GopherIllustrated takes a look at Minnesota's win over Colorado State 31-24 through GIF's of the plays that mattered in the second half.
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Video from Gopher Illustrated of Gophers linebacker Cody Poock at Minnesota's opening press conference.
The most important player for the Gophers in 2016 is quarterback Mitch Leidner. The fifth-year senior does it all for the Gophers and it will be important for Leidner to put up big numbers, as well as stay healthy and on the field.
For the Gophers to contend for the Big Ten West in 2016 they will need a total team effort to improve their ability to stop the run. The play of defensive tackle Steven Richardson will be important in having success.
Damarius Travis turned all his potential into productivity during his junior season in 2014, then suffered a season ending injury in the opener last year.. Travis is back as a redshirt senior in 2016 and ready to help solidify one of the best defenses in the Big Ten West.
Jack Lynn paid his dues and over the past two seasons has developed into one of Minnesota's team leaders and best players on defense. Lynn is poised to go out in style with a huge senior season for the Golden Gophers.
Shannon Brooks showed flashes of dominance in 2015 and put up some big numbers in Big Ten games. For Minnesota to be a contender for a trip to Indianapolis in 2016 Brooks will have to avoid the sophomore slump and improve on his consistency.
Bart Miller, the new offensive line coach at Minnesota, has a lot of talent already on campus and more on the way. The first year coach is now in need of someone who is willing to take a leadership role on the field. A top candidate to handle that responsibility is sophomore center Tyler Moore.