By Kent Youngblood
Another Gophers coach is leaving, but I wouldn’t necessarily put this in the same boat with the departures of Roof and Dunbar.
I didn’t get to know coach McDonald really well in my first season coaching the team, but I think he did a pretty good job of recruiting in the Florida area, especially with the signing day surprise of Michael Carter. It will be interesting to see who the new hire is. That fellow will have to pick up where McDonald left off recruiting-wise. But I think he will also have to do a good job of growing this crop of wide receivers.
Last year the Gophers landed a bevy of highly-recruited wideouts. And while Brandon Green made some impact, I think the Gophers would have hoped that this group of receivers — Green, Brodrick Smith, Xzavian Brandon and Da’Jon McKnight — might have done a little more. They will be sophomores this season, joined by junior college transfer Hayo Carpenter and incoming freshmen Bryant Allen and Victor Keise . I think whoever the new coach is will need to help all these players made dramatic on-field improvement. This is a very deep group, with Decker on top of it.
On another note, it has been reported that Florida running back Trabis Ward is interested in signing with the Gophers should his test score be high enough. That may be. But the folks I’ve talked to seem to indicated the Gophers aren’t necessarily looking to add another running back to the 2009 class. I could be wrong. We should find out later this week.