Gophers, QB show they are a work in progress

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2011 - 1:24 AM

MarQueis Gray, though erratic and tentative at times Saturday, showed glimmers of great potential in the second half.

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Loon03Oct. 22, 11 8:49 PM

Let us not get giddy here. MG also fumbled the ball three times. Yes, it is nice to see him get a bit better and healthier. But, is he able to make the correct decisions in the time he has? Not yet, maybe never. In any case, he is only one of the dozens of players of ours who have a long way to go before we will be beating other good teams. One other comment, I do not not think that was a great Nebraska team we played this year. I would say rather average by their standards.

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gener7Oct. 22, 11 9:31 PM

I don't see the progress, I'd just call them a piece of work. I will give them one thing - I believe the 1983 was worse.

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clelOct. 22, 11 9:48 PM

This is the worst team in the nation.

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mobydick1Oct. 23, 11 6:25 AM

I certainly do not presume to have the football knowledge of a college coach; however I have a question. It doesn't appear that MG will develop into a professional league quarterback. He is a wosnderful athletic football player. I could see him as a profesional tight end or running back. Isn't it a bit unfair to continue playing him at quarterback when Shortel could play quarterback and Gray could be a running back? He might be the second coming of AP.

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tomzzzOct. 23, 11 7:57 AM

Of 120 D1 teams, total offense: MN #113, Northern Illinois #7.

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podman64Oct. 23, 11 8:14 AM

Rand, what are you watching? The game was over at half, they practiced passing and then the reserves started playing. Kill keeps saying he would like another quarter to keep playing, yes against the other teams reserves. Gray had 9 yards passing the first half, when it mattered. He should look better against reserves, Neb could have scored 60 like Wisconsin will do.

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KRAndersonOct. 23, 11 9:05 AM

The body language of Marcus Gray suggests that he is content to be a bad QB. The fist pumps for the occasional good play need to stop. No leadership on this team...

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shanenordOct. 23, 11 9:22 AM

But I thought Grey was supposed to be playing last year he was so great? This team hasnt had a QB in decades.

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gogophersgo1Oct. 23, 1110:18 AM

Gray fumbles WAYYYYYY too much. His ratio per touch, both as Qb and a WR, is ridiculously high. All that aside, I'm surprised that this was one of the only times they attempted to run a trick play. I can only think of one other one earlier in the year, which failed, but at least they tried. Seems like anything to be a little less predictable would be nice - and maybe run before it's 34-0? Hopefully they have a few tricks up their sleeve to run against Iowa. I clearly don't expect them to win, but it'd be nice to slap them in the fee a couple times before we say goodbye to Floyd. (Of course, we didn't expect them to win last year either - though sadly, that was a more talented and consistent group than this, particularly on offense.)

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playerOct. 23, 1110:40 AM

He was often erratic and tentative throwing the ball.. I keep hoping that one of the coaches will teach him how PASS the football and not just throw it.

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