MarQueis Gray remains the starting quarterback for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, but the team will look to find playing time for backup Max Shortell, according to Marcus R. Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Shortell, who won the backup job over freshman Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner, gained valuable experience filling in for Gray on occasion throughout the course of last season, and, with Gray being a senior, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover would like the continue Shortell's maturation by finding him playing time. However, he isn't going to let that agenda get in the way of winning football games.
"We'd love to get another quarterback some additional experience," Limegrover said. "But at the same time MarQueis is pretty special, can be pretty special. If you're going to take him out just to give another guy some experience, they'll probably run me out on a rail."
The Gophers open their season on the road this Saturday against the UNLV Rebels.