Two-a-days start tomorrow

Posted on August 14th, 2009 – 7:09 PM
By Kent Youngblood

Greetings.

A good while after practice Friday Lee Campbell came out of the Gophers’ locker room. He raised his hand and said, ”I have the record.”
  For what? For weight lost during a full-pads practice in 90 degree heat. Friday was the Gophers’ first full-pads practice, and the heat only made it more intense, leading to Campbell dropping nine pounds during the session. No problem, of course. The players work hard to get to maximum hydration before going out on the field and work hard to pound fluids after coming off of it.
  ”I’ll be back up by tomorrow,” Campbell said.
  It was warm. After practice the lines for the ice tubs were long.

Here are some other Friday tidbits:

–Linebacker Gary Tinsley was held out because of hamstring soreness. It’s not a big deal, coach Tim Brewster said. The team just didn’t want it becoming a nagging issue.

–As was the case during spring ball, Brewster said the Gophers defense has been ahead of the offense during the first week. But the offense, Brewster said, executed well in goal-line sets Friday.

–Tomorrow is the first of two-a-days. The Gophers will practice in the morning in pads, in the afternoon either in shells or just helmets. Tomorrow afternoon’s workout will be at TCF Bank Stadium. ”It will be fun for all of us,” Brewster said. ”It’s a special place, and some of our guys still haven’t been in there. It will be the first opportunity for the team to go in there as a group and get a feel for it.

–Brewster said freshman punter Dan Orseske has displayed impressive leg strength. ”Very powerful leg,” Brewster said. ”He’s in competition with Blake Haudan, but he has the potention to be an outstanding punter. He’s been well-coached. He came in ready to go.”
That’s about it. Have a good weekend.

29 Responses to "Two-a-days start tomorrow"

gopher's army says:

August 14th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Kent,
Good post… what is your take on the db’s ,specifically, Royston. Also, with two seniors starting this year, what does the depth look like behind them since the backups will likely be next years starters.

Gold04 says:

August 15th, 2009 at 5:10 am

This season is Brewster’s greatest chance to show he still has the program headed in the right direction. I know the schedule is tough but all our schedules are tough from here on out.

No Gopher team has the depth or the experience like this Gopher team has. It’s a team that has blended together about 35 percent Mason players and the rest of the players are Brewsters. This is the last year a great percentage of players either played or were recruited by Mason.

That word blended together is an interesting word. IF the Gophers have a great season, let’s remember it took a team effort to get here. The players are not carrying over any hostility about who is coahing them now.

That should go for us on this blog also. IF the Gophers do have that break through season of 10 wins or more, I hope the Masonites and Brewsterites put aside their petty differences.

The Masonites need to be THANKFUL that Brewster was able to take us to the next level, and that is something Mase was never able to do.

The Brewsterites need to be THANKFUL that Mase helped give us a stadium and a solid core of young players.

IF the Gophers have a great season it’s time the Masonites and Brewsterites set aside their differences and give both coaches the credit that is due to them. The players are not divided over coaches and either should we.

I know some of your are thinking Gold04 you could be wrong and the Gophers do not have that break through season this year. When have I ever been wrong in my predictions?

P.S. I know some of you guys will claim your not a Masonite or a Brewsterite but you know full well you are. It’s time not to take sides anymore but be just Gopher fans.

Vikings 88 says:

August 15th, 2009 at 6:42 am

The only football team in MN that matters looked pretty damn good last night!

Gold04 says:

August 15th, 2009 at 8:30 am

You can’t be refering to the Vikings. Last time they mattered Bud Grant was their coach!

no stadium for Zig says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:09 am

Enjoy them while you can. LA in 2012!!!!

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:10 am

I wanted to make sure everybody had a chance to read this well written post from the previous thread by jolietgopher. Almost all of us, including jolietgopher, are tired of talking about the past. If wren, loon, and bud want to continue to live in the past, lets see what kind of fantasy logic they use to respond to the post below.

The rest of us would prefer to talk and discuss the future of this exciting Gopher team. It is a great time to be a gopher fan and let’s enjoy it.
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jolietgopher says:

August 15th, 2009 at 7:56 am

Wren and Loon: If you think that the program was better under Mason, or dont think that this program is in the right direction after ten years of MEDIOCRITY-well, I guess not everyone has the gift of analytical thought. I will be EXTREMELY happy with seven wins, I will be EXTRMELY happy with a bowl game. I will EXTREMELY happy when you two realize that you have completely unrealistic expectations. Am I a Brewster apologist… NO. But I realize that taking a team from what he had and going from 1-11 to 7-6 year over year is a nice coaching job. I realize that getting Minnesota recruits to finally stay in state and develop relationships with high school coaches to become a feeder to the prgram is a great job in a little over 3 years. If you think the people who blog here had any impact on Masons firing well, you deserve to have your unrealistic expectations not met. The fact the Mason was HATED in the state by the high school coaches, the fact he held the U hostage three times for more money, the fact that he could not turn the corner and take an average program and turn it into an above average program is why he was fired. With some of the leads Mason had in the games and then turned so conservative and lost like Northwestern, Michigan, TT.. what does it tell your kids when he wont go for a fourth down with less than a yard to go and you have Eslinger and Barber and Maroney? It tells kids that the coach does not have faith in you, and you lose the respect and faith of kids. Brewster went for it on fourth down a number of times last year, that tells kids that I have faith in you, I believe in you… That is the type of coach you want to play for. You want to play for a coach who lets you throw the ball late in the game, sure Northwestern intercepted, but at least the kids were allowed to go for it and it was settled on the field. You want to play for a coach who believes in you. Mason didnt do it, Brewster does. Brewster recognized the weaknesses of his program and made changes to address them. That is coaching, he didnt stick a defensive back coach into his D cordinator spot because no one wanted to coach with him.
That is why Mason was fired, he lost the kids, he lost the high school coaches who feed the program, he lost the adminstration by holding them hostage, and he lost the fans because he was an arogant SOB who wouldnt answer questions on his radio call in show. I dont think Maturi or anyone gives a d— about what you think or want. If you think they care what we blog here, you are sadly mistaken.

