3 Keys For Spring

Minnesota football is back and we take a look at the three keys that the Golden Gophers are hoping they get from this spring

After a successful year on the gridiron and on the recruiting trail, Minnesota is looking to continue that momentum going through the spring. What are the 3 keys that the Golden Gophers hope to see come out of this spring? We take a look at they hope happens.

1. Mitch Leidner Becoming A Leader

With the departure of quarterback Phillip Nelson, the keys to this offense are in Leidner's hands solely. He shared playing time with Nelson last season, but towards of the end of year starting to take over the reins. This past season, Leidner was 43-78 passing for 619 yards with a 55% completion rate. He did most of his damage with his legs carrying the ball for 102 times for 407 rushing yards and 7 rushing scores. He will need to learn to not take some big shots he took over the course of the season because he is arguably the most important player on the team. It wasn't a big thing for him to lead last season due to being the back-up quarterback, but hopefully by the end of the spring, he will become the leader they need on this team.

2. Who Is Going To Step Up

You will see new names pop up during this time that have separated themselves or stood out to the coaches. I think the guy to watch in this department is the explosive running back Berkley Edwards, who redshirted last season. Coach Kill has been quoted as saying, "He will playing. He'll be doing a lot of things. He's lighting in a bottle. We've got some flexibility." I think he will open eyes this spring and season, but we will have to see.

3. Stay Healthy

I know coaches think of this every time spring rolls around, but getting through those practices and game healthy is huge. This is a time to improve and figure out things, so injuries are never good, but this hurts when you hear they happen not during the season where you are battling week in and week out.

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