The Aggie football team is back in action on Saturday when they open up their seven-game home slate against Minnesota. The Aggies are coming off a 56-7 shellacking at the hands of Texas that left the team reeling after feeling good about a first half performance that saw them trailing 14-7.
As we alluded to on Sunday, one of the plusses for the Aggies was that they got out of Austin relatively healthy. The same cannot be said for Minnesota as they saw their top two running backs go down with ankle injuries. Donnell Kirkwood, the team's starting tailback, and Berkeley Edwards (brother of NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards). Both are questionable for Saturday's matchup according to reports in the Pioneer Press. Also questionable are cornerback Derrick Wells (hamstring), tight end Alex Bisch (foot) and defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (undisclosed) who all three missed the UNLV game because of injuries.
The Gophers do have a dual threat quarterback in Philip Nelson and the Aggie defense will definitely need to keep tabs on him. Historically the Aggies have had issues with dual threat quarterbacks (Colin Kaepernick, Chuckie Keeton, Tyler Tettleton, etc) and with the possibility that Kirkwood and Edwards might miss the game, we could see more designed runs for Nelson as Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill lamented the fact that he did not run more zone read option plays for Nelson against UNLV.
The Aggie defense will need to be ready for the Gopher attack after surrendering a UT school-record 715 yards from scrimmage (with a good chunk of that of that coming in the final 32 minutes). Big plays were a bugaboo for the Aggie defense in the game and in particular short yardage plays that turned into big yardage plays and Minnesota's Nelson had a 48-yard touchdown run out of the zone read option and you can certainly expect to see more of that from the Gophers in this game against the Aggies.
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