Nelson's hamstring is improving, but signs still point toward Leidner starting
September 25, 2013 — 7:44pm
Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson, who missed last week's game with a strained right hamstring, continues to make progress, but all signs still point toward Mitch Leidner starting Saturday's game against Iowa.
"I could tell [Nelson] pushed himself a little bit today," Coach Jerry Kill said after Tuesday's practice. "After his workout [Monday], he wasn’t real, real sore, which is a good sign."
But Kill pointed to the way Ohio State has handled starting quarterback Braxton Miller's knee injury. Buckeyes backup Kenny Guiton has thrown for 12 touchdowns over the past three weeks.
"I think Ohio State’s done the same thing," Kill said. "Their No. 2’s pretty dang good, too, so they’ve kind of stuck with him until that other kid’s truly ready to go. And you’re always better off playing a player that’s 100 percent."
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.
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