Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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Gophers Spring Game Preview: What to watch; depth charts, etc.

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers spring football, TCF Bank Stadium Updated: April 12, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Greetings from TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers are getting ready for their annual Spring Game.

The weather has shaped up pretty well, with temperatures expected to be about 60 degrees, with mostly cloudy skies for today's start at about 2:30 p.m.

The game -- which will actually be a scrimmage between the offense and defense -- will be aired live on 100.3-FM, and streamed live on BTN2GO.com. Big Ten Network will show the game tape delayed on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

I'm most curious how Mitch Leidner and the first-team offense look, of course. But the Spring Game is really an opportunity to see how some of the lesser-experienced players look under the spotlight.

It's a big day for some of the redshirt freshmen, such as QB Chris Streveler, QB Conor Rhoda, TE Nate Wozniak, WR Eric Carter, LB Rayfield Dixon and S Daletavious McGhee. And, of course, RB Berkley Edwards, whom I wrote about for today's paper.

The Gophers didn't release a depth chart for this game, but I put one together, based on what I've seen in spring practice:

OFFENSE

WR 82 Drew Wolitarsky (So.)/17 Logan Hutton (Sr.)

WR 14 Isaac Fruechte/4 Donovahn Jones (So.)

WR 1 KJ Maye (Jr.)/11 Eric Carter (Fr.)

LT 78 Ben Lauer (So.)/74 Marek Lenkiewicz (Sr.)

LG 52 Zac Epping (Sr.)/73 Joe Bjorklund (Jr.)

C 53 Tommy Olson (Sr.)/67 Brian Bobek (Jr.)

RG 77 Foster Bush (Jr.) /68 Isaac Hayes (So.)

RT 65 Josh Campion (Jr.)/79 Jonah Pirsig (So.)

TE 83 Drew Goodger (Sr.)/85 Lincoln Plsek (Jr.)

TE 81 Duke Anyanwu (So.)/39 Nate Wozniak (Fr.)

QB 7 Mitch Leidner (So.)/5 Chris Streveler (Fr.)

RB 27 David Cobb (Sr.)/32 Berkley Edwards (Fr.)

FB 44 Riley O’Hara (Jr.)/41 Miles Thomas (Jr.)

DEFENSE

DE 55 Theiren Cockran (Jr.)/93 Ben Perry (Sr.)

DT 46 Cameron Botticelli (Sr.)/90 Demaris Peppers (Fr.)

DT 97 Scott Ekpe (Jr.)/94 Harold Legania (Sr.)

DE 98 Michael Amaefula (Sr.)/69 Robert Ndondo-Lay (Jr.)

LB 26 De’Vondre Campbell (Jr.)/59 De’Niro Laster (Fr.)

LB 5 Damien Wilson (Sr.)/56 Nick Rallis (So.)

LB 50 Jack Lynn (So.)/38 Ray Dixon (Fr.)

CB 31 Eric Murray (Jr.)/16 Steven Montgomery (Jr.)

CB 28 Jalen Myric (So.)/15 Marcus Jones (Sr.)

S 2 Cedric Thompson (Sr.)/8 Daletavious McGhee (Fr.)

S 11 Antonio Johnson (Jr.)/7 Damarius Travis (Jr.)

SPECIALISTS

K 28 Ryan Santoso (Fr.)/33 Andrew Harte (Fr.)

KR 1 KJ Maye (Jr.)/11 Antonio Johnson (Jr.)

P 37 Peter Mortell (Jr.)/94 Christian Eldred (Sr.)

PR 15 Marcus Jones (Sr.)

NOT PLAYING DUE TO INJURY

88 Maxx Williams

91 Alex Keith

95 Hank Ekpe

12 Cody Poock

13 Derrick Wells

63 Jon Christenson

64 Caleb Bak

52 Yoshoub Timms

29 Briean Boddy-Calhoun

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