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Scouting the Big 10: Minnesota

Scouting the Big 10: Minnesota

A terrific start to the Gophers 2003 season took a step back after a devastating loss to Michigan last year. Still, Minnesota ended the season respectably with a bowl invitation. They should find themselves in a similar situation this year and will benefit from a greater amount of NFL talent on a roster.

Marion Barber III is a powerful, interior running back who has the tools to be an every down ball carrier at the next level.  Also a smart and instinctive runner, Barber sees the field, finds the hole and is able to pick up yardage off initial contact, breaking several tackles during a single carry.  Also excelling in pass protection, Barber puts his strength to use when asked to block. Only a...

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