A year ago on signing day, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were excited about the future of the team’s quarterback situation, despite a lack of experience.
Now, junior-to-be Philip Nelson announces he is transferring and the team is right back to where it was at that time.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner made his collegiate debut last season and had a few starts. No other quarterback on the roster has collegiate experience. Leidner is expected to open the season as the starter with redshirt freshman Chris Streveler backing him up.
The coaching staff is really high on Streveler, so he could get a few starts this season. He is very athletic and could be perfect fit for the Gophers offense.
This year’s athletic quarterback that has the coaching staff excited is Dimonic McKinzey. McKinzy, from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Mo., is an undersized quarterback that is listed as an athlete by various recruiting sites. The coaching staff believes he has the talent to play quarterback at the collegiate level and in the Big Ten Conference. He also has offers from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. The Hawkeyes also believe he can play quarterback, while the Jayhawks offered him as an athlete and the Cornhuskers wanted him to play defensive back. Rivals and ESPN both list him as a three-star prospect.
The Gophers also reportedly offered Jacques Perra, from Roseville Area High School in Roseville, Minn., a preferred walk-on spot on the roster. He received the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year Award this season. According to Rivals, he has one offer, which is from South Dakota. Rivals does not list a leader for his signature. Neither Rivals nor ESPN has given him a star rating.
The Gophers coaching staff extended offers to three quarterback prospects and each one has committed to other schools, including one to Northwestern and another to Nebraska.