Day 3 in the books

Posted on August 12th, 2009 – 7:33 PM
By Kent Youngblood

 Here are some post-practice items I couldn’t fit into my daily story. 1. Coach Tim Brewster said receiver Hayo Carpenter is really ”starting to pick it up.” Carpenter, the highly-touted JC transfer, is three practices into his Gophers career.  ”He’s done a nice job,” Brewster said. ”He’s understanding the offense. What you see with him immediately is his speed. He can really run.”   Special teams coordinator John Butler said Carpenter might be looked at as a return man. 2. Brewster is very much looking forward to watching the team hold its first official practice in TCF Bank Stadium. That will happen Saturday morning, when the team goes to two-a-day practices. the team i s scheduled to hold a Game Day Preview in the Stadium Saturday Aug. 22, which will be open to season ticket holders. Not wanting to give any secrets away Brewster said that the Gophers will go with a limited package on that day. 3. I was intrigued when talking with Adam Weber for last Sunday’s story about how coordinator Jedd Fisch has decided to have the quarterbacks call protections rather than the center. Here are his thoughts on that:  ”Some of the best offenses around do that,” he said. ”Like the (New England) Patriots and the (Indianapolis) Colts, the (New Orleans) Saints. They all have the quarterback direct the protections. We’ve coached Adam to the point where he has a great command of the offense an an understanding of the protections. One guy has his head down, the other has his head up. Why not have the guy with the head up make the decision.”  Now, this isn’t exactly rocket science. It has a lot to do with knowing how many defenders are in the box, where the hot reads might be. But both Fisch and Brewster agree that if a quarterback is rote on those things as well as the offense it can only help with execution.  ”The most critical thing for a quarterback in protection is to know where he can be hurt,” Brewster said. ”And only he knows that. So, him knowing the protections so well he can call ‘em, it gives him an advantage.” 4. Butler said there is a spirited competition between incoming freshman Dan Orseske and Blake Haudan for the punting job. That probably won’t be decided until right before the opener.   That’s about it. Have a good night.

50 Responses to "Day 3 in the books"

Texas Gopher says:

August 12th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Holy cow Kent—you are coming out firing. I hope you can maintain this pace for the whole season. You’ve got some diehard readers here and we appreciate your efforts.

Curious George says:

August 12th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I second it.

Curious George says:

August 12th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Tex – Since you didn’t get to see the finished inner brick wall when you were here I am attaching a link that will give you a 360 degrees tour. I am sure that you will agree that it looks great.

Also if you ever feel like responding to one of loon’s post just go and hit your head against our new brick wall. I am sure you will feel better and you that you will then make the right decision.

http://www.twincities.com/ci_13044801?nclick_check=1

Curious George says:

August 12th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I am sorry about that last sentence. It should read “I am sure you will feel better and that you will then make the right decision”. I was a little dizzy from hitting my head against the new brick wall.

grunkiejr says:

August 12th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Good stuff Kent. Thanks for the update.

david_allen_coe says:

August 12th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

It is good to hear the freshman punter is good enough already to compete for the job.

Prime Time 28 says:

August 12th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

It appears that the much reported higher talent level of recruits and first year players have provided instant depth for the team as they are even though early on the learning curve in light of only 3 practice days, they are competing right out the box. IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!! GO GOPHERS!

Texas Gopher says:

August 13th, 2009 at 5:08 am

CG–thanks for the link to the stadium pictures. My favorite picture of the stadium so far has been the one taken at night. Not sure where I saw it though. Down here they utilize college stadiums for big rivalry and playoff high school football games. Heard any talk of that up there?? I think it is a good idea.

Recruiting says:

August 13th, 2009 at 6:21 am

OK, Loon,

You are a canadian, who is telling the truth here:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/12/canadas-health-informs-health-care-debate/

Bisker82 says:

August 13th, 2009 at 7:14 am

Nice updates. Also a nice article on Bennett, can’t wait to see him back in action. I think with the re-tooled O-line and new offensive schemes, the RBs will contribute much more this year (including Eskeridge & Whaley). I can’t wait for the game against Syracuse! Good luck Gophs!!!

