Gopher Football, coming off its first post-season appearance since 2009, is poised for a strong 2013 season. The Gophers, who doubled their win total from 2011 to 2012 with six victories, will return 10 offensive starters from the team that scored 31 points in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Add that all up and Gopher fans have plenty to be excited about in the 2013 campaign. KEY Returning Players: The 2011 Minnesota High School Player of the Year Phillip Nelson returns for his sophomore campaign. Reports of Nelson slimming down and improved mobility showed in the team's spring game. Coach ssuwr86 stated "Phillip Nelson is our QB going forward and we like his ability to extend plays and spread the football around in the offense". Look for Nelson to improve on last year's numbers and get the Gophers back into the postseason in 2013. RB Donnell Kirkwood returns for his Sr. Campagn after rushing for 900 yards and 12 td in 2012. The 5'11 223 pound senior from Florida is a load and will be the bell cow in the Gophers offense this season. Coach ssuwr86 stated "Kirkwood is a very underrated running back. I suspect that he'll surprise alot of people this season". The Minnesota Gophers Defense returns 7 starters, and coach SSUWR86 aims to install the 4-3 Tampa 2 Defense. Coach feels that the Tampa 2 Defense will allow his defenders to get a better pass rush, and use athleticism of the team's Linebackers to our advantage. Physically the Gophers don't particularly have a top notch standout Defensive player, but the front 7 has played well as a unit. Look for Minnesota's Defense to take a major step forward this season. Key Incoming Recruits: OLB - Devondre Campbell 6'5 230 RB- Berkeley Edwards 5'9 195 CB- Jalen Myrick 5'11 185 OLB- Rayfield Dixon 6'3 195 Ath- Donovaughn Jones 6'2 190 The trend for the Gophers under coach ssuwr86 is to get smaller and faster on Defense. The Gophers have placed great emphasis on getting taking smaller, faster, underrated players. The shift in recruiting has changed and the Gophers hope to continue recruiting with success in southern states. with GA, FLA being the Gophers main focus, the Gophers hope to establish a real presence in the south. The new stadium, and facilities are selling points the Gophers can use going forward. Look for the Gophers to go really heavy on Athletes in future classes, while still placing an emphasis on keeping the best players from Minnesota In State.