Mo is coming back!

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Nah let's have Bucky back there returning kicks (punts and an occasional kickoff) and making plays.
Would rather get the extra year. But at the end of the day, it should be up to Bucko. If he would rather play special teams, so be it.
 



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Hmmm, wouldn’t be surprised if one of Ky/Bucky transfers…really think they are both gonna wanna sit behind Mo and each other? Or get <10 carries a game?
I highly doubt either one of them will look to transfer because of this. RB get banged up, we are a run heavy program, they have lots of eligibility left. They are going to get plenty of opportunities even with Mo back for one more year. Guys like Potts, Williams, if they are healthy and back might explore options but I will be very surprised if Ky or Bucko jump ship after this season.
 



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Great news for Mo and the Gophers. How many players return to top form after this kind of injury?
 


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Hmmm, wouldn’t be surprised if one of Ky/Bucky transfers…really think they are both gonna wanna sit behind Mo and each other? Or get <10 carries a game?
I would be surprised if they are that short sighted.
 




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I disagree with that. Thomas will get plenty of carries with Mo, next year.

Irving will redshirt, since he missed that chance this year. That's just fine.
I highly doubt he redshirts. Most good rbs won’t stay four years anyways.
 



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Not as short sighted with immediate eligibility following a transfer now….comparing to past situations with the new rules is silly.
I doubt they came here expecting to be the workhorse as sophomores. Very small chance they would walk into that role at another P5 school if they left.
 



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Not as short sighted with immediate eligibility following a transfer now….comparing to past situations with the new rules is silly.
I get it, with the new rules it is easier to transfer. And for a player obsessed with playing time it might be an attractive option. But fans are way too quick to assume guys are going to transfer. There is a ton that goes into that decision.
 

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LET'S GO!!! I understand what some are saying about the room being crowded, but no doubt Mo will have some bumps and after this year I think its fair to say we cannot have enough RB. Hopefully that OL can get rebuilt quick and we can continue to dominate the ground.
 

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I know transfers are different now than just a few years ago, but if anyone can convince the young guys that it’s worth sticking around and waiting for your shot, it’s Mo.
 

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Hmmm, wouldn’t be surprised if one of Ky/Bucky transfers…really think they are both gonna wanna sit behind Mo and each other? Or get <10 carries a game?

Depends how bought into the culture they are. If they care about Mo - which I strongly believe they do - I think they would gladly have him take the lead (just like Mo did when Rodney and Shannon were back). Also, after this year, it would be hard to not think you'd be getting playing time as the #3 back.
 

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Great news for Mo and the Gophers. How many players return to top form after this kind of injury?

Someone posted in another thread that a study showed about 65-70% of football players return to form after an achilles.
 

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Someone posted in another thread that a study showed about 65-70% of football players return to form after an achilles.
the history ain't great, especially among NFL RBs, but he does have youth on his side.

A good number of Achilles injuries happen to backs who were already nearing the end, and the tear finished them off.

Kevin Durant is probably the most successful athlete post-tear that I can think of. But he uses a lot different movements than a football RB.
 

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LET'S GO!!! I understand what some are saying about the room being crowded, but no doubt Mo will have some bumps and after this year I think its fair to say we cannot have enough RB. Hopefully that OL can get rebuilt quick and we can continue to dominate the ground.

I think people are assuming we are losing the entire OL, but may not be the case. While Big Dan, Olson and Schleuter are gone, I think older Ruschmeyer is likely back. Schmitz and Andries are gonna come down to draft feedback, but would not be shocked to see one or both back.

I also think Mo is the first domino to fall and we will see more announcements next week. I heavily believe CAB will be back (similar situation to Mo as far as NFL stock being sidetracked this year by injuries). And in what will likely be the most divisive topic this offseason, Morgan may very well return.
 

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I think people are assuming we are losing the entire OL, but may not be the case. While Big Dan, Olson and Schleuter are gone, I think older Ruschmeyer is likely back. Schmitz and Andries are gonna come down to draft feedback, but would not be shocked to see one or both back.

I also think Mo is the first domino to fall and we will see more announcements next week. I heavily believe CAB will be back (similar situation to Mo as far as NFL stock being sidetracked this year by injuries). And in what will likely be the most divisive topic this offseason, Morgan may very well return.
I’m fine with Tanner returning just for his leadership presence, but there needs to be a clear QB competition in the off-season.
 

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Can't imagine needing anymore reason to root for a guy. Class act, team guy.
 


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Everyone realizes that we play 3+ backs a game even when Mo is healthy. We run 70% of the time.
Last “great” year, we had Rodney, Shannon and Mo all taking regular snaps, plus some depth. Three plus some depth is a good formula for a long, grueling season … even if we decide to rediscover the passing game.
 

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I’m fine with Tanner returning just for his leadership presence, but there needs to be a clear QB competition in the off-season.

In order to keep the younger QBs happy, you'd have to think that would be necessary. That said, if Tanner comes back, I don't see how we wouldn't lose at least one of Annexstad and/or Clark. I think Kramer has a role now and is a Gopher to his core. Also, Athan and Knuth would be too young to be discouraged by a year learning.
 

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I think people are assuming we are losing the entire OL, but may not be the case. While Big Dan, Olson and Schleuter are gone, I think older Ruschmeyer is likely back. Schmitz and Andries are gonna come down to draft feedback, but would not be shocked to see one or both back.

I also think Mo is the first domino to fall and we will see more announcements next week. I heavily believe CAB will be back (similar situation to Mo as far as NFL stock being sidetracked this year by injuries). And in what will likely be the most divisive topic this offseason, Morgan may very well return.
Agree with your take here. Will be very interesting to see who elects to come back and who goes pro. Guessing there will be a lot of announcements after the games this weekend as guys declare their intentions for next season.

If Morgan is back it will definitely be a big debate around here. That combined with the OC spot.
 

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Agree with your take here. Will be very interesting to see who elects to come back and who goes pro. Guessing there will be a lot of announcements after the games this weekend as guys declare their intentions for next season.

If Morgan is back it will definitely be a big debate around here. That combined with the OC spot.

Very curious how PJ would play the Tanner situation too? PJ seems like he is honest and direct. Would he say, "love to have you back, but there will be a competition with the guys who have been waiting"? Or would outright he promise Tanner the starting job if he decided to come back?

As much as he clearly loves Tanner and considers him family, I just can't see him doing the latter. Seems like that would go against the kind of drive for competition he always talks about wanting in his program.
 

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Zero chance Irving redshirts.

He is too dynamic and fulfills a role that the others don’t. He will get plenty of snaps next year.
Will probably return kicks, maybe punts, will play some passing down back, will play some slot
 


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Very curious how PJ would play the Tanner situation too? PJ seems like he is honest and direct. Would he say, "love to have you back, but there will be a competition with the guys who have been waiting"? Or would outright he promise Tanner the starting job if he decided to come back?

As much as he clearly loves Tanner and considers him family, I just can't see him doing the latter. Seems like that would go against the kind of drive for competition he always talks about wanting in his program.
Don't see them promising the job to Tanner but think it would take them seeing something really special in one of the other guys to unseat him from the starting job. They would need to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that putting in Athan or someone else would lead to significant improvement on the field.
 




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