MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Golden Gophers are pleased to announce the hiring of coach Karl Selvig. After coming off a disappointing 3-9 season, change was necessary. Coach “Selvy,” as his players have come to call him, is taking over a team with a good balance of senior leadership and underclassmen looking to prove themselves. The offense is led by senior QB MarQuies Gray, who has breakaway speed defenses will be forced to respect. Flanking Gray will be running backs James Gillum and Donnell Kirkwood, who hope their three headed attack will be enough to keep defenses off balance. But it won’t just be a straightforward option offense for the Gophers, as coach Selvy likes to air it out from time to time. But with two true freshman receivers expected to earn a lot of playing time, it will be a challenge to maintain much of a passing attack. The defense is anchored by a trio of senior linebackers, Keanon Cooper, Mike Rallis, and Ryan Grant. And with 5th year senior DL Wilhite on the defensive line, the front 7 of the Gophers is brimming with experience and will be expected to get enough pressure in the backfield to ease some of the workload for the younger secondary. The season opens with a pair of road games for the rookie head coach, travelling first to Big 12 country to take on the Baylor Bears, who will be playing their first game in the post-RG3 era. The Gophers follow that with a trip to take on Kentucky of the SEC. After a bye, Minnesota finally plays their home opener against Arkansas State in week 4. With road trips to Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska, expectations are tempered in the Twin Cities. But that’s not an excuse for Selvy, as he’s already announced he’s guaranteeing the program’s first bowl win since the 2004 Music City Bowl.