After breaking out toward the latter half of the last season for Minnesota, GopherDigest projects senior wide receiver K.J. Maye to be our breakout player of the year for the Gophers offense in 2015.
"KJ Maye had even a better year," Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill said on Tuesday at his opening press conference. "As we go back through film, KJ Maye had a pretty good year last year, and he has stepped up his game, so we need him to continue to grow in that."
A former two-star product, Maye caught 16 passes for 298 yards and one touchdown, plus rushed 23 times for 144 yards and one touchdown. The Mobile (Ala.) native has played in all 39 games in his career, but looks to end his senior season with a bang.
"KJ Maye had a very good season last year and he has continued to improve," Gophers coach Jerry Kill said to the Knoxville Sentinel Sports at Big Ten Media days. "That’s important to us for success."
The question remains who besides Maye will step up as fellow Gopher wide receivers Drew Wolitarsky, Eric Carter, Jeffrey Jones, Melvin Holland, Isaiah Gentry, Desmond Gant and even true freshman Hunter Register and Rashad Still have a chance to get reps come TCU. If Minnesota's really going to take the next step in the passing game this fall, Maye is going to be the guy to benefit the most from that in 2015.