Spring ball is nearly half over….

Posted on April 7th, 2009 – 2:47 PM
By Kent Youngblood

Tuesday marked practice 7 for the Gophers. Not counting the spring game, that gives them seven more workouts.

So what have we learned so far? Not surprisingly that the defense is ahead of the offense. That was the one message that came out of Saturday’s scrimmage.

This isn’t surprising, for a number of reasons:

-The offensive line is a big-time work in progress, with new starters at at least three positions since the bowl game.

-New coordinator Jedd Fisch is putting in a new offense.

-And don’t forget, much of the skill the Gophers will be relying on this fall isn’t around. Wide receiver Eric Decker is playing baseball and Hayo Carpenter — the highly-rated junior college wideout — won’t be here until fall. Last year’s No. 3 receiver, Ben Kuznia, is watching with a pulled hamstring. Now, there are a lot of sophomore receivers using this time to vie for playing time. But I would expect Decker and Carpenter to enter fall practice as the starting wideouts. And don’t forget running back. Duane Bennett, coming back from knee surgery, is taking part in some drills. But he isn’t scrimmaging and won’t play in the spring game. And while Ra’Shede Hageman was watching practice Tuesday, he won’t be in uniform till fall.

 All that said, it appears clear the offensive line has to improve dramatically between today and the Gophers’ first game next fall.

OK, on to Tuesday.

–Noticed during the early-practice drills: A formation that had Adam Weber at a wide receiver and MarQueis Gray at quarterback.

–Running backs Shady Salamon and DeLeon Eskridge, both a little dinged up, did not don pads Tuesday.

–Ryan Wynn was taking snaps with the first team at center. He and Trey Davis appear to have quite a competition going.

That’s about it, for now.

63 Responses to "Spring ball is nearly half over…."

Bayfieldgopher says:

April 7th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Kent,
We all know the OL is a work in progress.

Did Stommes hold his own during the scrimmage? How about Alford? Who started at center? Davis?
Was Wills as bad as Bud reported? And Carufel not much better? How did the 2 deep look?

I know you were not present but it would be nice to get some inside info from those who were there.

How about Cooper and Reeves? Who started at DE’s? And the other D spots?

What were Gray’s numbers?

Thanks.

Bud says:

April 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Bayfield, I did not post those comments. My name was hijack by someone who wanted to make his own statement under my post name. I did not hear any specifics about individual players at the scrimage saturday only generalities.

Translation says:

April 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

The following post from JohnnyGopher at the GopherHole has a link to ESPN’s updated profile of Konrad Z. They have done an extensive evaluation of him with free video

“He’s our only commit so far to be evaluated and given a ranking, he is a 76.”

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recru…6season%3d2010

Willy says:

April 7th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

How long will it take to get back to the type of running game we used to have in the Mason years? Seems like this is the third year of re-tooling the offense.

Translation says:

April 7th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I don’t know why the link I posted above so I am trying it again. Hope it works.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recru…6season%3d2010

Bayfieldgopher says:

April 7th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Willy,

Our roster does not include anyone that resembles a MB3, Maroney, Tapeh, Hamner, nor effective blockers such as Esslinger, Setterstrom, Ben Hamilton, Utecht, Spaeth, Nicholson, etc., a mobile QB like AAK and mature WR’s who were good at downfield blocking. Mason had some very good offensive players to work with.

Brewster’s offense recruits have yet to make a signficant impact but its only been two years and it remains to be seen how good they really are. In the meantime, the emphasis is back on the running game after two years of Dunbars version of the spread and a weak OL.

Maybe by 2010 we will have something to brag about.

NYC Gopher Fan says:

April 7th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Kent: Like DAC noted, where’s Pittman?

Bryan says:

April 8th, 2009 at 12:03 am

Yeah, is Pittman even still on the team?

Gophers1 says:

April 8th, 2009 at 2:10 am

Kent, do you really have to put your every blog post on two, or three seperate pages? Your the only one that i’ve seen do this, and frankly it is not needed! Just bothers the crap out of me!

