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Did Minnesota make the wrong call on starting QB?

[ 0 ] September 28, 2013 |

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota coach Jerry Kill might have opened himself up to second-guessers Saturday.

In what he called a game-time decision, Kill started Philip Nelson at quarterback – a week after Mitch Leidner was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week in his first career start.

Nelson was mostly ineffective with his arm (12-for-24 for 135 yards with two interceptions) and legs (minus-18 rushing yards after going for 127 earlier this month against New Mexico State).

Why Nelson, who was coming off a hamstring injury, over Leidner, who ran for 151 yards and four scores in last week’s 43-24 win against San Jose State?

“He practiced all week and he’s our first-string quarterback,” Kill said. “When he’s good to go, we’re going to play him.”

Kill mulled switching things up with Leidner. But he said Iowa’s edge in possession time (36:01 to 23:59) kept Minnesota from gaining the same offensive rhythm it had in assembling 167 points in its first four games.

“Switching quarterbacks during the game wouldn’t have changed much of our play,” Kill said.

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