This is the seventh in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice.
Today's position: Cornerbacks
Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7
Projected starters: Eric Murray (junior), Derrick Wells (senior)
Key backups: Jalen Myrick (sophomore), Briean Boddy-Calhoun (redshirt junior), Marcus Jones (senior)
The breakdown: Murray is the one...
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...