By Joe Perovich |

Instead of lining up next to offensive tackles for his Gophers career, freshman Gaelin Elmore will soon be utilizing his athleticism and size to jet by opposing offensive tackles.

Elmore will undergo a position change, a decision that moves him from tight end to defensive end. Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said to the media gathered at the Bierman Field Athletic Building that an increase in Elmore's physical stature was a significant factor in the move.

"[Elmore] won't redshirt either ... he's picking things up. I think he's learning pretty quick and that gives us a lot of size," Kill said to the media Friday, as seen on the Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller's Tout page.

Elmore is 6-feet-6-inches, and indicated in a tweet today that he's increased his weight to 270 lbs. The three-star recruit out of Somerset, Wis., had not yet reached 250 lbs. when he committed to Minnesota in June 2013.

The Gophers are well-equipped at the tight end position for the long-term to carry out the decision. The coaching staff appears confident in the futures of freshmen tight ends Brandon Lingen and Jerry Gibson, while TE Maxx Williams has three years of eligibility left and already exists as one of quarterback Mitch Leidner's finest weapons.

Elmore was recruited by Oregon, Iowa State and three schools in the Big Ten to play defensive end. He was an all-state defensive end in as a senior in 2013, recording 72 tackles, 28 tackles for loss (nobody in the state of Wisconsin had more) and 11 sacks.