Spring Spotlight: Five breakout players to watch on offense for the Gophers

With spring practice less than one month away, these five players could turn heads. Some can lock down starting jobs, others could offer the program quality depth.

Colton Beebe

With both fullback Miles Thomas and tight end Lincoln Plsek graduating from the program and upperclassman Duke Anyanwu recovering from another knee surgery, Colton Beebe coming off his redshirt season is primed to step into a big role right away from tight ends coach Rob Reeves. Beebe is close to 265-270 lbs right now and is athletic enough to be a threat in the passing game and is a physical player where he's not afraid to be a mauler in the trenches. Beebe has a grand opportunity ahead of him this spring to make waves at the H / tight end position. 

Nick Connelly

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Connelly also has a great opportunity in front of him with Ben Lauer graduating and the Gophers needing a replacement at left tackle. Reports from Connelly's redshirt year are that he's progressing well and is one of the likely candidates to fill that new void at the tackle position. Can the freshman from Red Wing be the starting left tackle for the Gophers come Oregon State?

Isaiah Gentry

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Gentry has the physical tools to be an absolute impact player for the Gophers with his 6'4" frame with a great burst and top end track speed, but he just has to stay healthy. The Ohio native has battled injuries since he arrived at Minnesota and now that he's heading into his redshirt sophomore year, it's time for Gentry to put it all together. He's flashed his ability when he's healthy, and if he can stay that way, he could be a big weapon for Minnesota in the passing game next year. 

Quinn Oseland

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Oseland was one of the most heralded recruits from Minnesota's 2015 class as the Illinois native chose the Gophers over Oregon, Michigan State and Mississippi State among others and was on Minnesota's travel squad last fall. With three starts departing from the offensive line, Quinn will be working with new offensive line coach Bart Miller and hopefully Miller can get Quinn ready for 2016 in a hurry this spring. 

Hunter Register

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Register was a guy in fall camp that made plays and showed his natural talent using all of his 6'5" frame to high point the football. The next step for Register has to be to continue to develop his routes and his overall route tree with wide receiver's coach Brian Anderson. The more those two things come along, the better chances Register has the kind of impact that Rashad Still had for Minnesota in 2015.

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