When Minnesota takes the field Thursday night for its season opener against Oregon State, all eyes will be on Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Liedner.
During a busy offseason, Leidner finally had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left foot and received comparisons to NFL first-round draft pick and former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
Now it’s finally time for the Gophers’ senior leader to take the field. Ahead of Minnesota’s clash with the Beavers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Joe Christensen wrote a detailed feature on what it would mean for Leidner to close his career strong.
In it, Leidner speaks about how his injured foot affected his play the past two seasons and how he feels like a different player now that he’s healthy.
“It’s going to make a huge difference,” he told the Star Tribune. “Playing on one foot the majority of last season — and the season before as well — it’s definitely going to help me move around a little bit better, avoid pressure and step up in the pocket.”
If Leidner can add a little more mobility to an already lethal passing arsenal, opposing defenses are going to have their hands full trying to slow down Minnesota’s offense.
It all starts 8 p.m. Thursday at TCF Bank Stadium.
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