QB Adam Weber -- With no hope of a bowl game, will the senior hang on to his job the last three games? The answer would appear to be yes. It's tough to blame Weber for why Gophers have had such a bad season, even though he has had some inconsistent moments. He's completed 55.1 percent of his passes for 2,123 yards. Weber has thrown for 17 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in 285 attempts. Weber is going to have to drive the ball down field for explosive plays, similar to the first drive against Ohio State, to keep pace with the Spartans.
TE Tiree Eure -- The junior college transfer had his best game in the Maroon and Gold against Ohio State when he made a long reception and had a touchdown saving tackle on special teams. With the shuffling of personnel on offense due to injuries coach Jeff Horton said he expects and increased role for the massive 6-foot-7, 265-pounder on Saturday.
P Dan Orseske -- He's only averaging 36.6 yards per punt, and the punting game had major problems against Ohio State, although Oreske wasn't responsible for all of the issues. He shanked one punt for 10 yards and had another returned 70 yards. A blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown came after a low snap bounced in and he had to kick under heavy pressure. The punting game has been an issue all season. If the Gophers want to stay in the game against a talented Spartan team they need to take care of business on special teams.
OL Jared McGaha -- The versatile lineman has filled in at right tackle, left tackle and right guard in the past two weeks. Depending on how starting right guard Chris McDonald heals from an undisclosed injury, McGaha could start and play the entire game against Minnesota.
LB Max Bullough -- It shouldn't come as a surprise that Bullough has made an impact as a true freshman. Coming out of high school, Bullough was ranked as the No. 5 middle linebacker prospect in the nation but Scout.com. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound heir apparent to Greg Jones is seeing the field in situations other than special teams, and he can get the job done. He may play a bit more to give Jones some rest down the stretch.
DT Antonio Jeremiah – The 6-foot-5, 360-pound junior has played offense and defense at Michigan State, but he has predominately played offensive guard this season. In a surprise move last week, he played extensively at defensive tackle against Iowa. Against power teams like Minnesota he could see more time shutting down holes on defense rather than creating them on offense.