Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 9/21/12
mndaily.com Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill officially announced back-up QB Max Shortell the starter for Saturday night’s game against Syracuse. The sophomore Shortell replaced a banged-up MarQueis Gray in last week’s game against Western Michigan and secured the Gophers’ victory by throwing for 188 yards and 3 TDs. Gray is suffering from left ankles sprains, so the baton has been passed to Shortell, who starts his first game since a blowout loss against Michigan last year. Shortell is a prototypical pocket-passer with a strong arm. This week he’s expressed his comfort with the offense. The Gophers have scored at least 28 plus points in each of their first three games, compared to just reaching that margin just once last season. A golden opportunity presents itself for the Orange. A young QB getting a rare start at home with heightened expectations under the bright Saturday night lights. The pressure mounts on Minnesota, and the Orange has a realistic shot at coming in and stealing one.
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