After the Gophers first spring practice Tuesday, coach Jerry Kill was asked who stood out.

"Adam Weber stood out," Kill said. "And I mean that in a positive way. I think that’s a good thing we did there [hiring Weber as a graduate assistant]. And certainly after one day’s practice, watching him work, that’s a good thing."

Weber (pictured right with quarterback Jacques Perra) is the school's all-time passing leader. Kill said Weber's presence will allow quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski to "move around a little more," with the rest of the offense.

"It’s one of the best things that can happen for us at the quarterback position," Mitch Leidner said. "Just having someone who’s been through it, someone who’s worked with some of the best in the pros, and having him here to help us with little things has been awesome."

Leidner said he also learned a lot from Ryan Maiuri, who had the team's offensive GA job the previous two years.

"He's a great guy who’s had a huge impact on my life," Leidner said.

Note: The Gophers will hold their second spring practice Thursday, but this one is closed. Beginning Saturday, all practices are open to the public. Here's a full list of the practice dates and times.

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