Golden Nugz - 12.26.12

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

I sincerely hope you all had a Merry Christmas and I'm very happy that we all made it though the end of the Mayan calendar. Fortunately NASA is here to explain why the world didn't end, why the earth didn't reverse it's rotation and why it was all a big misunderstanding. Seriously, this is from NASA!

The Mayan connection "was a misconception from the very beginning," says Dr. John Carlson, director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy. "The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date."

I didn't bother with any MCC Bowl updates or predictions because I figured the game would never happen. Silly me. But the Gophers have still be practicing, getting ready for the Red Raiders. Interesting to note that MarQueis Gray and the baby Jesus, Philip Nelson have been splitting reps at QB.

"What we do going into Friday night's game, they're both going to be important," Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Monday. "I don't want to get into what we're going to do game plan-wise, but they're both going to be very important."

Through two practices at Houston's St. Thomas High School, Gray and Nelson have been rotating repetitions with the starting unit.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Gray said. "They just rotate us in right now. Who knows when game day comes. Most likely, I'll be playing a lot more, so we'll see."

Sounds exciting. I hope we get to see a lot o Gray under center for a couple of reasons. One, he adds a unique dimension to our offense when he has the ball in his hands which could lead to some big plays. Two, he is a senior who has put in his dues and done what was asked of him throughout his career. This is a nice gesture to your senior leader. Philip Nelson is likely the future of the program and I don't think losing reps in this one game is going to set him back (nor do I think getting all of the snaps at QB is going to propel him to great things next year). This should be a fun game where the Gophers are going to play loose and have some fun.

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