Thursday, July 22, 2010
Minnesota Gophers Will Need a Running Game
Since Laurence Maroney left for the NFL in 2006, the Minnesota Gophers have not been able to develop a running game. They struggled last season in the running department, finishing last in the Big Ten in rushing yards. The primary running backs were DeLeon Eskridge, Duane Bennett, and Kevin Whaley. Bennett and Eskridge will return this season and Kevin Whaley has been kicked off the team. Joining the tandem will be Lamonte Edwards, Donnell Kirkwood, Devon Wright, and R.J. Buckner. Of these players, the Minnesota Gophers will be looking for one of these guys to emerge as the go-to-guy at running back. If Minnesota can get the ground game going it will help them manage the clock and balance defenses. With Adam Weber at quarterback, the Minnesota Gophers hope to discover the ground game to compliment the passing attack.