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Mitch Leidner | Quarterback

Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/17/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237

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Incoming Minnesota offensive coordinator Jay Johnson's father coached redshirt junior QB Mitch Leidner in high school at Lakeville South.
The junior Johnson, a native of Lakeville, Minn., spent five seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette before the Gophers called upon him to resurrect an impotent offense. A segment of the fan base believes moving on from Leidner is the solution to that problem, but Johnson's family history with Leidner may afford more leash to the senior-to-be. It may also be the case that Jay and Dick (the father) Johnson can work together to unlock Leidner's potential as a big-bodied, mobile signal-caller. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune asked Jay Johnson how he planned to convert Leidner into a more finished product. "It’s hard to know because I don’t know entirely how they’ve approached things, but I think more than anything it’s 'reduce, simplify and let him play,'" he said. "If we can do that and really put him in that same position in every play from a fundamentals standpoint, we’ll see his abilities blossom even more." Jan 17 - 12:13 PM

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