Recruiting says:

April 8th, 2009 at 6:02 am

Yes!! Where is Pittman!!!! Remember him?! The crown jewel, 4* stud of the 2008 who was going to set the Big 10 on fire the way Hayooooooooooooooooooooo is going to this fall!!!!!!!!! Pittman was going to run, throw, catch, decoy, return kicks & punts and lead us to the Rose Bowl from a top secret Wild Cat Formation!!!!!!!!!!!! DACey was sooooooooo excited when he completed that trick, gimmick, razzel dazzel pass play in the bowl game…Heisman in 2009 for sure he said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Texas Gopher says:

April 8th, 2009 at 6:33 am

Kent—I really have a hard time understanding how you could have Carpenter projected as a starting WR going into fall practice. There are so many question marks about the guy it is scary. I am hoping one of the returning WR’s would start to separate himself from the crowd.

Texas Gopher says:

April 8th, 2009 at 6:40 am

Bayfield—unfortunately, there is a big difference between WR’s recruited to play in a spread offense and what we are now implementing. Too bad we couldn’t set the clock back 2 years and start day one with this OC pair and not experienced the Dunbar era. Enough said, water under the bridge.

Recruiting says:

April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 am

Texas Gopher says:

April 8th, 2009 at 6:33 am

Kent—I really have a hard time understanding how you could have Carpenter projected as a starting WR going into fall practice. There are so many question marks about the guy it is scary.
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Do you mean like will ever graduate from The Community College of the Dunderheads and be ‘allowed’ into the U of M? Or….will he have to pull a couple of stints at Eastern Mississippi Junior Community College For The Dense like Mr. Books Brock?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Bisker82 says:

April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 am

Tex, whether a WR was recruited to play in the spread or a pro-style offense shouldn’t matter. A WR succeeds by using speed & running good routes to provide seperation from the defenders. Proper route running is essential in establishing confidence with the QB to know they will be able to make the play (that and holding on to the ball). I think this is where Carpenter has the experience and is probably why he is projected as a starter.

Texas Gopher says:

April 8th, 2009 at 7:46 am

B82–the spread utilizes WR’s who operate in space. This offense requires bigger WR’s who can block and get that separation with size and strength(think Wheelwright). Decker is a perfect example of someone who can play in both systems but it seems to me a lot of the soph WR’s are the smaller, speed-type of WR’s. I guess I should look at the roster—help me out. Do we have any Wheelwrights size-wise??

Bisker82 says:

April 8th, 2009 at 8:48 am

Tex, it appears that quite a few of the receivers have some good size. Here are what is listed on this years roster;

Decker- 6’2″ 215
McKnight- 6’3″ 200
Green- 6’0″ 179
Smith- 6’3″ 207
Brandon- 6’3″ 181
Pittman- 5’11″ 189
Stoudemire- 5’10″ 183
Keise- 6’2″ 175

Stoudemire is listed as a CB but I believe he may get some playing time on offense. Keise will probably end up red-shirting.

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Recruiting says: Yes!! Where is Pittman!!!! Remember him?! The crown jewel, 4* stud of the 2008 who was going to set the Big 10 on fire the way

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He was injured with a hamstring during the regular season. I seem to remember him completing a 75 yard pass the first time he touched the ball as a healthy football player.

the Loon says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Sadly,former Gopher WR Damien White was shot and killed in LA.

http://www.twincities.com/gophers/ci_12093708

Recruiting says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:13 am

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Recruiting says: Yes!! Where is Pittman!!!! Remember him?! The crown jewel, 4* stud of the 2008 who was going to set the Big 10 on fire the way

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He was injured with a hamstring during the regular season. I seem to remember him completing a 75 yard pass the first time he touched the ball as a healthy football player.
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Umm, Sorbet, he has had that hamstring issue since HS–psssst, its why no one else wanted him. Yes sir, a 75 yard TD on a gadget play!!!!!!! That has him at where on the DC this spring?!!!!!! Rah! Rah! Rah!!

