Gophers Quarterback Battle Heats Up

August 11, 2017 08:30 PM

The Gophers football team has a closed scrimmage on Saturday and it could be the practice that decides who their starting quarterback will be for the opener against Buffalo on August 31.

Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft are in an open competition for the starting job and have been pushing each other since spring practice.

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"We have to come out every single day ready to go," Rhoda said on Friday. "There's no room for either of us to take a step back."

"We're working together on the field and. the film room, so I think it's great." Croft says. "We're making each other better and the team better."

Rhoda is a fifth-year senior and former walk-on who started one game at Maryland last season for an injured Mitch Leidner.

Croft is a sophomore who took a redshirt last season. He appeared in three games in 2015, including the second half at Northwestern after Leidner was benched.

Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck said there are also good competitions on the offensive line, the secondary and at wide receiver that he'll be keeping a close eye on.

"Competition builds elite performance," Fleck said on Friday. "And that's what we want to see."

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