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Chris Streveler ran for 161 yards but passed for just seven yards in his first-career start.
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Last year when San Jose State came to town, a redshirt freshman made his first-career start and used his legs to lead the Gophers to a victory.

Fast forward 364 days and the storyline was still the same.

This time, it was Chris Streveler filling in for an injured Mitch Leidner and leading the team to a 24-7 victory — instead of Leidner filling in for former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson.

“Mitch and I were talking before the game about the similarities of the games that him and I both had. It’s just kind of funny,” Streveler said.

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Improved pass protection should lead to improved quarterback play.
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The Gophers finished last in the Big Ten in passing offense last season, more than 600 yards less than the next closest team.

Three games into this season, the Gophers find themselves in the same place.

Redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner has thrown for 362 yards, which is second to last among Big Ten starting quarterbacks.

However, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said the passing game struggles don’t fall completely on Leidner’s shoulders, as the quarterback hasn’t been getting enough time in the pocket.

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The matchup with the Spartans could be similar to last year’s game.
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Thu, 09/18/2014
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The Gophers (2-1) close out their nonconference slate at home against San Jose State on Saturday. And with their starting quarterback hobbled, a speedy redshirt freshman may get his first career start under center.

The scene should sound familiar.

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Improved pass protection should lead to improved quarterback play.
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The Gophers finished last in the Big Ten in passing offense last season, more than 600 yards less than the next closest team.

Three games into this season, the Gophers find themselves in the same place.

Redshirt sophomore Mitch Leidner has thrown for 362 yards, which is second to last among Big Ten starting quarterbacks.

However, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said the passing game struggles don’t fall completely on Leidner’s shoulders, as the quarterback hasn’t been getting enough time in the pocket.

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The matchup with the Spartans could be similar to last year’s game.
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The Gophers (2-1) close out their nonconference slate at home against San Jose State on Saturday. And with their starting quarterback hobbled, a speedy redshirt freshman may get his first career start under center.

The scene should sound familiar.

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Leidner to practice full go Tuesday.
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Wed, 09/17/2014
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A series of injuries have challenged the Gophers football team this season, spurring frustration from head coach Jerry Kill as a handful of his players go under the knife this week.

With only one more game between Minnesota and Big Ten play, the team is counting on the injured athletes to heal quickly and having younger players step up to fill the gap in attempt to ensure a strong performance in upcoming games.

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Minnesota’s passing attack is struggling, but KJ Maye is gaining momentum.
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Wed, 09/17/2014
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When fall camp ended and reporters asked Jerry Kill who had impressed him the most, the Gophers head coach quickly said KJ Maye.

But Maye didn’t have a single catch in Minnesota’s season-opening victory against Eastern Illinois.

A few days later, redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner said there were “a lot more things” the Gophers would do in their next game in early September against Middle Tennessee State to get Maye the ball.

Maye finished that game with zero receptions, too.

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Sun, 09/14/2014
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Fans react to the Vikings playing at TCF Bank Stadium at the home-opener game against New England Patriots.
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Mon, 09/15/2014
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Recap: The Gophers started their first road game of the season slow and never caught up as they lost to TCU 30-7. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner started for the Gophers after battling an injury throughout the week. Leidner couldn’t get it going, though, as he went 12-for-26 with 151 yards and three costly interceptions.

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