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Recruiting says: Yes!! Where is Pittman!!!! Remember him?! The crown jewel, 4* stud of the 2008 who was going to set the Big 10 on fire the way

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He was injured with a hamstring during the regular season. I seem to remember him completing a 75 yard pass the first time he touched the ball as a healthy football player.
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Umm, Sorbet, he has had that hamstring issue since HS–psssst, its why no one else wanted him. Yes sir, a 75 yard TD on a gadget play!!!!!!! That has him at where on the DC this spring?!!!!!! Rah! Rah! Rah!!
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Which is why he had offers from UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State…gotcha.

Texas Gopher says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:50 am

B82–thanks for the research. I mainly had Green and Pittman in my mind. Hard to see downfield blocking on TV, but I hope Green will improve in this area.

david_allen_coe says:

April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 am

Tex … Smith, Brandon, and McKnight are all big wide receivers and all will be better blockers than Ernie ever was.

You are putting way too much emphasis on people recruited for one system or another. Ohio State and Michigan always have some of the greatest wideouts in college football because of their speed, routes, size, and hands. They are recruited because of their athletic ability not because they fit one offensive system or another.

All you have to do is look at Decker to know what a wide receiver is. He was recruited during Mason’s system and carried the offense under Dunbar’s system.

Derek says:

April 8th, 2009 at 11:47 am

Missed in Bud’s lies about the scrimmage were:

Carufel looked NASTY. He already looks to be the leader of the Oline. Wills looks slow. Wynn is one big center. The oline overall was mediocre. Jacobs and McKinley look like a potential pass rush duo. Small and Brown hold the point of attack well. I think we’ll have a pretty good Dline. Gray had a sick run and also had a nice TD pass to Brod Smith. He needs some work and will need to work on his judgement, but there’s zero question he is physically talented enough to become a star at the U. The linebackers are fast and smooth. I question some of the tackling. Ellestad made his one FG, I’m still worried about kicking and punting. I’ve heard there’s a chance McKnight goes back to the defensive back field. Whaley has a real nice burst but man is he small. I can’t see him playing every down.

wrenagainuntiltheprnakstersfromgopherholestealmymoniker: CONTRAST by the Renegade! says:

April 8th, 2009 at 11:49 am

You fool d_a_c-off: you have made one excuse after another for this ineffective and inexperienced brewster character BECAUSE he hadn’t had a chance to recruit his players for his spread offense. Some score doublings and that 55 to ZILCH loss to iowa in this brewster’s 2nd year just showed what an inadequate, ineffective and inexperienced gm/recruiter this brewster actually is.

Now you say that richrod at Michigan MUST HAVE totally screwed up all that great talent at Michigan when put the spread to Michigan’s great talent last year.

This brewster just flat out can NOT get his act together. That is a part of ANY and EVERY problem that exists.

So, back-off d_a_c-off with all of your b.s. In football, the head guy takes ALL the heat ALL of the time. When he gets caved in and left huddled in a corner after a 55=-0 Big Ten loss you know that you have GOT to start ALL OVER again. 3 years into this brewsterball mess the outlook for the 2009 season is not so much to write home about. This berwster character needs a LOT of Big Ten wins in 2009 d_a_c-off, no matter how you try to spin it. Maybe you dudes and dudettes should try to kill off kelly leeks in another fake car crash out east.

Translation says:

April 8th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

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david_allen_coe says:

April 8th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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Police in nine counties are warning citizens to be alert to a wrenbabbling idiot armed with dumnamite.

Recruiting says:

April 8th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Recruiting says: Yes!! Where is Pittman!!!! Remember him?! The crown jewel, 4* stud of the 2008 who was going to set the Big 10 on fire the way

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He was injured with a hamstring during the regular season. I seem to remember him completing a 75 yard pass the first time he touched the ball as a healthy football player.
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Umm, Sorbet, he has had that hamstring issue since HS–psssst, its why no one else wanted him. Yes sir, a 75 yard TD on a gadget play!!!!!!! That has him at where on the DC this spring?!!!!!! Rah! Rah! Rah!!
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Which is why he had offers from UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State…gotcha.
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Yet he picked Canyon of the Retarded CC over all of them?? Interesting!

