I thought we'd gotten the Mitch stuff out of our system earlier this week. Argued it through, talked it out, moved along. And then I wake up this morning and find the following tweets and stories waiting for me:
#Gophers staff really pondering whether to burn Croft's redshirt or not since also have Leidner another year & @TPoljan_1 arriving in 2016.— Marcus R. Fuller (@GophersNow) September 18, 2015
Jerry Kill on QB @_TheRealDCroft_: "One of the most difficult decisions you have to make is what are we going to do with our young freshman"— Marcus R. Fuller (@GophersNow) September 18, 2015
Sigh...you're killing me coach. I wonder what this might lead to...
Saturday only added to the intrigue. Croft lined up with the second-team offense during warmups. Chris Streveler spelled Leidner for a handful of plays during the game, once again, without throwing a pass.
Kill said he was "embarrassed" with the first-half offense. Just before the second-half kickoff, the camera showed him removing his headset to speak to Croft. Was the coach close to pulling the redshirt right there?
And then there is this...
Playing too early backfires more often than not, but that hasn't stopped programs from starting first-year quarterbacks.
"Each situation is unique," ESPN analyst and former Washington quarterback Brock Huard said. "But ultimately if you've got a young talent with massive upside, I don't mind playing him at an early age."
/hears sirens in the distance
And yes, in the context of this conversation/GIF, I am Gru. Look at my face...I am displeased.
To be clear, I'm not blaming Joe C or Marcus and I'm not calling them out. While there were sections of both stories I'd quibble with, they did write stories that cover multiple angles and both note why a change would be a risky idea. I'm just annoyed that we're back here already. I purposefully held off on writing a charting based post about Mitch because it felt like we as a community (and the wider Gopher fanbase) had done their internet venting about the passing game against CSU and I didn't want to beat the dead horse.
And yet here we are. So welcome to #QBGAZE2015 everyone. The #QBGAZE minion greets you all as friends.