Gophers will play both quarterbacks

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 16, 2013 - 10:01 AM
hide

Gophers backup quarterback Mitch Leidner will continue to play this season.

Photo: Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

 

The Gophers had a feeling their offense wouldn’t suffer if they had to replace starting quarterback Philip Nelson with Mitch Leidner, and Saturday’s 29-12 victory over Western Illinois reinforced this.

Nelson injured his right hamstring in the second quarter, and Leidner wound up completing seven of eight passes for 108 yards, and rushing 17 times for 64 yards.

Now, it sounds as if the Gophers are determined to use both quarterbacks, moving forward. Nelson still leads the team with 221 rushing yards, but his completion percentage is 51.2, compared to 87.5 for Leidner.

“I mean, we really didn’t skip a beat [with Leidner],” offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said. “That’s nice going forward because now you can get him in there, and the kids have confidence in Mitch, and he can take some of that pressure off Philip, and you can play two kids that run your offense.”

Limegrover said he planned to mix Leidner into Saturday’s game even before Nelson got injured. Nelson’s injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long, so the question now is who will start once he’s back?

That’s to be determined. Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said any time one of the team’s players returns from an injury, he needs to prove he can perform better than his replacement. This is laid out in the team’s player policy manual.

Claeys drew a comparison to the tailback spot, where Donnell Kirkwood is returning from a sprained ankle but has to beat out Rodrick Williams and David Cobb, who’ve performed well in his absence.

“Our kids understand the injury policy,” Claeys said. “I think that’s why Donnell is working his butt off because the other two are playing well, and he knows that to get his spot back he has to perform better than them.”

Dunbar passes away

Mike Dunbar, a Gophers assistant head coach and offensive coordinator under Tim Brewster from 2007-08, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

Dunbar was hired as the offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois in February 2012, but the school reassigned him to a special assistant’s role because of health reasons. He still was part of the game-planning each week, as the Huskies made a surprise trip to the Orange Bowl.

Ragnow narrows list

Chanhassen offensive tackle Frank Ragnow, one of the Gophers’ primary recruiting targets, tweeted (@KnarfWongar) that he’s narrowed his list of college choices to seven.

In no particular order, he listed them as follows: 1) Minnesota, 2) Cal, 3) Arkansas, 4) Vanderbilt, 5) Florida State, 6) Wisconsin, 7) Missouri.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 4
Houston 1 Bottom 7th Inning
Cleveland 1
San Francisco 4 Top 7th Inning
Washington 2
St. Louis 4 Top 7th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Chicago WSox 3 Top 6th Inning
NY Yankees 3
Tampa Bay 7 Top 7th Inning
Toronto 0
Atlanta 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Cincinnati 0
Seattle 0 Top 6th Inning
Boston 0
Kansas City 3 Top 4th Inning
Texas 1
Pittsburgh 4 Top 3rd Inning
Milwaukee 2
Detroit 1 Top 3rd Inning
Minnesota 6
Miami 1 Top 2nd Inning
Colorado 0
San Diego - O. Despaigne 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
LA Angels - H. Santiago 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
NY Mets - J. Niese 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
Carolina 0 3rd Qtr 14:37
New England 13
NY Giants 0 2nd Qtr 0:16
NY Jets 10
Jacksonville 6 3rd Qtr
Detroit 7
Oakland 7 2nd Qtr 10:51
Green Bay 14
Chicago 9:00 PM
Seattle
Tampa Bay 8/23/14 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 8/23/14 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8/23/14 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:00 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
UCF 8/30/14 7:30 AM
Penn State
Real Salt Lake 8:00 PM
FC Dallas
Montreal 0 0:32
Winnipeg 1
Toronto 8/23/14 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 2:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Chicago 59 4th Qtr 8:19
Atlanta 60
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Phoenix
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: Which football team will have the best record in 2014?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close