Translation says:

April 8th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Below is the web site for a nice ESPN article on Sam Maresh. He is certainly a contrast to some of the hateful, negative people who blog on this site. Wren, he might be a better role model for you than your hero Ted Kaczynski. Just a thought wren.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4050570

LivefromWinona'sTrailerPark says:

April 8th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Thanks Translation. That guy is an inspiration!

I hope this is the feel good story of 2009.

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

sorb says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Recruiting says: Yes!! Where is Pittman!!!! Remember him?! The crown jewel, 4* stud of the 2008 who was going to set the Big 10 on fire the way

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He was injured with a hamstring during the regular season. I seem to remember him completing a 75 yard pass the first time he touched the ball as a healthy football player.
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Umm, Sorbet, he has had that hamstring issue since HS–psssst, its why no one else wanted him. Yes sir, a 75 yard TD on a gadget play!!!!!!! That has him at where on the DC this spring?!!!!!! Rah! Rah! Rah!!
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Which is why he had offers from UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State…gotcha.
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Yet he picked Canyon of the Retarded CC over all of them?? Interesting!
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Those were the offers AFTER he went to his JC. Thanks for playing.

littlebigboy says:

April 8th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Thanks Derek, nice post. Birdy this is what this board should be about, not your continual tripe!

wrenagainuntiltheprnakstersfromgopherholestealmymoniker: CONTRAST by the Renegade! says:

April 8th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

littlebigwhiner: all this brewster has to do is win a lot of Big Ten football games this fall. THAT is what I want. That is what I expect. Now, on the other hand, IF he does not win a lot of Big Ten games this fall, there will be a LOT of people calling for his head. The opinion guys in the strib…the radio guys…the opinion guys at pp…a lot of common casual fans all across the state and the people who pay money for season tickets and for the donations they have to make to buy their season tickets. It is show time now littlebigbutt. You apologists for this brewster think you can create diversions and chaos and people won’t notice the Big Ten losses?????????????

His Big Ten record is 3-13. Even IF he wins 5 Big Ten games in 2009, his Big Ten record will only be 8-16. OUCH!!!!!!!!!! That is BAD. Maybe he’d better run the table and win all 8 Big Ten games that he plays this year. Even that would only put him at 11-13. It would appear that not even a miracle will help his Big Ten record al lot. So, IF he goes 2-6 in Big Ten play and ends up with a 5-19 Big Ten record at the end of 3 seasons, may God have mercy on his coaching gig…..

wrenagainuntiltheprnakstersfromgopherholestealmymoniker: CONTRAST by the Renegade! says:

April 8th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

So now the dudes and dudettes (which ever the case may be)…you know, this d_a_c-off…this this transgenderlation…this bisker/basker/bisher/basher, et al are bringing back sorb????? Just wait…sorney, flaflaq, flafan, and some of the other old gopher hole monikers will surface as these pathetic brewster apologists attempt to stall the inevitable demise of this brewster character. Ditch this maturi now. He must never again make a hire for the football program.

Translation says:

April 8th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

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short onery norwegian says:

April 8th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

regarding Pittman – let’s face it, recruiting is not an exact science. You’re looking at 17 and 18-yr-old kids, and trying to project how they will develop over the next 4 or 5 years.
Some kids get better – some don’t. Coaching certainly plays a role in the process, but for whatever reason, some kids who look like can’t-miss players in HS just don’t develop at the next level. On the flip side, kids who didn’t look all that great in HS often develop into very servicable players in college. I think the real trick in evaluating young players is to gauge their level of maturity – do they respond to a challenge – are they self-motivated? Not easy to determine.

On another note – anybody here definitely planning to attend the Spring Game? I had this crazy idea about showing up with name tags and having a “blog section,” but on second thought, I’m not sure if I want to know what some of you look like in person…..(not that I’m much of a physical specimen.)

