The expectations are as high as ever for the Minnesota Gophers next season and there are three newcomers that will make a huge difference in making the team contenders in the Big 10 once again.
The signing of running back Jeff Jones, a huge instate recruit put the Gophers’ staff and fans in a very good mood for once. Typically, instate talent as good as Jones heads elsewhere to play their collegiate career. Jones chose to stay home and will make the biggest impact for the team next season.
It’s going to be nice to have dual threat running backs in David Cobb and Jones in the backfield, although Jones could play the role as a receiver from time to time due to his insane athleticism and ability to make plays on offense anywhere on the field.
Minnesota should have one of the best running games in the country if Jones lives up to his potential.
Another great signing on offense was wide receiver Melvin Holland Jr. Rivals.com gave him a four-star rating, but some experts say that Holland Jr. was the steal of recruiting. Minnesota is lucky to have him.
The receiving core in Minnesota hasn’t been stellar in a few years since the departure of Eric Decker, but Holland Jr. will be a deep threat with his 6’3 slender body frame.
Holland Jr. will certainly be a major addition to the Gophers’ receiving core next season.
Third on the list is someone who was on the team last season, but didn’t see any action due to a thumb injury. Quarterback Chris Streveler will rejoin the team as a Freshman and look to take the starting job away from Mitch Leinder at the start of the season.
Streveler has been excellent this spring, while Leidner has been sub-par. The Gophers’ biggest need is a solid QB and if Streveler continues to make strides he could be the guy.
It will be interesting to see if Streveler gets to see a lot of action if Leidner struggles.
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