What To Watch: Spring Practice 2015

GopherDigest takes a look at some of the positions to watch this spring and who could be filling the void left as well

GopherDigest takes a look at some of the positions to watch this spring and who could be filling the void left as well

Quarterbacks: This along with who replaces David Cobb are the two big questions heading into spring practice. Kill has been clear that this is Leidner's team, but does he even have any real competition? Last year’s backup was Chris Streveler, who has yet to show much prowess passing the ball. Redshirt freshman walk-on Jaques Perra will push Streveler for the backup spot as he may be the best passer on the team, but lacks the physical tools that make Leidner and Streveler dangerous on the ground. The biggest key this spring at the quarterback position will undoubtably be Leidner's continued development. Despite his inconsistencies, this is Mitch's team.

Running backs: The Gophers must replace their top individual performer at the position in David Cobb. There is no clear cut favorite as to who will replace him. Roderick Williams is the veteran of the group. Roderick, despite his stature, is surprisingly explosive, but has yet to consistency see the field. Next up is Berkley Edwards. There is no doubt Edwards has the speed needed, but whether or not he can run between the tackles remains to be seen. The most exciting option is likely freshman Jeff Jones. There is little doubt he has the tools to be special, but whether or not he can pick up on the basics like blocking in time to receive substantial carries remains to be seen.

Wide receivers: The Gophers lose their top receiving threat in possible 1st round pick Maxx Williams. They do however add in three redshirt freshman receivers who add an element of athleticism that has been sorely lacking outside of the now dismissed Donovahn Jones. Outside of the redshirt freshman the top two candidates to replace Williams are K.J. Maye and Drew Wolitarsky. Neither have shown the ability to be a traditional #1 receiver, but both are capable of producing better numbers than we've seen; especially with what will likely be a more balanced attack.

Brice Marich also contributed to this report


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