Skip to main content

Gophers like local: Weber, Nelson, Leidner and now Rhoda?

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck spoke highly of Conor Rhoda.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

P.J. Fleck is making it sound like redshirt senior Conor Rhoda is the early frontrunner to start at quarterback for the Gophers.

"You look at Conor Rhoda's doing a tremendous job of picking everything up. Is he where he’s going to be? No way," Fleck said after the third spring practice Wednesday. "We are so far away from being an elite football team right now. But he’s picking up the offense. He has command of the offense. He’s learning how to be a leader on the offense, how to be an elite quarterback, in terms of running the offense the way he needs to run it."

Fleck said Demry Croft and Tanner Morgan are "doing a nice job." Less than a month ago Fleck said Morgan, a true freshman from Kentucky, will have a chance to start, according to the Pioneer Press.

Fleck did not mention the four others on the roster: Seth Green, Ray Estes, Neil McLaurin and Samuel Pickerign.

Green stands out because it wasn't too long ago that he was a five-star recruit headed to Oregon. That all fell apart when he was a backup quarterback during his senior season of high school in Texas and he ultimately flipped his commitment to Minnesota.

QBs will separate with time

It's too early to name a starter and only 25 percent of the offense has been installed, Fleck said. Now he wants to see some separation.

"Football’s a game of situations. It’s not just plays. It’s not just practice. Now you’ve got to play the game," Fleck said. "We’ve already played a few times. You saw the last two periods of us getting off the field, guys going out there and playing it. We have to do that a lot more. Especially with a lot of quarterbacks without much experience."

Gophers like local QBs

Rhoda, a Cretin-Derham Hall alum, was the backup to Mitch Leidner last season. His only collegiate start came early last season in a 31-10 win over Maryland. Rhoda went 7 for 15 for 82 yards and a touchdown.

If Rhoda is the guy, he'll be the most recent in what's becoming a pretty long list of Minnesota high school graduates to start for the Gophers.

  • 2007-2010: Adam Weber, Mounds View
  • 2012-2013: Phillip Nelson, Mankato West
  • 2014-2016: Mitch Leidner, Lakeville North

The only year in the last decade the Gophers didn't have a local guy start at quarterback was MarQueis Gray in 2011. Max Shortell also got a few starts in 2012, but Nelson was the primary option that year.

If Rhoda is the starter, you can bet Fleck's "Row the Boat" catchphrase will become "Rho-da boat." Hat tip The Daily Gopher for that one.

Next Up

image

How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

image

St. Paul's new 'skate trail' brings non-traditional park to life

Gateway Park is the first of four parks to open in the Highland Bridge redevelopment.

FWDqyh6UEAENgIG

80 mph winds, large hail possible with severe storms in MN

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the state until 3 a.m. Saturday.

290376311_5009722282489162_198055240351933487_n

30 people evacuated as flooding hammers small town

It's assumed that at least eight inches of rain fell in Randall, with more heavy rain expected Friday night into Saturday morning.

Intersection in Rochester.

Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

Tab2FileL (13)

Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night

Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

court room

Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.

Screen Shot 2022-04-25 at 11.00.01 AM

Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans

It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.

Ron Johnson

Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence

The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.

Stock U of M sign

Minnesota State colleges, U of M boosting tuition again

The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

Related

Gophers like local: Weber, Nelson, Leidner and now Rhoda?

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck spoke highly of Conor Rhoda.

P.J. Fleck is the new Gophers football coach

P.J. Fleck took Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl and appears to be the new head coach of the Gophers.

P.J. Fleck is the new Gophers football coach

P.J. Fleck took Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl and appears to be the new head coach of the Gophers.

Must see: PJ Fleck wishes luck to Gophers basketball team

P.J. Fleck is the greatest cheerleader in the history of college sports.

Must see: PJ Fleck wishes luck to Gophers basketball team

P.J. Fleck is the greatest cheerleader in the history of college sports.

P.J. Fleck > Tim Brewster ... and there's an entire country to back that up

P.J. Fleck has been compared to Tim Brewster, but Gopher fans should know the rest of the country thinks Fleck is for real.

P.J. Fleck > Tim Brewster ... and there's an entire country to back that up

P.J. Fleck has been compared to Tim Brewster, but Gopher fans should know the rest of the country thinks Fleck is for real.

Elite news: Gophers will legally 'Row the Boat' with P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck is getting legal ownership of "Row the Boat." He's so elite.