FB - According to the coaches, the biggest impact injury last week was FB Mike Henry. The Gophers struggled mightily to do anything on offense though how much of that was due to Henry's absence is debatable. If Henry is unable to go, Gabe Mezzenga will fill his slot at fullback. How big of a drop off there is from Henry to Mezzenga would be tough to gage since we've only seen Henry against a fairly weak non-conference slate.
QB - Seeing as Nelson was healthy enough to get the start vs Iowa, his health isn't nearly as big of a concern as his play thus far. While Nelson has struggled, Leidner didn't look very good throwing the ball against San Jose State. Third string QB and true freshman Chris Streveler is out this week though he was unlikely to see the field barring a couple of injuries as the staff would like to keep the redshirt on him.
CB - Last week Derrick Wells appeared to re-aggravate his shoulder injury that kept him out earlier in the year. While Wells is listed as the starter, it will be interesting to see if he can last a whole game. Without a healthy Wells, corner becomes a relatively thin and young position for the Gophers.
RB - The staff is either being careful bringing Donnell Kirkwood back or he has slid down the totem pole a bit as he is listed as the backup at RB. Either way, expect to see him to get more carries than he did against Iowa.
OLB - Might not be new, but De'Vondre Campbell is now listed as the starter at OLB over James Manuel. Both are great athletes, but Campbell has no limits to his potential as he has size, speed, and has played with fairly good instincts thus far this year. While Campbell has been susceptible to taking bad angles at times this season. He has done a better job than Manuel at getting off blockers. The other OLB spot will be intriguing to watch this week as Aaron Hill will face the task of tracking down Devin Gardner. Hill's speed might not be where it needs to be to hang with an athlete like Gardner. Hill does play with great instincts though, which could make up for this lack of speed.
WR - Is this the week one of the hyped youngsters steps up? It will be interesting to see how much Harbison, Jones, and Wolitarsky play against a talented secondary and whether they can do anything.
Brice Marich also contributed to this report