Two Players to Watch

The Gophers' first home game against the University of South Dakota Coyotes will be a good test for the surging Gophers. Both teams have players that will be essential for sides to have a chance at winning.

The Coyotes had a difficult game last week, falling to the University of Central Florida by a score of 38-7. One of the few bright spots for the Coyotes was the play of junior strong safety, Shane Potter.

Potter, a Minnesota native from Becker, redshirted one season with the Gophers as a wide receiver. After transferring to South Dakota, Potter switched to defense and hasn't looked back. Last game Potter had a dominant performance, recording 16 tackles and 10 solo tackles.

Potter is a physical player who could be a huge difference-maker on Saturday. Don't expect too many huge runs by the Gophers with Potter on the field.

After a dominant running performance last week it would be easy to pick a running back like Duane Bennett or Donnell Kirkwood to be the spark for the Gophers against the Coyotes.

One player that could have a huge game tomorrow is junior tight end Eric Lair. Lair was the Gophers' leading receiver last week with two catches for 40 yards.

The Gophers will still try to establish the run game early but Coach Tim Brewster has stated that the team will also have a more balanced attack this week by trying to throw the ball more. Lair is big, athletic tight end who has great pass-catching ability.

If a USD linebacker tries to cover Lair he will surely be outmatched due to Lair's athleticism. Quarterback Adam Webber has shown that he will not hesitate to pass to his tight ends. Expect Lair to have more touches than last week with a possible touchdown or two to lead the Gophers to victory.

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