Good afternoon from a rain TCF Bank Stadium, where in a couple of hours the Gophers will try to win their first Big Ten game in three tries, as No. 21 Michigan State visits.
It’ll be interesting to see how these teams handle the elements. The Spartans beat Michigan last week in a rain-soaked game in Ann Arbor, while the Gophers endured an 88-minute thunderstorm delay in the loss at Purdue.
I took some Gophers questions on Twitter this afternoon, and here are some highlights:
Q: Anyone lose a redshirt today?’ -- @Dudesalad
A: Coach P.J. Fleck said during the week that he’d have to burn another redshirt this week, and I believe the most likely candidate is cornerback Justus Harris. He’s listed as backup to Coney Durr, but Durr still isn’t 100 percent recovered from ACL surgery after he was injured in the Holiday Bowl.
On the offensive line, the Gophers so far haven’t had to use true freshman tackle Blaise Andries. Last week, when Nick Connelly was injured, they went with Sam Schlueter at right tackle. Andries is the backup at both tackle spots, so he would be the next man up if needed. Fleck certainly would like to preserve Andries’ redshirt.
Q: Who do you see getting receiving targets besides Johnson and Lingen tonight? -- @VonGopher
A: At wide receiver, I would expect that Eric Carter, Mark Williams and Rashad Still would be the main options after Tyler Johnson, while tight end Nate Wozniak often is in the mix, too. The injuries to Demetrius Douglas and Phillip Howard took away a couple of Conor Rhoda’s targets. Howard is listed as a starter on the depth chart, but Fleck on Monday said he would be out.
Q: What will it take for Demry to get snaps tonight? Or is he already in line to do so? -- @KyleLeonard11
A: Demry Croft is listed as the backup to Conor Rhoda, though Fleck said Rhoda is the team’s best quarterback and also said that Croft, Tanner Morgan and Seth Green all could have an ‘’or’’ listing behind Rhoda on the depth chart. I’d expect that it would take Rhoda struggling a lot for Croft to get in.
Q: Woli and KJ emerged as big wr threats as seniors. Surprised Carter hasnt done same? -- @BeaconCF
A: I would have been surprised if Carter hadn’t emerged if the previous coaching staff still was in place, but I’m not surprised he hasn’t under the new staff. Rhoda seems to be most comfortable with Johnson and Lingen. Different offensive system and different results.
Q: Why can't we have nice things? -- @TimFredrickson
A: That’s a question Gophers football fans have been asking for the better part of a half-century. Maybe you’ll get something nice come 10:30 tonight.