There's an old expression in football that says if a team has two potential starting quarterbacks, it really has no starting quarterbacks.

But what if a team has four quarterbacks?

Sorry, still zero starters.

But that's the position the Gophers football team and P.J. Fleck find themselves in this year after Demry Croft transferred and Conor Rhoda graduated. After a few spring practices, there isn't really any more clarity on how things will sort themselves out when the Gophers open the season Aug. 30 vs. New Mexico State.

But figuring things out is going to be … fun? That's at least part of how Fleck is approaching it.

"We've got a lot of work to do there. We have a bunch of guys that have never thrown a pass in college football. That's not an excuse, that's just reality," Fleck said Tuesday. "That's the fun of it. We get to develop from the ground up. But I think we're making strides."

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