This is the first in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. You can find the entire series here.
Today's position: Quarterbacks
Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7
Projected starter: Mitch Leidner (redshirt sophomore)
Key backups: Chris Streveler (redshirt freshman), Conor Rhoda (redshirt freshman)
The breakdown: One year ago, there was no certainty at the quarterback position for Minnesota. The job was a revolving door between then-sophomore Philip Nelson and Leidner, a redshirt freshman at the time. The Gophers would alternate between the two from week to week -- and sometimes from drive to drive within a game -- which led to a lack of stability at the most important position.
Following the 2013 season, Nelson announced that he was leaving the program to transfer to Rutgers, news that opened the door for Leidner to take over the reins. (Nelson has since been dismissed from Rutgers following a pending legal case in Mankato, Minn.) With...