U freshman QB Shortell keeps making strides

  • Article by: MYRON P. MEDCALF , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 24, 2011 - 6:45 AM

Max Shortell has put together a string of impressive performances,

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options44Aug. 24, 11 8:46 AM

What about the other remaining QB's from last season? Other than MarQueis you don't hear anything about them. No longer in the mix?

glenlivetAug. 24, 1111:57 AM

"Kill said Gray continues to learn some of the nuances of the position"--like handling a snap from center. Shortell will play quite a bit, right away, it appears. With the injury to Cooper, and Gray's added size, he'll probably be a linebacker at the end of the season, with Cooper's speed, he'll probably be at tailback. Some of this stuff that Kill inherited just must drive him nuts--imagine your starting qb, or heir apparent qb, only took snaps from the shotgun(?)--this stuff is going to wear him out before the season starts.

notsidAug. 24, 1112:01 PM

Good to hear as he sounds like a possible big time QB for Minnesota. Gray will be given his chance first, of course, but will probably quickly or at least after a few games, be returned to the wide receiver spot where he can put his athletic ability to work in full display and help the Gopher's win. If he had the cognitive skills and maturity to be the QB during his first two years at the U, Brewster under pressure to win would have made him his #1 QB but he did not. I suspect that the Killster will arrive at the same conclusion regarding Gray after giving him every chance to succeed at the QB position.

rysauAug. 24, 1112:56 PM

You guys and your questioning of Gray's "cognitive ability" are so insulting. Maybe Brewster didn't start him because he was a horrible coach that got pretty much everything wrong in his time here. Maybe it was because he had a 4 year senior in Webber that held pretty much every record at the school that he had decided to put his faith in instead of handing it over to a sophmore with 1 year of experience. He hasn't even started a game yet and you are insulting his intelligence. I wonder what would predispose you folks to thinking he is dumb, wouldnt be any engrained prejudice would it?

Andrew721Aug. 24, 11 1:11 PM

I was going to comment differently on this story but the negative nellies that cruise the Gopher articles is overwhelming. Why do you guys even care? Or is it your lot in life to make other people irritated. If thats it then you have achieved nirvana, go die happy and let the real Gopher fans debate and enjoy the upcoming season.

notsidAug. 24, 11 1:28 PM

Objecting to cognitive ability and maturity just as I have claiemd regarding Jackson...who put that on display once again against the Vikings the other night? Insulting? Now where in the living Gopher do you reach that conclusion? Just as I always said with Jackson, Gray is a great athlete with skills that may well prove to be better utilized at the wide receiver position, nothing more and nothing less. By the way, time will tell as the season wears on whether Gray is cut out to be a QB or whether he can do better at the wide receiver. I think that it will prove to be the latter after 4-5 games but so what, as long as he is able to contribute to Gopher success

rysauAug. 24, 11 1:41 PM

My point is no one says "I think Ponder has the athletic ability but I question his cognitive ability" before he even has a chance to run the show. If you had seed a seasons worth of games with Gray at QB and came to that conclusion that would be one thing. But to assume he isn't smart enough based off of zero games starting tells me that something else is going on in the heads of the people calling him out.

hereistandAug. 24, 11 8:47 PM

Gray gets the USC game to seal-the-deal as the QB for the next game. Marquis is probably a game-by-game decision until game 5. If he has performed well in the first 4 games, my guess he is the starter the rest of the way. Otherwise, I like the idea of MG going to LB if the QB thing does not work out. He is too good of an athlete to not have on the field. Phil seems impressed with Shortell, and apparently the coaches are too. Max certainly has the height and strength and he played QB the last few years for a premier HS program. Marquis had to sputter around at QB under Brewster. This could be a really fun year, despite the record we may end up with. Win or lose, there my Gophers, Kill is my coach, these are my players . . . I'm not going to bail on them, regardless.

outdoor338Sep. 3, 11 6:01 PM

Shortell did an awesome job today. I have to say I was very impressed. Kill is helping these kids get their confidence back after brewster. Todays game, will be a great for our kids. Now they can start believeing in the Gophers coaching staff and each other, its a start, and this fan is very happy with kill, the coaching staff and the Gophers squad!

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