Gregory58 says:

August 13th, 2009 at 7:16 am

Imagine if Hayo turns out to be the real deal, now D can’t just focus on Decker, improved O line, running game, experienced QB, can’t wait to see how this works out.

Come on defense………………….

the Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 7:58 am

Recruiting, re health care. It has the advantage of everyone is covered. It is the fastest growing expenditure for government every year for forty years. Those who pay net taxes (50%) pay everything for those who do not. The same number of doctors is spread over the whole population increasing wait times for everyone. How could it be otherwise?

Recruiting says:

August 13th, 2009 at 8:16 am

Guess that is what the phrase,”Level the playing field” means!

Laxgoph says:

August 13th, 2009 at 8:23 am

One thing that I haven’t heard much mention of is how the new offense will help the D. Last season with the spready even a good drive seemed to take about 40 seconds off the clock because we didn’t really make an effort to run the ball much. With a pro set that puts a bit more emphasis on the running game our D won’t be on the field for 3/4 of the game. That should help keep the D a little more fresh down the stretch too.

Bisker82 says:

August 13th, 2009 at 8:30 am

Laxgoph, very good point. Ball control & sustained drives go a long way to keeping the defense fresh, especially going in to the 4th quarter.

wren says:

August 13th, 2009 at 8:44 am

Why has this brewster been so foolish for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, laxgopher????? WHY couldn’t he grasp your concept about how pathetic HIS choice of offenses for the first two seasons was?????

The thing is though, now he has the excuse of needing to wait until his “smash-mouth…pro-set…” recruits are all brought in…when the heck will the excuses from this brewster clown stop?????

Big Ten wins will tell the tale here laxgoph. Even this husker70 character from gopherhole says that this brewster must go 9-3 during the regular season in 2009 to be considered to be successful with his program. Anyway, that is what I have heard this husker70 character has been pounding the table for over on gh. This husker70 character obviously realizes that this brewster clown would need to win FIVE or SIX Big Ten games in 2009 to achieve 9 wins. The Cal game is critical in determining if this husker70 believes that this brwster will need FIVE or SIX Big Ten wins. A win over Cal would allow for a FIVE Big Ten win season…and a Cal loss would dictate that this brewster must win SIX Big Ten games in 2009 to get that 9-3 regular season mark.

I agree with this husker…a 9-3 season would show that this brewster CAN compete as a Big Ten coach. Anything less would indicate that this brewstr is a pretender with a big mouth and no ability to put together an adequate system/program.

Year number 3 of this brewster ball…NO more excuses…only Big Ten WINS will tell us where this brfewster stands… ; 0 (

Bayfieldgopher says:

August 13th, 2009 at 8:46 am

Lax
It should certainly help if we can increase TOP. Fresh or worn down, we need to contain the other team and you do that with good players and plenty of them. We will find out this Fall if we in fact have a greater ability to field good D. We did not have a good D under Roof.

When we really pounded the rock, our D was usually well rested. Still there were problems consistently stopping the other team. I want to see a D that holds BT opponents to uder 20 ppg. A good D has the ability to keep the game close and not let it get out of hand.

NY says:

August 13th, 2009 at 8:53 am

Seriously Wren: Anything less than a 9-3 record would indicate he’s a pretender? Here’s a suggestion: Think then type.

wren says:

August 13th, 2009 at 8:59 am

ny: That is what this husker70 character over on gh supposedly said. Personally, I am merely expecting at least FIVE Big Ten wins out of this brewster before I could consider him capable of EVER competing in the Big Ten Conference as a gm/recruiter.

Don’t blame me for what this husker70 character supposedly is claiming/demanding/spouting off about.

I don’t know what is going on with that husker70 over on gh and what his motivation is. I don’t participate in anything over there on that gh place.

; 0 )

the Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 9:39 am

I’m just hoping our guys do not wear those Gopher All Whites anymore. Heck, if I end up going out to the Syracuse game I would like to see the “Maroon and Gold” show up to play. If I had wanted to be a Texas fan I would have been a Texas fan, not a “Texas wannabee fan”.

wren says:

August 13th, 2009 at 10:00 am

Bring back MAROON & GOLD! You are right Loon! The University of Minnesota IS supposed to wear MAROON & GOLD uniforms!

