Leidner's rough game a slow start or legitimate concern?


Mitch Leidner finished Minnesota's season-opening loss to TCU 19-for-35 for 197 yards and a touchdown, but it was far from a dazzling effort.

Sixty-six of those yards came on two plays; a 36-yard connection to K.J. Maye on a flea-flicker and a 30-yard hit to Drew Wolitarsky, with most of that yardage coming after the catch.

"We clean up a few things here and there, and we know we're going to be great," Leidner said after the game, according to ESPN.

Leidner, whom Gophers coaches raved about during the preseason and praised for attending the Peyton and Eli Manning passing camp, was wildly inconsistent in his first start as a redshirt junior captain, but nobody on the Gophers is questioning his status as the team's starting quarterback. Others, however, are.

Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune wrote: "If Leidner doesn't look like he's capable of beating a good team, I think Croft could end up taking over."

Demry Croft is a true freshman from Rockford, Illinois, and he turned heads with a solid preseason training camp.

Patrick Reusse called Leidner an "unreliable passer" who won't make it as the starter if he doesn't improve.

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