Dec 28, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood (20) rushes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the first quarter of the Car Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Gophers running back Kirkwood questionable for Week 2

Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood (ankle sprain) is questionable for Saturday’s game at New Mexico State.

1500ESPN.com reported Thursday that the redshirt junior appears “highly unlikely” to play against the Aggies.

Kirkwood rushed 11 times for 30 yards before injuring his ankle in the third quarter of the Gopher’s 51-23 win against visiting UNLV last week.

The Gophers will likely use a host of tailbacks to replace Kirkwood’s production. His replacements include sophomore Rodrick Williams, Jr. and junior David Cobb. Williams, Jr. rushed four times for 13 yards, while Cobb carried six times for 69 yards – a whopping 11.5 average.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound brusier has 319 career carries for 1,292 yards and nine touchdowns and will likely be a NFL draft pick in 2014.

New Mexico State hosts Minnsota at 8 p.m. Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

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