This maturi had better make darn well sure that his gm/recruiters for the Football Program KNOW what the school colors are. This maturi has a much more challenging job than one would have thought. Not only did he hire a totally unexperienced gm/recruiter, but, he also has to even teach this brewster what the official colors of the football program are! Good luck maturi. There are still a few weeks before the season starts. Maybe they can dig out enough game uniforms from 10 or 20 years ago to wear for the first few games in 2009.

Texas? Is THAT who they are trying to look like? I was thinking they were going for that “John Revolta” look from SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.

Just have your gm/recruiter play FOOTBALL, maturi…tell him to quit trying to play “four star uniform designer…”

G1 says:

August 13th, 2009 at 10:18 am

Great post Kent, keep it coming!

jolietgopher says:

August 13th, 2009 at 10:58 am

When looking at the schedule for the 2009 season, I would find myself EXTREMELY happy with an 7 win season and a return to a bowl game. Yes, it may seem like a return to the Mason era, but think about it.. the program by all “professional” accounts is in an upswing in terms of recruiting, facilities,fan support because of TCF, upgrading of strength of schedule and exposure. But it would also be a 7 win and bowl season with 2 new cordinators. And this is a key to the success of the program. If you look at the past “dynasty” programs one of the key factors (other than recruiting obviously) is the continuity factor of coaches at programs (the one program I would say that has overcome this is Florida- with 3 coaches in 7 years). But did VanDeSteeg, or any of the current defensive players have the same coach for 2 years in a row..I dont believe so. There has been no continuity and no chance for these kids to develop and grow in the same system. If Brewster can keep his cordinators for more than a few years this program has a chance to develop into a 8 or 9 game winner every year. The fan support is there, the facilities are now top notch, the recruiting is improving.. one of the key elements that is missing is the continuity of systems and coaching.

Rescooter says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:29 am

jolietgopher says:

August 13th, 2009 at 10:58 am

When looking at the schedule for the 2009 season, I would find myself EXTREMELY happy with an 7 win season and a return to a bowl game….
——————–
I don’t think in recent years we’ve seen as tough of a schedule as what we have. We play 4 top 25 teams, 3 on the road. Strength of schedule is tops in the Big Ten.

This is an excellent year to knock a few off the rankings and really get noticed.

P.S. I find it hilarious that wren and loon are now the fashion police. Those over on GopherHole are convinced they’re psycho. The more they post, the more I believe the psycho label to be true.

the Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:30 am

Holy cow joliet, who is responsible for all these changes?

And, are we not still playing in the Big Ten? Has that gotten harder over the past three seasons? If three or four or Big Ten wins was not good enough without TCF, why would you be EXTREMELY happy with four now that TCF has been in the ground over the past two years?

Allow me to answer for you. You have lowered your expectations in order to be EXTREMELY happy.

Brewster is the man in charge and responsible for the team and program. If you see the son of Dan Marino as an expert “professional” recruiting expert you must be missing his piazza commercials on TV. Yikes.

OK Brew Crew, does anyone want to lower the bar to even six wins?

Curious George says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:30 am

jolietgopher – I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Wins are important, but as you point out the program “is in an upswing in terms of recruiting, facilities, fan support because of TCF, upgrading of strength of schedule and exposure”. The key is at the end of the 2009 season can we say that we are continuing to move in the right direction, i.e. are we continuing to improve on our recruiting, coaching, academics, fan support, player morale, the overall play of our team, etc.?

Wins and losses are only a part of evaluating the success of a team. If we focus on the right things, wins will come. It takes time to turn a program around. Therfore we should be less concerned about trying to figure out how many victories we are going to have in 2009 and just enjoy a college program that is going in a new direction. Then at the end of the season we can evaluate where we are.

GO GOPHERS!

Curious George says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:32 am

In case anybody is wondering, loon is bating us. Don’t swallow the hook!

GvilleGopher says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:34 am

Wren – Just stop posting. You say the same thing pretty much every time. But I do have to give you credit in your last post though, you found something else to complain about…….the uniforms!?!? I am sure you will find fault with TCF Stadium’s lack of temperature control compared to the Metrodome when the season starts.

the Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:40 am

Our Big Ten schedule is the same as it is every year. Eight games including Iowa and Wisconsin. We are lucky this year in that we only play two of the Big Three.

