Kill: Leidner, Streveler likely to play QB vs. San Jose State

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 19, 2013 - 11:42 AM

 

With Philip Nelson’s hamstring injury about 75 percent healed, Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Wednesday that Mitch Leidner and Chris Streveler likely will be the top two quarterbacks for Saturday’s game against San Jose State.

Nelson has yet to be able to run full speed since injuring the hamstring last week against Western Illinois. He also battled a hamstring injury last season.

“We’ll have to be careful,” Kill said. “We won’t take any chances whatsoever.”

Leidner completed seven of eight passes for 105 yards and rushed for 64 yards in the comeback victory over Western Illinois.

Streveler is a true freshman, but Kill said the Gophers won’t hesitate to use him.

“In our situation, the way we play, you can’t all of a sudden get conservative about what you do,” Kill said. “The way I’m approaching it right now, if we were playing tomorrow, Chris is our No. 2 quarterback, and he needs to be ready to play. And if Mitch gets tired, we’re going to play [Streveler].”

Kirkwood returns

Running back Donnell Kirkwood, who missed the past two games because of a sprained ankle, has been cleared to practice, but Kill plans to be careful with him, too.

“He’s been able to practice full-speed, but I can watch him, and I know if he’s full-tilt or not,” Kill said. “Anytime you sit out a period of time, it takes a while, unless you’re Adrian Peterson.

“We’ve got two good backs [Rodrick Williams and David Cobb] who’ve done a good job, so we can be smart. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got healthy bodies as we get into the Big Ten.”

Jones still in the mix

Donovahn Jones, a true freshman who has converted from quarterback to wide receiver, didn’t play last week after playing in the first two games. It wasn’t injury related; Jones just didn’t fit with the schemes the Gophers used against Western Illinois.

“A lot of it had to do with the game, and he’s just still learning,” Kill said. “We’ve taken a kid with a lot of talent and moved him to a position, and it’s not easy to do that. And then when you’re a freshman trying to learn how to practice at the college level, that’s even harder.”

Lauer establishes himself

Ben Lauer, a redshirt freshman from Wayzata High School, replaced starting left tackle Marek Lenkiewicz on the second series against Western Illinois and continued working with the first-team offense.

“Marek had done a nice job, but Ben’s a 315-pound kid; he’s almost 6-7, and it’s just getting harder and harder to keep him off the field,” offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said. “Once he went in there, he did a nice job. Kind of like what we do with the running backs, we were going with the hot hand.”

Trimming the penalties

  • related content

  • Gophers men's hockey ranked sixth in two preseason national polls

    Wednesday September 18, 2013

    Big Ten unveils championship hardware via Twitter; conference media day is Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

  • Mitch Leidner, left, took over after Nelson’s injury and likely will start Saturday’s game, with freshman Chris Streveler as backup.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Toronto 104 FINAL
Indiana 91
Cleveland 103 FINAL
Detroit 95
Milwaukee 109 FINAL
Miami 102
Memphis 109 FINAL
Dallas 90
Chicago 113 FINAL
Golden State 111
Washington 98 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
NY Rangers 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 4
Arizona 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 4
Winnipeg 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Washington 3 FINAL
Columbus 4
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL
Carolina 4
Dallas 2 FINAL
Montreal 3
Detroit 5 FINAL
Florida 4
Colorado 3 FINAL(OT)
Nashville 4
Buffalo 1 FINAL
Calgary 4
Minnesota 2 FINAL
Edmonton 1
Anaheim 4 FINAL
Vancouver 0
Ball State 47 FINAL
Akron 59
Northern Ill 46 FINAL
Bowling Green 56
Western Mich 71 FINAL
Buffalo 77
Ohio 40 FINAL
Eastern Mich 76
Xavier 66 FINAL
Georgetown 53
Vanderbilt 62 FINAL
Georgia 70
West Virginia 65 FINAL
Kansas State 59
Central Mich 53 FINAL
Kent State 63
Saint Josephs 48 FINAL
La Salle 53
Nebraska 44 FINAL
Michigan 58
Miami-Ohio 65 FINAL
Toledo 70
Tulsa 62 FINAL
Tulane 55
George Washington 48 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 72
Pittsburgh 67 FINAL
Virginia Tech 70
Indiana State 78 FINAL
Evansville 89
Tabor College 53 FINAL
Oral Roberts 94
Florida 52 FINAL
Alabama 50
Tennessee 64 FINAL
Arkansas 69
Texas A&M 71 FINAL
Auburn 61
Baylor 53 FINAL
Oklahoma State 64
DePaul 0 Postponed
Providence 0
Michigan State 0 Postponed
Rutgers 0
Wyoming 44 FINAL
Utah State 56
Fresno State 47 FINAL
San Diego St 58
UNLV 67 FINAL
Nevada 62
SD Christian 54 FINAL
CS-Bakersfield 79
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Boise State 82
Temple 71 FINAL
UCF 54
Campbell 42 FINAL
Presbyterian 51
Coastal Carolina 65 FINAL
High Point 73
Gardner-Webb 49 FINAL
Radford 59
UNC-Asheville 58 FINAL
Liberty 62
Winthrop 63 FINAL
Longwood 62
Columbia International 33 FINAL
Charleston Southern 74
Tulane 63 FINAL
Houston 46
(3) Baylor 89 FINAL
TCU 67
Navy 49 FINAL
American Univ 59
Valparaiso 42 FINAL
Illinois-Chicago 60
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