Dexter Foreman: Arrived as a late signee in the 2011 draft class out of Manvel, Texas. As a senior, he rushed for 402 yards and 4 TDs and completed 63% of his passes for 1,198 yards and 10 TDs and 5 interceptions. He redshirted last year, so there is not much to gauge his abilities off of yet. However, accounts are he is a solid athlete with a good arm. Most likely he is looking up at MarQueis, Max and Philip, so I wouldn't expect to see him on the field in 2012.
Mitch Leidner: Lost in the hype of Philip Nelson is that Mitch was also brought in with the 2012 class and he enrolled early too. Mitch graduated from Lakeville South High School where he was a 2 year starter with a record of 15-7. As a senior he passed for 1,872 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is a solid 6'4" 225lbs with a strong arm. It is likely he will be redshirting in 2012.
Conclusion: MarQueis gives the Gophers a solid senior quarterback with the ability to hopefully help put wins on the board immediately. It is important to note that Northwestern (Dan Persa) Michigan State (Kirk Cousins) Wisconsin (Russell Wilson) all have to break in new quarterbacks in 2012. MarQueis should be one of the leading quarterbacks in the Big 10 during 2012, while allowing the promising prospects Shortell and Nelson to gain experience from the sideline in 2012. However, it is important to remember that MarQueis runs the ball a lot, so the possibility for injury looms. Thankfully, Max had his baptism by fire last year, so I would envision him stepping in should MarQueis go down. I would expect Max to play much better having had a full offseason to get acclimated to the program and the playbook. Looking into the future, I think the quarterback position is solidly positioned with Shortell and Nelson in the fold. 2013 could shape up to be a heated quarterback battle between the two of them. I certainly believe that competition will help them both develop. The concern would be whether the losing quarterback would transfer out, which would harm our depth, but that is a topic for a much later day.