The Gophers wrapped up their first week of the 2011 Preseason Camp with a two-a-day session Saturday at the Gibson-Nagurski Complex. The second of the two practices was held in the late afternoon/early evening.
Head coach Jerry Kill's squad practiced for a little more than 1 1/2 hours in gorgeous weather. A little rain in the area even stayed off to the east and created a nice rainbow for more than 200 fans who were in attendance.
Those fans were treated to a good deal of live scrimmage work. There were some oooh's and aaah's from the crowd during the seven-on-seven drills, when quarterbacks MarQueis Gray and Max Shortell each hooked up with wide receivers for long gains.
While the offense had the upper hand in the seven-on-seven's, it was the defense that shined in the scrimmage at the end of practice.
"The defense made some great plays," Gray said. "The offense just had a lack of focus. That's all. Once we get that squared away, then everyone's on the same page and trusting each other and we'll be doing some great things."
Sunday will mark the Gophers' first day off from practice during this year's camp. They won't be completely away from football, however. The team will have meetings, before gathering in the early afternoon for a team photo. This session is closed to the public.
See below for a Flickr photo gallery of Saturday's practice.