Meet the Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift of college football: Cole Kramer and Katie Miller.
Kramer, a fifth-year backup quarterback for the Minnesota Gophers, was ready for the next chapter of his life — stepping into a career beyond football, moving to Arizona and marrying Miller — when he got the chance of a lifetime, according to The Star Tribune.
“I kind of had my mind made up that I was going to be done — just with everything going on in my life,” Kramer told the Minnesota newspaper.
Then, he got a call from Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck.
As the team prepared to take on the Bowling Green Falcons in Tuesday’s Quick Lane Bowl, they found themselves “out of quarterbacks,” Fleck told The Star Tribune.
Three days after a tough loss to Wisconsin last month, the Gophers’ former starting quarterback, Athan Kaliakmanis, entered the NCAA transfer portal along with freshman quarterback Drew Viotto, per the newspaper.
Suddenly, freshman walk-on Max Shikenjanski was the team’s only remaining quarterback — and they needed someone more experienced for the bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit. They needed Kramer.