By that standard we can measure what this coach has done visa vie his peers with ease. We always can.

Or do you think Brew should get a pass on losing to NU for the third year in a row? Do you think we should not expect to open our Big Ten campaign at TCF with a win against the Badgers?

In reality, this coach will live or die based on how he does in the Big Ten compared to how our other coaches have done in our far less favorable past years at the Dome.

the Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:43 am

Yes, CG, let’s just ignore those pesty little wins and losses and stick to what is really important.

The spin.

G1 says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:44 am

Loon,

What is Mike “piazza” doing football commercials for?

Curious George says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:45 am

Rescooter – The more wren and loon post the more I realize that they are quite funny! How can anybody take them seriously? Add bud to the mix and you have Moe, Larry, and Curley. Have you noticed that they seem to be getting funnier as we approach the beginning of the season?

the Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:50 am

Show me the “increased fan support” over the past two years. Whip out the numbers that show anything more than the “new stadium bump” at TCF.

Attendance at the Dome in terms of either numbers or quality was as bad as I have seen in many, many years. In particular, the arrive late and leave early factor was the worse I have EVER seen in my 42 years as an adult fan.

I do not see the advantage of just making up things out of wishful thinking. In the end, people are not stupid. They could see the place as half empty by the end of the third quarter and well into the first quarter.

anti hole says:

August 13th, 2009 at 11:54 am

Loon was not concerned about wins and losses as much when Mase was around.

Then it was “wins are good, losses are bad”

Wonder if Loon was concerned about bowl game embarrasments.,,

Rescooter says:

August 13th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

It is rather ironic that so called “fans” would cheer against their team in order to prove they’re right.

I don’t know if you ever get over to GopherHole, but here’s what’s being said:

-Now Rambler (wren) and Loon, that’s entirely different. Those guys are just plain from outer space.

-(speaking of wren & loon) …are certifiably insane

-A total waste of space on this planet

-Kicked off the board for being trolls

-Losers

Regarding Gopher football: watching the youtube films of practice showed some interesting twists:

1) Weber is #1 for now. Very nice form…I liked seeing the 5-step drop-back. He looked comfortable.
2) Bennett is the better blocker among the runners
3) Expect to see an opportunistic defense again (the strip and fumble drills)

More later.

Recruiting says:

August 13th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Speaking of “wasted space;” ‘watching the youtube films of practice?’ How old are you again? 15?

Curious George says:

August 13th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Sid in his column this morning said the following:

“Hasan Lipscomb, the Texas running back who had committed to the Gophers but couldn’t get into school, is attending Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, hoping to get his grades in shape so he can enroll at Minnesota in January.”

The question I have is, is this possible? Are there any NCAA rules that would prohibit this such as he needs to go to a junior college for one or two years before he can transfer? Also, is the University of Minnesota likely to look at just one semester in making a decision that he now qualifies?

Curious George says:

August 13th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Dam! I forgot to mention that Recruiting is the prop man for our three friends. I didn’t think he would post here anymore given his proclivity for swearing.

Laxgoph says:

August 13th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Wren…why did it take two years to change his mind??? Let me put a theory out there. We all know the motivations of high talant highschool kids. They want some one to make a star out of them and they will go where they think they have the best chance to make big plays. 2 years ago, and still today, the spread was what every one was talking about. Every major school was moving towards or had implemented the spread. The spread was considered the dynamic offense that would produce explosive plays for fast talented players and everything else was for leadfooted cavemen (see wisconsin). All of these kids were fed the BS that if they were talented that they should only be considering schools that run the spread so they would have a chance to show off their speed and agility so they could make it to the pros. Brewster knew that he needed speed so he made a huge deal about moving to the spread…low and behold we started getting interest from these “fast dynamic” players that probably wouldn’t have come here if they thought they would be watching a running back pound the rock all day. Fast forward two seasons, you have been successful in stocking your cabinet with fast skilled players and still have a line that is best suited for the pro set, as the coach you knew all along that the spread isn’t the best scheme for the Big 10 and were planning on moving back to a Big 10 offense once you acquired sufficient speed in the skill positions. You switch to the proset in season 3 and now you have weapons all over the field, a line originally built for the running game and wide recievers built for the spread (read fast). If all goes as planned you are able to create plays all over the field…making the running game look real good in a year that you need to recruit O-linemen and producing enough explosive plays for the recievers that you are able to keep high talent reciever types interested in comming to the school despite the fact that you don’t run the spread any more. If it works, you have succesfully put your school on the board for top quality running backs, O linemen, and wide recievers…something you would not have been able to accomplish had you kept a pro set from the begining. I could be wrong, but if you think about it it makes alot of sense. If some one came into my office with a plan like that I would have been pretty impressed and probably would have hired them to be my football coach.

