Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/26/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- Donnell Kirkwood isn't about to tip his team's hand. But if the Minnesota running back was doubling as the Gophers' offensive coordinator against UNLV Thursday, there's no doubt about what play he'd call first. "Run it down their throat," the senior said. "I think it's tough on any running back when you open a game, that first series, and you don't touch the ball. You're like, 'Crap, I haven't got the butterflies out yet.' But when you're a running back, and the first play of the game, they give you the ball, get your first contact, get your first nick, and I feel like you'll be good every play after that." First snap, first series, second possession -- whenever Kirkwood receives that first touch under the August evening sun pouring over TCF Bank Stadium, it'll likely be the first of many in 2013. There is no more experienced skill-position player on the roster than Kirkwood, who played in all 13 of the Gophers' games last season and rushed for 926 yards on 218 carrie...
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