The Minnesota Golden Gophers appear to be headed towards a running back by committee approach for their backfield in 2012. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill indicated that "there are some combinations we'll use" in regards to the running back situation.
Sophomore running back Donnell Kirkwood indicated that the touches have been split up during team practices and added "I don't think they would practice it that way and then not do it." Kirkwood figures to split time with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College transfer James Gillum, sophomore Devon Wright and freshman K.J. Maye.
Kirkwood, who ran for 229 yards last season, will likely have the title of starting running back but said that the committee approach keeps all of the running backs fresh and all of the RBs must be prepared to have their number called at any time.