Former Golden Gopher running back worth watching

Laurence Maroney is off to a fast start in the NFL. His former Minnesota teammate, running back Gary Russell, might join him next season. Mel Kiper Jr. explains.

Updated: October 9, 2006, 2:33 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
With the success rookie running back Laurence Maroney is enjoying with the New England Patriots, let's not forget that his former teammate with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, running back Gary Russell, is far from being off the radar as far as the draft evaluation process is concerned.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst