Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill will not redshirt six true freshman, and they will travel to the season opener against UNLV, according to Marcus R. Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The six freshman -- wide receivers Jamel Harbison and Andre McDonald, running back K.J. Maye, safeties Antonio Johnson and Damarius Travis and cornerback Eric Murray -- are not expected to start for the Gophers, but could see time on special teams. On the decision, Kill stated that these players' availability is necessary given the current state of their depth chart.
"I'd redshirt them all if we were in the situation to do it," Kill said about his true freshmen. "Right now, if you've seen us since spring, (we) felt we needed some playmakers."
While some true freshman will play this season, not all will be able to avoid the redshirt, as Kill has expressed his intentions to redshirt all of his freshman offensive lineman.
Minnesota finished last season in last place of the Big Ten Legends division with a record of 3-9. They open their 2012 campaign Aug. 30 at UNLV.