Chart: Gophers spring replay

  • Updated: April 21, 2012 - 7:26 PM

THREE THINGS THE GOPHERS LEARNED

1The quarterback situation is a lot more stable for the present and the future than it was a year ago. MarQueis Gray had a sharp spring, Max Shortell also looks much improved, and freshmen Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner helped themselves plenty by enrolling early and going through spring workouts. The younger QBs are pushing Gray, but this is clearly his team. Next year? It will be a fun battle, to be sure.

2Coach Jerry Kill likes his secondary, which he noted is more athletic and bigger than it was last year. Kill said he can see the difference "just physically watching," which could help a defense that finished near the bottom of many major statistical defensive categories last season.

3It's a lot easier to get things done in the second year of a regime than in the first. Kill sounded upbeat about what the team accomplished as a whole. "We've had a good spring," he said. "I think our kids have worked very hard, and I think we found out a lot about our kids."

THREE QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN

1Who will step up at wide receiver and running back? A host of players carried the ball for the Gophers in Saturday's spring game, including incoming junior college transfer James Gillum (three carries, 6 yards) and freshman JoJuan Harper (game-high 44 yards on nine carries). Brandon Green had a game-high 59 yards receiving, while Derrick Engel drew praise throughout the spring. But we're still waiting to see which players emerge as consistent playmakers.

2Can Gray be the dynamic leader and playmaker at quarterback that his athletic profile suggests he can be? Yes, Gray gets to be both an answer and a question here. He made some strides at the end of last season and has carried that over into a productive spring. But will he merely be an improvement over last year's version, or will he be a dominant force in the Big Ten?

3It's easier to impress and note improvement within the controlled environment of same-squad practices and scrimmages. Will the Gophers make appreciable strides on the field once actual competition begins?

MICHAEL RAND

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Toronto 61 3rd Qtr 5:49
Indiana 55
Cleveland 47 3rd Qtr
Detroit 39
Milwaukee 49 2nd Qtr 1:55
Miami 46
Memphis 7:30 PM
Dallas
Chicago 9:30 PM
Golden State
Washington 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
NY Rangers 0 2nd Prd 3:45
NY Islanders 2
Arizona 2 2nd Prd 3:16
Philadelphia 2
Winnipeg 2 3rd Prd
Pittsburgh 2
Washington 1 2nd Prd :56
Columbus 3
Tampa Bay 1 2nd Prd
Carolina 2
Dallas 1 2nd Prd
Montreal 2
Detroit 1 2nd Prd
Florida 2
Colorado 1 1st Prd 5:50
Nashville 0
Buffalo 8:00 PM
Calgary
Minnesota 8:30 PM
Edmonton
Anaheim 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Ball State 37 2nd Half 9:11
Akron 46
Northern Ill 39 2nd Half 8:34
Bowling Green 37
Western Mich 50 2nd Half 8:15
Buffalo 60
Ohio 29 2nd Half 5:41
Eastern Mich 61
Xavier 43 2nd Half 12:01
Georgetown 30
Vanderbilt 47 2nd Half 6:09
Georgia 55
West Virginia 38 2nd Half 12:54
Kansas State 38
Central Mich 37 2nd Half 9:02
Kent State 43
Saint Josephs 41 2nd Half 6:50
La Salle 39
Nebraska 37 2nd Half 5:58
Michigan 47
Miami-Ohio 52 2nd Half 7:20
Toledo 54
Tulsa 44 2nd Half 8:04
Tulane 32
George Washington 32 2nd Half 11:38
VA Commonwealth 47
Pittsburgh 43 2nd Half 9:37
Virginia Tech 45
Indiana State 23 1st Half 7:47
Evansville 23
Tabor College 15 1st Half 5:40
Oral Roberts 30
Florida 8:00 PM
Alabama
Tennessee 8:00 PM
Arkansas
Texas A&M 8:00 PM
Auburn
Baylor 8:00 PM
Oklahoma State
DePaul 0 Postponed
Providence 0
Michigan State 0 Postponed
Rutgers 0
Wyoming 8:00 PM
Utah State
Fresno State 8:05 PM
San Diego St
UNLV 9:00 PM
Nevada
SD Christian 9:00 PM
CS-Bakersfield
Colorado State 10:00 PM
Boise State
Temple 62 2nd Half 7:33
UCF 40
Campbell 38 2nd Half 7:54
Presbyterian 39
Coastal Carolina 49 2nd Half 5:36
High Point 63
Gardner-Webb 37 2nd Half 7:59
Radford 38
UNC-Asheville 47 2nd Half 6:30
Liberty 51
Winthrop 57 2nd Half 4:09
Longwood 53
Columbia International 31 2nd Half 2:43
Charleston Southern 70
Tulane 11 1st Half 6:49
Houston 12
(3) Baylor 37 1st Half 4:54
TCU 30
Navy 17 1st Half 5:07
American Univ 20
Valparaiso 7 1st Half 4:34
Illinois-Chicago 19
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you favor the plan for expanded athletic facilities at the U of M?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close