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Big 10 Football Star Is Out For The Season

A general view of Minnesota's football field.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Golden Gophers had their undefeated season cut short this weekend, but that wasn't the only loss that they suffered on Saturday. During their game against Maryland, standout safety Antoine Winfield Jr. sustained a foot injury.

Winfield provides leadership and irreplaceable production in the secondary. Through three games this season, he totaled 16 tackles and an interception.

Unfortunately, his season ended yesterday against the Terrapins.

Minnesota announced that Winfield will miss the remainder of the year, but they also said he'll seek a sixth year of eligibility.

With upcoming games against Iowa and Ohio State, Minnesota losing their top playmaker in the secondary will present many challenges.

If the Golden Gophers' performance this weekend was indicative of how they'll play without Winfield, then Minnesota's defense could be in for an extremely tough time.

Minnesota hosts the Hawkeyes next Saturday, as they look to get back on the winning track. It'll be worth keeping an eye on Jordan Howden, who will replace Winfield at safety.