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Continued: Gophers open spring football with momentum, and hope

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 26, 2013 - 12:08 AM

“We expect a whole lot out of Jack,” Kill said. “He can run and change directions.”

Sophomore cornerback Eric Murray makes this list, too. He played all 13 games last year, primarily on special teams.

“He’s a tremendous athlete, had a great offseason and is one of the faster guys on the team,” Kill said.

4. Can the defensive improvement continue?

The Gophers made big strides defensively last year, allowing 24.7 points per game, down from 31.7 the previous year.

With five defensive starters to replace, the linebackers are the biggest concern, with Aaron Hill the only starter returning to that unit. This spring, the staff will take a long look at Wilson and Lynn, along with James Manuel and Lamonte Edwards.

“We are a little bit thin [at linebacker] this spring, but the people that are in there need to get more repetition,” Kill said. “I think we’ve got some good [recruits coming for this fall], but we’re going to approach the spring like we’ve got nobody coming in.”

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