Projected Golden Gopher Football 2-Deep

Based on reports out of fall practice and expected contributors, this would be my projected 2-deep for Gopher Football 2013.

With comments below...

MINNESOTA
OFFENSE
Pos 1st Team YR 2nd Team YR
QB Philip Nelson SO Mitch Leidner rFR
RB Donnell Kirkwood JR Rodrick Williams / Berkley Edwards SO / FR
FB Mike Henry SR Tyler Hartmann rFR
WR Isaac Fruechte JR Andre McDonald SO
WR Derrick Engel SR Eric Carter FR
WR KJ Maye SO Jamel Harbison rFR
TE Drew Goodger JR Maxx Williams / Lincoln Plsek rFR / SO
LT Ed Olson SR Marek Lenkiewicz JR
LG Zac Epping JR Joe Bjorklund SO
C Jon Christenson SO Tommy Olson JR
RG Caleb Bak JR Isaac Hayes rFR
RT Josh Campion SO Foster Bush SO
DEFENSE
Pos 1st Team YR 2nd Team YR
DE Theiran Cockran SO Alex Keith SO
DT Ra'Shede Hageman SR Scott Ekpe SO
DT Cameron Botticelli JR Roland Johnson / Yoshoub Timms SR / rFR
DE Michael Amaefula JR Hank Ekpe / Ben Perry FR / JR
OLB Aaron Hill SR Nick Rallis rFR
MLB Damien Wilson JR Jack Lynn rFR
OLB De'Vondre Campbell SO James Manuel SR
CB Derrick Wells JR Briean Boddy-Calhoun JR
S Cedric Thompson JR Martez Shabazz SR
S Brock Vereen SR Antonio Johnson SO
CB Eric Murray SO Jalen Myrick / Demarius Travis FR / SO

This team may not exactly be "young", particularly when it comes to the 1st team O and D.  But they are lacking in seniors.  When you factor in the 2nd team where you have 8 redshirt freshmen in the mix for playing time along with 9 sophomores, then you start to see that there is still plenty of youth on this roster.

1st Team 2nd Team Total
FR - 4 4
rFR - 8 8
SO 7 9 16
JR 10 4 14
SR 6 3 9

Things can still shift around and there are few other player in the mix for playing time that I did not include in the above chart.  Additional tight ends and defensive backs come to mind pretty quickly.

I would expect that an official 2-deep will be released a week from Monday leading up to the UNLV game. Until then you can use this as a guide for discussion.

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