Translation says:

April 8th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Short Ornery Norwegian – That was a very nice summary of the reality of recruiting. What I really liked is that you didn’t blame anybody or gloat by saying I told you so. As far as going to the game, I never have gone to a spring game, but I think I will do it this year. Being married to a Norwegian citizen, I have seen all types of Norwegians, even short and ornery ones, so that would not be a problem. The problem would be that wren may try to blow us up with dumbnamite. I have tried to let him know that his blogging isn’t very helpful. He doesn’t seem to understand that I am trying to help him, but it’s clear he doesn’t appreciate it. Therefore, you can tell who I am because I will be wearing a flack jacket.

Ifbrewstercan'twinbigtengameshehasnopurpose: Contrast by the RENEGADE says:

April 8th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

transgenderlation, you crackpot. You are one sad, sick sucker, aren’t you? Here is the deal. I’ll write about how this brewster has done in terms of actual Big Ten wins and losses.

You can head off into what ever kind of insanity it is that you head off into. You don’t even try to defend this brewster…and that is good, because there is NO defense for turning out a 3-13 Big Ten record. This brewster is wrecking his only chance as being the head of this program and brewsterball has been brutal to watch and put up with.

Only Big Ten wins will help this poor, overmatched brewster character.

So, you go ahead and do your thing transgenerlation, you sad, sick sucker.

Only Big Ten wins will be acceptable. IF this brewster messes up as badly as he has in his first two seasons, he might just as well turn in his resignation now. He has the entire program in such a state of flux. He is starting all over in year 3. He screwed up badly in years one (1-11 and 0-8 Big Ten) and then that five game losing string to close out the 2008 season just really pretty much sumned up what this brewster stands for. He’s Over-matched…over-hyped…under-experienced…and now headed into year three that brewster is UNDER…the gun. He must win a lot of Big Ten football games…or he will soon be gone.

transgenderlation: thanks for all that you do that pretty much draws attention to how pathetic you brewster apologists really are.

The message must be brought home to this brewster character: win a LOT of Big Ten football games…or…go away.

; 0 )

Badger Red says:

April 9th, 2009 at 6:21 am

Hey!

Its cool to see your coach on Twiter! The stadium looks neat too:

http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2009/4/5/823174/tim-brewster-tweets

Translation says:

April 9th, 2009 at 6:33 am

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Texas Gopher says:

April 9th, 2009 at 7:00 am

Off the cuff, my 3 keys to a successful season:
1) Weber stay healthy with moderate improvement in ability to read defenses and look off receivers
2) Bennett 100% and picking up where he left off as a freshmen
3) A field goal kicker who is money from inside 40 yards.

I know there are other concerns, O-line,etc. but I think those 3 are absolutely crucial. As you can see, I am not counting on a miracle freshman to save us (Gray,Lipscomb,etc).

Translation says:

April 9th, 2009 at 7:13 am

Another key to a successful season is a positive impact from the new stadium. I haven’t seen much discusion on this topic other than it will great to get football back on campus amd to play football outdoors. What the impact will be is still to be answered. What do the rest of you think other than the usual suspect of “Gopher haters”?

Texas Gopher says:

April 9th, 2009 at 7:43 am

Trans–when it comes to winning games, I think the impact of a new stadium will be minimal. I am extremely glad the dome is history though.

Ifbrewstercan'twinbigtengameshehasnopurpose: Contrast by the RENEGADE says:

April 9th, 2009 at 7:44 am

well, since I’ve been a Gopher Fan for over half a centruy I will jump in here transgenderlation. I believe the new stadium is great for the University of Minnesota. It actually makes the U a Big Ten Campus again. I think it will give the students a chance to get their lazy, drunken butts out of bed and get to the stadium on time for the games so that they can finally show their spirit. Will they do that? I don’t know.

I think that it will be wonderful for the players to finally play in a Big Ten Stadium at home. Now…keep those stinking red clothed drunken bums or gold and black clothed drunken bums out of the stadium. Make it a home field advantage…not a home field neutral site advantage to the visitor field.