Curious George says:

August 13th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Laxgoph – One of the more interesting posts I have seen on this blog. After reading I think you need to change your moniker to Hollywoodgoph. This would be a great script for a sports film. I like it!

P.S. – I am looking forward to wren’s answer.

Wren says:

August 13th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Sorry, can’t answer, off to have dinner with Rick Pitino, he says he has a specioal table for me. After dinner he wants to talk about ‘this Brewster’ and big ten wins.

Am as excited as a little school girl.

Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Can I watch?

jolietgopher says:

August 13th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Kent,
Has coach Brewster talked about the difference going 7-6 compared to 1-11 or TCF stadium has on recruits? Are rectuits more interested in the 7-6 or the 0-5 down the stretch. And does the new stadium have any effect at all?

jolietgopher says:

August 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Loon- if you read and understood my previous post you would have understood that I would be happy with 7 wins given the kids are under, yet again, a new system. If the same cordinators were here, I would EXPECT at least 7 wins, but with new systems and coaches, I dont belive you can expect 7 wins. Plus, picking up AirForce, California and losing Montana State and Fl.Atlantic makes the non-conference schedule much tougher. And losing Indiana and picking up Penn State makes the big ten schedule a little tougher (losing Michigan and picking up M. State probably a wash)Plus we now play at Iowa, at Ohio State, at Northwestern all home games we lost last year. This is a tougher schedule than last year. Given all that, 7 wins would make me happy.

short ornery norwegian says:

August 13th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

The Brewster critics all like to claim that the team should be better now that they are playing in the new stadium.

Well, I hate to disagree, but if there is any “TCF” effect on the program, it will not manifest itself immediately.

No matter where you play, you still have to execute on offense, defense and special teams. Yes, a loud, supportive crowd may have some subliminal impact on the team psyche, but I have never seen a fan catch a pass or make a tackle.

The impact of the new stadium, assuming there is one, will come on recruiting. And, unless I’m mistaken, the Gophs have not played a game yet in the new stadium. Starting this year, future recruits will actually be able to see the team play a real game in front of a real crowd at TCF. That, I hope, will be a plus for recruiting.

But, IMHO, anyone who says that the team should immediately be better and win more games, simply because they’re playing in a different facility, is setting up a “straw man” argument. They want to be able to point fingers at the end of the year and say, “Brewster had the benefit of the new stadium and he didn’t win enough games. Fire him immediately.”

The benefit of the new stadium on the program is yet to be determined. Certainly, I expect the fan experience at TCF to be an improvement over the Dome (beer notwithstanding) – although I will be interested to see how the parking and traffic issues work themselves out.

Oh, and call me crazy, but I liked the all-white uniforms. I would like to see them mix it up by going white tops w/maroon or gold pants.

This Brewster says:

August 13th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

SON – I agree with you on the stadium effect.

Loon is playing games, simple as that. He knows the stadium will only help recruiting, now that kids will actually be able to be there and see the facilities and the environment.

A solid season and a bowl win would greatly help.

the Loon says:

August 13th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I thought the recruits have been shown TCF being built for them for over two years now. Brewster must have misinformed us (?).

Additionally, there will still be 10,000 plus Badger fans at the game this year (not to mention their band tag all over the field and stadium). A loss in that game will gut the program and the fans. No spin will avoid a disastrous opening Big Ten game at TCF unless we win.

Spare me the crud about a lot of losses will be OK. A bad win/loss season this year will leave us stuck with a bad coach who will have no leverage in recruiting as he will have no real length of contract left. Less than two years left on his contract with a much harder schedule staring him in the face for next year. And an even harder schedule in his last year.

