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Scouting the Big Ten: Minnesota 

After playing in several minor bowl games the past two seasons, Minnesota hopes to take the next step in 2005. Possessing a lot of offensive firepower as well as defensive playmakers, there is plenty of talent on this roster to make the Gophers successful come September. Many of these same prospects will impact next April's draft.  

Only a junior, Laurence Maroney is already one of the highest rated running backs in the nation.  A patient ball carrier who waits for blocks to develop, Maroney is quick footed, slides off tackles yet works runs in the middle of the field, making defenders miss.  Possessing outstanding field vision and run instincts, he quickly cuts back against the grain then freezes opponents, leaving them...

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