I think it will keep the pressure on administrations for the longer-term to have to take responsibility for the football program to insure that more players graduate on an ever increasing scale, that the program is run in a completely clean and honest way and that the HUGE expectation will be that the person in charge of the program MUST win ever increasing numbers of Big Ten Games, and if the current person doesn’t accomplish that, the NEW replacement COACH will have experience AND the ability to keep the program highly competetive in Big Ten play. That means NO MORE inexperienced, “no name” coaches and no gm/recruiters who can’t coach ever again.

It will also mean that every Big Ten team that the Gophers play will be coming into the TCF BANK STADIUM with the idea that they need to beat the Gophers there in the first trip their team makes to the stadium to buy a piece of history making for themselves. Make no mistake, other Big Ten teams will be coming into this stadium in 2009 and 2010 wanting to destroy the Gophers so that they can forever brag that they won their first trip into the Big Ten’s newest stadium. THAT is Big Ten history stuff and this brewster had better have his players ready to go for the kickoff for every game at home in 2009 and in 2010 IF is still in place in 2010.

For the Gopher Fans: this is a BEAUTIFUL stadium. Win or lose the new stadium experience will be incredible. Buy your tickets and hang on to them. Make the people on the waiting list wait a LONG time before they can get in on Game Day Saturdays to see this beautiful new stadium.

The University of Minnesota Campus is now officially a Big Ten Campus once again. That is a GREAT thing!

: 0 ) WIN one heck of a lot of Big Ten Games in 2009, Gophers! THAT is the reason the U of M is a Big Ten Football University. Football has made the Big Ten a recognizable name brand over the decades. Never forget that.

Translation says:

April 9th, 2009 at 7:49 am

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Bisker82 says:

April 9th, 2009 at 8:00 am

Tex, I wouldn’t discount the effect of the new stadium. The dome was stale and uninspiring, especially for a college football game. A packed and raucous TCF will have a significant significant effect positively for the home team while also providing a negative “hostile” environment for opposing teams.

As far as your keys to success above. I can agree with points 1 & 3. As for point 2, I agree that having Bennett back completely healthy will greatly improve our offense, but without a vastly improved o-line (which I believe we will have) it is not as crucial. I think we have some good depth at RB so I would list the o-line play as more of a key than just the health of Bennett.

Texas Gopher says:

April 9th, 2009 at 8:07 am

B82–I think the psychological boost of a new stadium will be short-lived. In the end, the better team wins. I guess I am planning on an improved O-line. I saw huge improvement after Davis had only been here a short time to prep for the bowl game. Remember those first couple of drives??

wrenagainuntiltheprnakstersfromgopherholestealmymoniker: CONTRAST by the Renegade! says:

April 9th, 2009 at 9:35 am

Why did the offensive line boost last for only the first few drives? IF the offensive line improves it is late in the third quarter and especially in the fourth quarter that the effectivness of the offensive line takes charge of the game.

I hope that this Davis knows what he is doing. Browning and Shaw certainly could have made a big difference for this brewster, but, he wanted to pay big money to that dunbar character. Making bad choices to start out in a new job has cost a LOT of coaching wannabe’s too much to ever recover from. That may be the case with this brewster. He needs to win a lot of Big Ten games in 2009 and you people know it. And, even if you don’t know it, you should be wanting this brewster to win a LOT of Big Ten games in 2009.

wrenagainuntiltheprnakstersfromgopherholestealmymoniker: CONTRAST by the Renegade! says:

April 9th, 2009 at 9:38 am

Warning: this transgenderlation dude or dudette, which ever the moment may dictate will soon be spouting a lot of nonsense. Forgive him/her, which ever the moment may dictate for his/her confusion. He/she is only trying to confuse the issue here.

This brewster MUST win a lot of Big Ten games in 2009. Ditch this maturi before he hires again for the football program.

the Loon says:

April 9th, 2009 at 11:56 am

My guess is that by the time we get to the Badger game the “new stadium effect” will be a small factor, especially after Joel has the Badger Band take the field.

