Gophers Primary Slot Cornerback Enters Transfer Portal

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The Minnesota Gophers lost another defensive player to the transfer portal on Thursday. Beanie Bishop came by way of the transfer portal, before the 2022 season, and was inserted immediately as the primary slot cornerback for Joe Rossi’s defense.

Bishop’s old-school numbers don’t jump off the 2022 stat sheet but he did play 303 snaps in his debut season as a Gopher. He finished the year as the highest PFF graded (82.2) player on the defense and as the best coverage corner on the team (80.7). Beanie did those things on a defense that was considered one of the best in college football.

According to Ryan Burns (Gopher Illustrated), Minnesota was already in the market for transfer portal cornerbacks. That’s now considered their number one priority.

There’s no doubt this loss will hurt, just like some of the others who have jumped out of PJ Fleck’s boat this offseason. Present and future contributors who have left via the transfer portal include Braelen Oliver (LB – 345 snaps), Michael Dixon (S – 413 snaps), Steven Ortiz (S – 3 snaps), Austin Booker (EDGE – 23 snaps), Gage Keys (DT – 77 snaps).

The Minnesota Gophers have also added to their roster via the portal this offseason. Those additions on defense include Jack Henderson (S – Southeaster Louisiana FCS), Ryan Selig (LB – Western Michigan) and Chris Collins (EDGE – North Carolina). They’ve also added huge talent on offense and their incoming transfer class is considered the 2nd best in the Big Ten West (average rating), according to 247Sports.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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