Posted by Adam Jacobi
Gridiron Gold, a Minnesota Golden Gophers-themed blog for the Minnesota-St. Paul Star Tribune, had a report from the Gophers' first day of fall practices on Saturday. The main gist of the report is that the Gophers' offense was struggling mightily, which didn't even catch Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover by surprise. That's fine, because offenses often struggle in a coach's first fall practice with his squad, and there's hardly cause for alarm in Minneapolis here.
That said, though... there might be a fundamental flaw in Minnesota's approach, and one that head coach Jerry Kill can easily fix. Here's a snippet burined lower in the above linked report:
The Gophers won't post 11-man depth charts for offense and defense, Kill said. "It's a starting 22 on offense and a starting 22 on defense. We'll play a lot of people," he said.
22 starters is way too many starters, guys! Anything over 11 is a penalty (we checked the rule book). Of course there's going to be confusion when there's seven wide receivers all out running routes and two quarterbacks fighting over the football. That's just bad football, everybody knows that.
Anyway, we got a hold of one of Minnesota's many new 22-player formations. Don't ask us how. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the revolutionary, sensational, and completely illegal Jumbo Power Right Quintuple Wing-Crooked-I Pro:
You should see the spread flex. Impossible to stop, if only the refs would stop blowing every play dead as soon as the huddle breaks. Fun haters.