You can pay a lot of money to get a very dense AD. Either he is very loyal to his Badgers or he really thinks the fans here are saps.

wrenagainuntiltheprnakstersfromgopherholestealmymoniker: CONTRAST by the Renegade! says:

April 9th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I agree, it would be an outrage to ever have that Badger Band set foot in TCF BANK STADIUM. Ditch this maturi before he bleeds wisky red on our new field. I don’t want to see that kind of nonsense.

Recruiting says:

April 9th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Texas Gopher says:

April 9th, 2009 at 8:07 am

B82–I think the psychological boost of a new stadium will be short-lived. In the end, the better team wins. I guess I am planning on an improved O-line. I saw huge improvement after Davis had only been here a short time to prep for the bowl game. Remember those first couple of drives??
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Then Kansas made adjustments, punky could not…..GAME OVER!!!!!!! What a homer dope you are hornless texan!

Texas Gopher says:

April 9th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Bet you are a real tough guy recruiting. I bet you would just put the fear of god in me if I saw you. What a punk.

KrazyKgunshow says:

April 9th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

It’s a shame that fans of whisky and hog puke have nothing to keep them busy in their 3rd world cities.

KrazyKgunshow says:

April 9th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

This site should be for the fans.

short onery norwegian says:

April 9th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

OK, Wren – I’m going to humor you for a minute. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Brewster is fired after this season. Who would you like to see as a replacement? Which coaching candidates would meet your strict standards to be worthy of coaching the Gophers? I’m serious – give me a name, or a list of names……..and if you say Brad Childress, we’ll know you stopped taking your medication……

Bayfieldgopher says:

April 9th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

The CFB coaching society would black ball Minnesota if they dump Brewster after just three years. Unless he screws up big time which ain’t gonna happen.

Who is the coach at St. Cloud State or Winona State? Maybe one of them would apply.

wrenagainuntiltheprnakstersfromgopherholestealmymoniker: CONTRAST by the Renegade! says:

April 9th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

shortuglynorskytorsky: FIRST this maturi must be dumped. Then a new ad can come in and evaluate this brewster’s situation. The thing is, this brewster can’t go beyond his third year without a contract extension if he is going to recruit. And, if they sign him to an extension, they won’t be able to afford to buy him out, since they have bought out SO many head coaches and even coordinators in the past few years. This prexy b and maturi ONLY have the option remaining of retirement for themselves. It is their ONLY way out, unless this brewster WINS about five Big Ten games in 2009.

You have GOT to be able to se that a two or three Big Ten win season will put this brewster in an extremely vulnerable situation and will put the University of Minnesota Football Program in a very tough spot. With a low Big Ten win total, the media will be going for blood with this brewster and maturi.

And, Bayfield: the CFB coaching society is entirely too filled with large egos to care that much about anyone but number one. You have seen what some of these places have done…coaches are born to lose…but…don’t worry. They get bought out. The only way a coach can really lsoe is if the college gives him every year he has on his contract, lets that contract run down to zero and then cuts that coach loose. That coach will then get no buy out and will be out on the street with no golden parachute. If he has had zero success, the way this brewster has had so far, that gm/recruiter/coach is rally out of luck.

So, unless this brewster wins a heck of a lot of Big Ten football games in 2009, even if he gets a fourth season, that season will be so intensely pressure filled and ugly that it is darn near impossible to escape the inevitable.

And, don’t kid yourself, there is always SOME one just dying to get a shot at the Big Ten, in a new stadium. There are a few “Tubby Smith” like circumstances where a pretty good, experienced and EXPENSIVE coach should be looking for a new respectable conference home to land at before the boosters at his current school try to force him out.

The coaching ranks are filled with incredibly large ego coaches who won’t “black ball Minnesota if they dump Bruster after just three years…” Each and every coach is out there for him/herself.

Every coaching vacancy starts a new round of coaching salary inflation. Job vacancies really do help the laws of supply and demand.

The first thing I would do is bring in a new AD. This maturi is out of his league when it comes to football. He happened upon Tubby at a time when Kentucky was making signs like they really didn’t want Tubby around. They are very unrealistic at Kentucky. They have fired Tubby’s replacement already. I didn’t see any coache’s club black-balling Kentucky…did you??? Even Tubby commented that it was the “free market place” at work re: the situation at Kentucky.

