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Minnesota QB Morgan cleared, will play today against Northwestern

The red-shirt sophomore, who was recently named a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, was injured late last week against Iowa.
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Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan leads the team onto the field for warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

EVANSTON, Ill. — After a week of uncertainty, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan has been cleared from concussion protocol and is expected to start today against Northwestern.

University of Minnesota sources say that Morgan, who was injured late last week in the Gophers' 23-19 loss to Iowa, will play.

The red-shirt sophomore has played a key role in Minnesota's success this season, throwing for 2,468 yards and 22 TDs, and was recently named one of 16 finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, which is given to the nation's top college quarterback.

Morgan has thrown for 707 yards over the past two games and now has three 300-yard passing games this season.

The 11th-ranked Gophers play Northwestern today at 11 a.m. at Ryan Field.

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