One week into training camp, Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner is very pleased with his surgically repaired left foot. He had extensive ligament damage heading into surgery last December, but has fully recovered and said he doesn't even think about it when he's playing.
He acknowledged that the team's first practice on Aug. 7 was different for his foot than the summer workouts.
"I knew that after that one day that it was going to start getting better each day," he said Saturday. "And then the second day, I came out here it felt unbelievable, and I’ve felt great since.
“I’ve been really happy with where my foot’s been this camp. I didn’t even make it this far into camp last year without it just killing me already. To be able to throw on the run with no pain, and to be able to just flat-out run in general has been really great so far. I’ve just got to keep hoping it holds up here.”
Leidner will be in action Saturday, when the Gophers hold a scrimmage at 4:40 p.m., at TCF Bank Stadium. It's open to the public and is scheduled to last for about one hour. This is the final session open to the public before the Sept. 1 opener against Oregon State.