This is the first in a series of 11 preview leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice.
Today's position: Quarterbacks
Rating (1-to-10 scale): 6
Projected starter: Philip Nelson (sophomore)
Key backups: Mitch Leidner (redshirt freshman), Chris Streveler (freshman)
The breakdown: The quarterback position was one of instability for Minnesota last year, as the Gophers used three different starters throughout the season. It began with senior MarQueis Gray, who went down with an ankle injury and gave way to sophomore Max Shortell. Midway through the season, the Gophers opted to roll with true freshman Philip Nelson. He made his college debut in a loss at Wisconsin and started the rest of the year for Minnesota.
The Gophers finished ninth in the Big Ten in passing offense in 2012, averaging just 169.5 yards per game through the air. In his seven starts -- including the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas -- Nelson was inconsistent. His best game came against P...