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Concussion ends the career of Minnesota lineman

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

A concussion has robbed one Minnesota football player of his college career, and it's also cost the Gophers their starting right guard.

Caleb Bak, who had started 20 straight games at right guard for the Gophers the last two seasons, announced Tuesday that he would not be returning for his senior season. Bak made the announcement on Twitter.

Bak suffered the concussion last season, but after trying to make a comeback this spring his concussion symptoms returned after three workouts.

Bak joined the Gophers as a walk-on in 2010 and redshirted his first season. He took over the starting role at right guard against against Michigan State in 2011, starting the final four games of the season. He began the 2012 season as a reserve, but started the final 11 games of the year before starting the first nine games of 2013 before suffering the concussion.

It's unclear who will replace Bak on the Minnesota line in 2014, though Josh Campion worked at the right guard position this spring in Bak's place.

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