April 11, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach Jerry Kill liked the way starting quarterback Mitch Leidner and his two backups performed during the Gophers' spring game on Saturday.

Some of the young receivers need to find a way to hold onto the ball.

''They need to help the quarterbacks out, make plays,'' Kill said. ''I'd rather have them drop balls now than later on.''

Leidner got the fewest reps, completing 5 of 11 for 53 yards. Chris Streveler and Conor Rhoda combined to complete 13 of 39 passes, with Rhoda throwing the only scoring pass of the day.

The Gophers are in need of a receiver to step forward after the early departure of tight end Maxx Williams.

Running back Rodrick Williams led a dominating first drive of the day, punctuated by a 12-yard touchdown run while dragging three defenders into the end zone.

You May Like