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Continued: Reusse: Gophers close the gap, but Badgers too tough

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 24, 2013 - 8:23 AM

What Kill’s squad still lacks could be the more difficult half of the formula: assembling the true athletes, the playmakers.

A while back, an old coach described a football player as an “athlete,” then looked at me and said:

“Do you know what makes an athlete? A player when his mind tells him to do something, he can do it.”

In other words, not envisioning a play … actually making it.

The Gophers demonstrated no true athletes in the passing game on Saturday, not in quarterback Philip Nelson (poor performance) nor in the receivers (worse performance).

They might have had fine thoughts, but there was no execution.

The Gophers’ running game had some moments, but inside linebacker Chris Borland and his Wisconsin mates shut that down when necessary and threw a defensive shutout.

Now that Borland … there’s an athlete. When his mind told him to do something, he was there to get it done while the Gophers still were thinking about it.

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • preusse@startribune.com

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