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Saad had yet to play a game for the Gophers after his first season with the team.
The Nebraska native did not sign with the rest of the class during December's early signing period and instead will sign with another team in February.
O'Brien, a St. Paul native, recently retired from the Gophers football team after beating cancer five times.
The redshirt senior, who went to Cooper, will have one year of eligibility remaining thanks to the NCAA's extra year granted because of the pandemic.
Saia Mapakaitolo plans to officially sign in February, potentially along with Nebraska's Avante Dickerson, the No. 1 recruit in the Gophers class who hasn't yet signed.
The lineman played in 26 games totaling seven tackles during his Gophers career.
While the team missed 33 players from COVID-19 positive tests and injuries last week against Purdue, they should have more reinforcements at Camp Randall on Saturday.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said the team would miss more than 20 players from COVID-19 after a recent outbreak.
Chris Basnett of the Lincoln Journal Star gives his insight on Nebraska, the Gophers' opponent on Saturday.
The Florida native added his commitment Wednesday with the Dec. 16 signing day looming.