Gophers making position changes

Glen Mason talked about several position changes that he has implemented for spring football practice. The Gophers are hoping that some of these changes can pay off as the team hopes to improve on a 10-3 mark.

Kyle McKenzie, who has been a drop linebacker, will move to inside linebacker. Mason felt he was better suited there, but the move may not be permanent. McKenzie started 12 games last season and finished fifth in tackles and had a team-high two forced fumbles.

Defensive end Mark Losli will move inside to defensive tackle and DT Darrell Reid will move to DE. This move is also experimental as they tried this before the Sun Bowl game and found that this worked well, but didn't feel comfortable enough to use it against Oregon, according to Mason. He feels that this move will provide more athleticism outside, which will mean more quarterback pressures and sacks and will provide more flexibility and depth with two experienced players who can fill in at either position. Losli has started 22 straight games and is tied for 10th all-time in sacks. Reid was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season.  

Jamal Harris, a redshirt freshman, will move from safety to cornerback. Harris, a 6-0, 180-pounder, is currently listed second on the spring depth chart.

Chris Holden, a 5-11, 225-pound sophomore will move from linebacker to defensive end. He is a former walk-on from Eden Prairie.

Pat McCarthy, another freshman, will from linebacker to defensive end. He is a 6-0, 235-pounder.

John Scroggins, who started at wide receiver and then moved to linebacker during the bowl practice, will move to defensive end. He is a 6-5, 225 pound redshirt freshman.

Junior Eugene, who played mostly special teams, moves from defensive end to fullback. He is a 6-1, 230-pound junior.


Mike Sherels moved from fullback, where Mason said they were impressed with him at linebacker. He is a 6-0, 235-pound redshirted freshman.

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