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Continued: Wilson seeks to fill Gophers' hole at middle linebacker

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 7, 2013 - 12:21 AM

“I think [Wilson’s] feeling pretty good,” Cobb said. “He’s always been a kid with a lot of confidence. Now, just knowing what to do and where to be [in Claeys’ defensive system], he can play a little faster. And I think he’s getting it down.”

Whether it’s Wilson or Lynn — or both — the Gophers need someone to emerge as a quality Big Ten middle linebacker. For now, they just hope old Ray Perkins was right.

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  • Linebacker Damien Wilson is locked in a battle for the starting middle linebacker spot with redshirt freshman Jack Lynn.

  • Linebacker Damien Wilson (5) played at Jones County (Miss.) Junior College last year for Ray Perkins, a former NFL head coach and a disciple of legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant. “When the kid can play for [Perkins], it just shows how important the game is to him,” Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said.

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