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...
The quarterback position is the biggest question mark for the Gophers heading into next season.
The way I see it, there are two guys competing for the starting spot, Mitch Leidner and Chris Streveler.
Right now, Leidner seems to be the front runner, but Streveler has looked a lot better this spring, especially when it comes to hitting his targets on stride.
The Gopher’s will be...
The expectations are as high as ever for the Minnesota Gophers next season and there are three newcomers that will make a huge difference in making the team contenders in the Big 10 once again.
The signing of running back Jeff Jones, a huge instate recruit put the Gophers’ staff and fans in a very good mood for once. Typically, instate talent as good as Jones heads elsewhere...
MINNEAPOLIS -- As Chris Streveler dropped a deep sideline pass squarely into the hands of Devon Wright in an 11-on-11 drill Tuesday, his teammates hooted and hollered in excitement. The bystanders watching would likely never have guessed that the Gophers' redshirt freshman quarterback had ever suffered a major thumb injury.
Streveler tore a tendon in his right thumb in a practice...
2014 will bring an interesting dilemma in the quarterback position for the Gophers. Four guys will have the chance to compete for the opening game start, a rare feat for any team.
This does mean the the Gophers do have depth at the quarterback position, but the problems that remain are inexperience and inconsistency.
Philip Nelson was probably the best quarterback on the team last...