Minnesota is getting an early start on the season with a game Sept. 1 against Oregon State, and the Golden Gophers released the first official depth chart Tuesday.
The biggest name missing from the depth chart is tight end Brandon Lingen. The junior caught 33 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns last season, but had offseason shoulder surgery.
Shannon Brooks led the team in rushing in 2015 with 709 yards and seven touchdowns, but he is expected to miss the start of the season with a foot injury. Fellow sophomore Rodney Smith, who ran for 670 yards last year, is listed as the starting tailback with junior college transfer Kobe McCrary behind him.
One key battle during camp has been for the backup quarterback spot behind veteran starter Mitch Leidner. Redshirt junior Conor Rhoda got the nod ahead of sophomore Demery Croft and freshman Seth Green. Croft appeared in three games last season as a freshman. Rhoda played in a pair of games two seasons ago.
The rest of the depth chart, which is subject to change, can be seen here.
— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) August 23, 2016