Gophers release depth chart for Saturday’s game against Iowa

by Jack Satzinger

The Gophers released their depth chart for this Saturday's game against Iowa Thursday night. Sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson, who hurt his hamstring in the first half of Minnesota's 29-12 victory over Western Illinois, may start. On Tuesday, head coach Jerry Kill said that Nelson was not at full strength yet. 

Starting fullback Mike Henry is listed as questionable for Saturday. He was hurt midway through last week's game, but returned. Alex Bisch is out against Iowa. 

In Nelson's absence last week, redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner fluorished. He became just the second Gophers quarterback to ever rush for four touchdowns in a single game, pacing Minnesota to a 43-24 win over San Jose State. He finished with 151 rushing yards. 

Saturday's fight for Floyd of Rosedale promises to be run-heavy on both sides of the ball. Iowa has stud running back Mark Weisman. Minnesota, with either Nelson or Leidner, is a strong running team. David Cobb has emerged as the team's leading rusher despite entering the season as the third-stringer.

Even receivers have taken carries in recent games. K.J. Maye's playmaking ability has brought multiple looks to Minnesota's offense

Saturday's game is sold out, Minnesota's first sell-out since last year's Syracuse game. The Gophers are 4-0 for the second consecutive season after a weak non-conference schedule.