MINNEAPOLIS No unit took a bigger step forward last season for the Gophers football team than the secondary.
In 2011, Minnesota's pass defense was among the worst in the Big Ten. One year later, it was one of the best. The Gophers allowed just 186.6 yards per game through the air in 2012, the fourth-fewest among all teams in the conference. Part of that had to do with improvements along the defensive line allowing the Gophers to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but Minnesota's cornerbacks and safeties progressed individually as well.
Heading into the 2013 season, though, Minnesota must figure out how to fill the void left behind by the graduation of senior cornerbacks Michael Carter and Troy Stoudermire. Midway through spring practices, Gophers coach Jerry Kill doesn't believe his secondary will miss a beat from last year.
"Our secondary, that part of it, that's a strong part of our football team right now," Kill said Thursday. "We've got some depth there. We've got a lot of ...