Tubby got over two million a year to come to Minnesota. Hire ‘em…fire ‘em…as long as the pay is good enough there will be NO problems… ; 0 )

the Loon says:

April 9th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Perhaps you guys might have wanted to consider those questions before you undercut the previous coach. There were some really smart guys who were warning you numb skulls five years ago that if you got rid of a coach who won games here even without the new stadium, you might very well end up with a coach who would NOT win games here even with the new stadium.

As for what CFB coaching fraternity thinks, they thought we were nuts to run Mason out of here as if we were hot doggy doo. Heck, if a guy can win at the U at places like Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, who the hell were we to think anyone else could do better?

But no, the brain trust of Joel Maturi and many of the Goal Line Club types knew best. Let’s bring in a guy who is all hype and no experience whatsoever and he will do a better job.

3-13 means just what it says. We are now the 10th place program in the Big Ten just as we were under Wacker.

NOW it is time for you deep thinkers to deliver on all your big talk and big promises. If your “anyone can better than Mason” coach does not start to deliver we will be back in the market for another new coach with whatever credibility we had built up over the Mason years a distant memory.

That is why I do not call for a new coach. We need a new AD first. Maturi worked for the last five years to get rid of Mason and replace him with a Flim Flam man with no experience at the college level. Now we are at the bottom of the Big Ten again and the man who moved us there must go first.

This is why we must win BT games this year. Our credibility as anything better than an Indiana program is fully on the line this year. With 28 seniors this year, we will back into big time rebuilding next year.

Mark my words, again, a lose to Wisconsin at home at TCF is NOT going to float. It is a must win game for Coach Brewster’s credibility.

Remember, your bright idea, not mine.

Ifbrewstercan'twinbigtengameshehasnopurpose: Contrast by the RENEGADE says:

April 9th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Bayfield,

This brewster scewed up big time…he picked that withers and that dunbar as his high priced coordinators for his first season. He went 1-11 overall and 0-8 in Big Ten play. He will NEVER recover from that. He went with anohter new defensive coordinator in 2008…played the easiest schedule in Minnesota modern history and failed to capitalize on some early wins over easy competition by losing the last 5 games of the 2008 campaign.

At the end of that disaster, he had to replace a defensive coordinator and had to finally fire that dunbar and buy him out. It took him two years and a 3-13 Big Ten record to finaly be taken to the woodshed by maturi and told he had to sacrifice that dunbar and his ill-fated spread coachs east/west offense that was not getting it done in Big Ten play.

Now, he is totally stating over from square one as he approaches his third season. His qb, Mr. Weber who has played virtually every down of every game is attempting to come back from a bunch of injuries suffered as a result of the beatings this dunbar offense subjected him to.

This brewster doesn’t know if he is coming or going. He is calling coaches he stumbled across to ask them if it is unusual to have the defense ahead of the offense in spring ball. He really doesn’t have a clue.

One can only hope that Mr, Weber makes a complste comeback from his injuries.

Either he will win a lot of Big Ten games in 2009 and save his job or this is the beginning of the end. Ditch this maturi. Put an AD in place who is a football guy and who knows how to hire an expeienced, very capable head college football coach when that time come

Bisker82 says:

April 10th, 2009 at 6:20 am

short onery norwegian,

Why? Why after the early warning system implemented by Translation would you “humor” the virus? As you can plainly see, that only leads to moronic, babbling, infectious dribble, regardless if you actually propose a legit question.

KrazyKgunshow says:

April 10th, 2009 at 9:26 am

Why argue with the shut- ins. This is what they are about. Being the dark negative cloud. Just let them bable because this is how they get off.

short onery norwegian says:

April 10th, 2009 at 11:34 am

for the record – I will note that Wren and Loon did NOT offer any specific names of coaches they would like or support. c’mon guys – one name – that’s all I ask for – one name of one coach who you would hire as the gopher coach if you were making the decision.