That approach was a disaster with Mason and will have the same castrating effect on Coach Brewster. We need wins this year or we are screwed to the wall with no place to turn.

wren says:

August 13th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Oh, so let’s see now. This laxgoph has a theory that everything that this brewster has done has been part of some master plan….just for the heck of it, we will refer to this as the exlax-factor. And, son now claims that rather than having helped the last two recruiting campaigns, the new stadium/promise of the new stadium has not only done nothing to help but most likely will be a non-factor for at least a number of years.

People, if son is correct, forgive us for what we have done by constructing this 300 million dollar state of the art on campus stadium. Poor, poor, pitiful brewster has had to bear the burdon of this new stadium and the promise of this new stadium. If only he could have maintained that age-old recruiting tradition of telling recruits that he can’t get in the dome today beacuse there is a monstor truck event there that evening…or a tractor pull…

This poor brewster should curse the day they ever sarted building that new stadium! Right s.o.n.?????????

Now, back to this exlax nonsense that this laxgoph is puking out…NO, this brewster did NOT plan all of his disasters and lay it all out in some sort of dream-sequence to that maturi who bought it hook, line and sinker…

; 0 (

The fatal flaw is the lack of Big Ten wins and wins in general during the first two seasons of selling a line of crap to potenial and loi signed recruits, fans and the general public. IF the exlax-theory described by laxgoph has even a hint of truth, this brewster is the hardest hearted, coldest lyer and con-man in the his tory of college football. And, any recruits who bought this brewster’s line of b.s. should take him and the University of Minnesota to court and sue the living crap out of this brewster, maturi, prexy b and the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents as well as the University of Minnesota, itself.

Out of 25 games played, this brewster, the con-man has won 8 and lost 17. NO one forgives a lying, dirty-dealing con-man when he loses THAT many football games.

IF your theory is correct, laxgoph, every recruit that this brewster has bamboozled, hood-winked, lied to, conned and sold a lemon to should petition the NCAA for a release from any loi to this brewsterball house of cards, lies and dishonesty. They should take this maturi’s keys to the new stadium away from him and ditch him from the athletic department right NOW.

This prexy b should be quaking in his boots and be begging them to let him slink off to his assisted living community apartment even though he was a bad prexy who hired a totally dishonest gm/recruiter in this brewster.

But the only thing you need to know about your exlax-extravaganza, laxgoph is the fact that unless this brewster wins at LEAST five Big Ten games in 2009, he will have dug himself an even deeper hole. There is NOTHING that will discuise, put lipstick on or in any way shape or form make brewsterball acceptable to the general public UNLESS he wins a LOT of Big Ten Football Games starting in the 2009 season.

If he doesn’t do that, the joke is on him… ; 0 )

jolietgopher says:

August 14th, 2009 at 7:07 am

Wren,
Finally you put something down that is interesting and disgestible and your passion for the program is evident. The stadium WILL NOT produce W’s, it also WILL NOT produce B10 championships… IT WILL show recruits that the institution is serious about fielding a winning team. It will bring alumni back to the school instead of back to downtown Minneapolis. When I go WISC, IOWA, MI, PUR, any other B10 team the entire area around the SCHOOL is decked out in the school colors, creating a pride in the school, the U has been missing that for 20 years. What does that translate into? Well for one it translates into more interest and hype for the program, which WILL NOT translate into W’s. But again, it shows recruits who visit here on game day that they have a chance to be part of something special.
As for Brewster… how can you argue with the guys recruiting? His first year with only 3.5 months on the job and he has the #17 recruiting class in the nation? He has NOT kept the top Minne recruit, but he is keeping much more instate talent than the last 3 coaches did. Plus his history of recruiting shows he can produce the players needed to win, Gray for example showed a lot more in the spring game than I have EVER seen in a freshman quarterback at the U…. You can argue that all that matters is W’s, and you are right after 10 years of 7 or 8 wins Mason did not produce enough to keep his job, but replenishing a depleted defense and losing 3 starters due allegations as well as starting a true freshman at QB in his first year, and then improving by 6 wins in his second year… he has this program improving in all areas except one.. keeping coaches for more than one year.. Winning 5 B10 games would be great but Brews job DOES NOT depend on it … YET.