Reusse: One QB or two? Gophers might have options

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2013 - 7:42 AM

Minnesotans learned lessons for football and life during Bud Grant’s nearly two decades as the steely-eyed visage of the Vikings. The latter included his send-off to the Metrodome crowd on Bud Grant Day when he said, “Thank you for not smoking.”

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romarangitonSep. 20, 1310:26 PM

This could get interesting. I'm still trying to figure out who throws the ball better.

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Izzy96Sep. 21, 13 8:10 AM

TO me it looks like Leidner throws a better ball than Nelson, but not by much. And it might be the coaches have called are different for each QB, too. Maxx Williams looks to be a nice TE find, and should see some balls today. Forcing Big Ten teams to account for two decent QB's in their game planning is a nice idea, and if one QB goes down, the game experience is invaluable as opposed to "coming off the bench".

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kkjerSep. 21, 13 3:01 PM

I was pretty impressed with Leidner today. In addition to his running he made some good decisions throwing.

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hookshotSep. 21, 13 3:36 PM

Any team that doesn't have a credible backup QB is going to get burned. I think we're going to need both to get through the Big Ten season. I wonder how Mitch will feel in the morning... He did great, but took a lot of heavy hits.

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kivirl4Sep. 21, 13 8:11 PM

what happened to Max Shortell? He almost beat USC last year.

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gopherhomerSep. 21, 13 8:38 PM

Pat Reusse, I've never said this before, but thank you for writing a balanced, solidly reported, objective article about Gopher football. I appreciated this article.

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DilemenaSep. 22, 1312:00 AM

to kivirl4: It is true that Max Shortell almost beat USC, but that was 2 seasons ago. After playing a bit last year and sustaining a concussion and possible other injuries, he transferred to Jacksonville State I believe. Where the offensive scheme relies less on the Quarterback run. I wish him success over there as he seemed like a talented young man.

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