Gophers spring football game final: Maroon 3, Gold 0

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • April 21, 2012 - 1:20 PM


Starting QB MarQueis Gray signs autographs after the game in the concourse.

Starting QB MarQueis Gray signs autographs after the game in the concourse.

A few quick notes from the Gophers football spring game Saturday, which signals the end of the spring practice season for Minnesota:


*Quarterbacks: MarQueis Gray looked sharp on most of his passes, completing 4-of-8 passes for 62 yards while competing for the Maroon team, which technically took home a 3-0 victory over the Gold team in the 50-minute scrimmage. The crispest offensive play of the day might have been Gray's early 35-yard hookup with Brandon Green. ... Sophomore Max Shortell was 4-for-10 for 68 yards and ran for 30 more. He directed an impressive late drive that ended with a missed field goal. ... Freshmen Philip Nelson (0-for-6) and Mitch Leidner (0-for-2) did not complete a pass. The passing game overall often looked disjointed, though it's not entirely surprising.

Said coach Jerry Kill: "We divided up our receivers evenly. ... Today, there was a ball, an inch, a foot, two feet here or there, and we didn't make a play. But I think that can all get corrected through repetition in the summer."

*Kill was impressed by the team's speed in the secondary and singled out junior college transfer Martez Shabazz, who had a pass breakup and two tackles. "We've got some guys in the secondary who can run, and we're a little bigger in the secondary," Kill said.

*JoJuan Harper led all running backs with 44 yards on the ground. Donnell Kirkwood had 25 and sophomore Cole Banham had 24 on eight carries.

*The Gophers made just one of three field goal attempts, but Kill chalked much of that up to rotating in less experienced holders.

*The announced crowd was 3,512. The weather was overcast at the 11 a.m. kickoff and light rain developed late.

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