Weber to be held out of contact this spring

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Minnesota starting quarterback Adam Weber will be held out of contact drills during spring practice, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller reports.

Weber, who in 2008 played six days after undergoing knee surgery, had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder (left) after the season. Minnesota will take no chances with its two-year starter, who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches and led Minnesota to the Insight Bowl.

This is clearly the right move, but it puts extra pressure on Weber to familiarize himself with new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. The arrival of Fisch and offensive line coach/run game coordinator Tim Davis means the Gophers' offense in 2009 won't resemble the one in 2008. There will be significant scheme changes, and Weber can't afford to fall behind.

With Weber limited, blue-chip recruit MarQueis Gray should get an extended look in spring drills. Gray, considered the team's quarterback of the future, left the team last season after the ACT board flagged his exam scores.