Another tryout for Edwards on defense

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2011 - 12:22 AM

Running back Lamonte Edwards is practicing with the Gophers linebackers this week.

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podman64Sep. 21, 11 7:57 AM

I like the coaches approach here in moving players and changing the game prep. Unless Gray makes some big progress in his passing, the short game and his running may come to an end during the Big 10 seaon. The rest of the running backs have done little so far so maybe moving Gray to the wildcat might be better for passing and still running. His best chances in the pros is still reciever and is also the best place on this team. This is a building year and would have made sence to go with a young QB.

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DonJeffSep. 21, 11 8:16 AM

Our defense needs all the help it can get and if Edwards can help-it is certainly the right move, and not just for this season. As for Gray-I know he did not play QB in high school, brings many skills to the position, and is learning 'on the job'. However the ability to see the whole field and check-off receivers (ala Joe Montana) is a natural ability-as is having a'touch' on passes. I'm not certain Gray has these natural QB skills-we shall see.

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davlundSep. 21, 11 9:10 AM

Gray did play QB in High School, he was rated the 3rd best dual threat QB in the nation according to most publications. I can recall seeing him play in some All Star game on TV when he donned a Gopher cap and declared for the U. Let Gray do what he does best, and that is misdirection runs off of the play fake, QB draws, sweeps and short passes with a bomb a few times a game. Let the freshman continue to progress, get him in the game when we need to throw to catch up. That will be quite often when we get into the big ten season. But to start Shortell now would be a mistake, the grass isn't always greener......

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Loon03Sep. 21, 1111:03 AM

"Gray did play QB in High School, he was rated the 3rd best dual threat QB in the nation according to most publications." These vaunted "publications" are the well payed views of former, part time, mailmen and current pizza salesmen. They tell no one anything about what a player is or is not compared to the reality that we are seeing with our own eyes. Thus far, Marquis has shown the same natural passing ability as any other natural shot putter would show. I will certainly continue to support the expertise of the coaches we pay to make these decisions and know these guys from practice every day. However, I have seen NOTHING thus far to indicate to me that he is more than a running QB who occasions lofts the ball in the general direction of the same zip code the receiver is in.

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davlundSep. 21, 1111:31 AM

Loon03: I was just responding to a previous post that stated Gray was not a high school qb. He was, that's a fact and so was his natioal rating at the time. My bet would be those publications have a few more credentials than the people you quoted. Granted, it was three years ago and means little today. I will agree that Marquis is at this point a running qb with a below average arm, thus the need to throw short and put the emphasis on what he does best...run the ball. I'm not so sure that denigrating his ability does much good at this point other than making.................... (I edited this out myself, thought better of what I wrote) But everyone is entitled to their own opinion and method of expressing it.

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djsim22Sep. 21, 1112:35 PM

davlund Sep. 21, 11 11:31 AM Loon03: I was just responding to a previous post that stated Gray was not a high school qb. He was, that's a fact and so was his natioal rating at the time. My bet would be those publications have a few more credentials than the people you quoted. Granted, it was three years ago and means little today. I will agree that Marquis is at this point a running qb with a below average arm, thus the need to throw short and put the emphasis on what he does best...run the ball. I'm not so sure that denigrating his ability does much good at this point other than making.................... (I edited this out myself, thought better of what I wrote) But everyone is entitled to their own opinion and method of expressing it. ---------------- Davlund, you have to realize that Loon's main problem with these sites are that he was kicked off of two of them. The publications and websites can be right at times or wrong at times. The real benefit is increased information and a lack of trolls who get booted unlike certain ewspaper blogs.

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dacgoldSep. 21, 11 4:56 PM

No, loonie's real SERIOUS problem is he is frightened to death Gray will do well and rekindle questions of why we through away six or eight games the last two years when Weber couldn't get it done. Loon spent two full years quaking in absolute terror that Gray would get a chance to play. Now that Weber is gone, he can't let go of the overwhelming fear that Gray represents a far greater threat to defenses than Weber ever could.

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dacgoldSep. 21, 11 5:07 PM

Also keep in mind that after three weeks Gray has completed a higher percentage of his passes than either Denard Robinson of Michigan or Martinez of Nebraska, considered the best two QBs in the conference. I'm sure loon is tremendously busy right now advising the Michigan and Nebraska coaching staffs to replace their QBs with true freshmen.

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jnardo1Sep. 21, 11 7:10 PM

Gray played QB in highschool, but not since his Jr year. Add in his redshirt year here and I believe 2 years backing up Weber and that's about 4 years not starting at that position. We shouldn't expect him to come in and light the place up right away, and this year was clearly a rebuilding year anyway with new coaches. Try to at least wait until next year when not only Gray's had time to adjust, but also the coaching staff has time to put these guys in the right place, which the previous coach couldn't do.

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