Gophers Football: Mitch Leidner to start over Philip Nelson against Wolverines


Sep 21, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) drops back for a pass in the first quarter against the San Jose State Spartans at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner will get the start over sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson on Saturday versus the Michigan Wolverines.

Leidner is 12-of-20 with 176 yards passing this season. Additionally, he has 251 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns through four game appearances, including a start against San Jose State two weeks ago.

Nelson, who struggled against Iowa last week after returning from a hamstring injury, is suited up against Michigan.

In other quarterback news, freshman  third-string Chris Streveler is out against the Wolverines after suffering a hand injury in practice this week.

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