyler as Gophers who have sustained ACL injuries.

Ekpe and Poock were starters. Rallis had played in both of Minnesota's first two games this season.

"Tough thing is he worked so hard and has really, really played well," coach Jerry Kill said.

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True freshman LB Everett Williams replaced Rallis on Saturday and is expected to play this week against TCU as well. Williams had been a planned redshirt before the injuries. 

Rallis is the younger brother of former Gophers captain Mike Rallis.

- Molly Geary

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