After a brief hiatus due to a calendar full of work and family obligations, it is time to dive back into detailed analysis of the Gophers roster. Next up is the cornerback position. Gone is senior Kyle Henderson who played in all 12 games and registered 67 tackles with 5 passes defended. The other key departure is the result of a position change, as Brock Vereen is making the transition from cornerback to saftey this spring. Brock proved to be a bright spot at corner last year, but with the influx of JUCO corners it is not surprising that Jerry is seeking to plug a big hole at saftey due to the graduation of Kim Royston. The great news is that Troy Stoudermire was rewarded an extra year of eligibility as a result of a broken arm that derailed his season. After Stoudermire went down last year, the Gophers simply lacked consistent playmakers at the cornerback position. Gophers corners accumulated 3 interceptions last year and 2 of those were by Stoudermire, who only started 5 games! It is tough to put all the blame on the secondary as we have already discussed how the lack of pressure generated by the front four. As a result, the corners were simply called upon to cover for too long. Who will the corners roaming the Gophers secondary be in the upcoming years?
http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/145449395.html Michael has always had the talent to be a Big 10 caliber cornerback and he is finally flashing those skills this spring. I look for Michael to carry that over to the fall and end his Gophers career on a high note.