Brewster- calling him a clown, or calling him a shamster… well be prepared to be upset for quite a few more years you two. As for me, I will enjoy the ride.

the Loon says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:12 am

Oh yes, Gold 04, a big group hug and and singing around the campfire will solve our problems.

Perhaps, just perhaps that might have been tried about five years ago when the idea of a mad dash through the icebergs at top speed towards the Rose Bowl was first dreamed up by you deep thinkers. But, now that we are all siting in lifeboats marked “Titanic” (or bobbing away outside the lifeboats) the group sing and campfires idea seems a tad tardy, shallow and impractical.

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:23 am

Loon and wren – Since you like the past so well you might want to watch the 2003 Minnesota vs Michigan game on the Big Ten Network at 10:30 this morning. It is a Golden Oldie. Hurry! You got eight minutes before it starts.

wren says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:33 am

It sure as heck beat a 26 to 6 pasting at the hands of the WORST Michigan team since the 1950′s at the darn dome in 2008. THAT was a disgrace.

I’d rather lose having been in the game than to lose NEVER having been in the game.

wren says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:36 am

To counterbalance jolietgopher’s propaganda that you reposted curious george:

55 to zippo does not tell me that the team was with this brewster clown for the last Big Ten game of the 2008 season. Getting outscored 123 to 27 by a terrible Michigan team, iowa and Kansas tells me that this brewster clown didn’t even bother to show up for those three games. That is a case of an inadequate gm/recruiter getting his head caved in, brains beaten in and not having a clue what the heck to do except stand there and take it. THAT was a disaster. That was a case of the brain dead gm/recruiter leading a hapless, helpless so-called coaching staff in entirely the WRONG direction. THAT really sucked jolietgopher. THAT is what this brewster has turned this program into. Those games represented “give up city” for that coaching staff.

We will count the Big Ten wins in 2009. FIVE are necessary. FIVE Big Ten games must be won by this brewster or it will be just funny as heck watching this macturi make excuses why he isn’t renewing and extending this brewster’s contract. Or, even better yet, it will be funny watching the heat this macturi takes IF he DOES extend a 6-6 or 5-7 brewster. You just can’t make this kind of stuff up brewster apologists.

Big Ten wins COUNT! Big Ten losses hurt like crazy… ; 0 (

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:38 am

For those who are interested in following the practices, Gophersports.com has a couple of interesting videos. The second one is worth taking a look at Click on site below).

http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=204775272

wren says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:40 am

jolietgophr: 7 wins is a disgrace. 7 wins is NOTHING. You should be ashamed to set your sites on 7 wins from this brewsterball. 7 wins will NEVER go to the Rosebowl. 7 wins sucks. That’s what all of you apologists have always said. So, the 7 win rule will stay in effect for this brewsterball crap too.

Only a lot of Big Ten wins can dig this brewster out from the hole he has dug himself.

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:43 am

wren – I really don’t care about discussing the past; not Mason’s or Brewsters. The future is were it is all going to happen. The past is over wren.

wren says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:48 am

The past is what you tried to brin up twenty minutes ago curious george. What kind of fools are you brewster apologists trying to write for curious george?????

Just look a what you JUST said on this site:

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:23 am

Loon and wren – Since you like the past so well you might want to watch the 2003 Minnesota vs Michigan game on the Big Ten Network at 10:30 this morning. It is a Golden Oldie. Hurry! You got eight minutes before it starts.

wren says:
You have to start doing better than that curious george… You are a hoot!

; 0 )

Gregory58 says:

August 15th, 2009 at 10:08 am

Wren and Loon, I don’t know why these guys even acknowledge you, you are both morons and it’s a waste of time. Wren, I don’t read your long posts, I just move on. You two need to move into the same trailer and find something else to do.

CG and the rest of the football fans, why don’t you simply ignore these freaks? This is the only attention they get in their life. I’m not responding to them any longer, suggest you do the same.

Just confirmed the first football party of the year against those Orange fellas, can’t wait. AF will be watched in Vegas, then having a bunch of people over (many Cal fans) for the Bears game, hope the Gophers don’t get crushed, it will be a long week for me if they do………..

the Loon says:

August 15th, 2009 at 10:28 am

Wren, wasn’t it Greg who threatened “to rub it in our faces if the team went undefeated this year”?

Oh do it, Greg, just do it!!

What we have always feared the most, an honest 13-0 season!

Go Gophers, beat Syracuse!

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 11:10 am

wren says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:48 am

The past is what you tried to brin up twenty minutes ago curious george. What kind of fools are you brewster apologists trying to write for curious george?????

Just look a what you JUST said on this site:

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 9:23 am

Loon and wren – Since you like the past so well you might want to watch the 2003 Minnesota vs Michigan game on the Big Ten Network at 10:30 this morning. It is a Golden Oldie. Hurry! You got eight minutes before it starts.

wren says:
You have to start doing better than that curious george… You are a hoot!

; 0 )
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wren – If you knew how to read and comprehend you might have noticed that I said “Since you like the past so well you might want to watch the 2003 Minnesota vs. Michigan game on the Big Ten Network at 10:30 this morning.” I didn’t say I liked the past. I said you liked the past. Are you totally clueless?

Time to take a break from you wren. I notice more and more people have made that wise choice.

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 11:15 am

Gregory58 says:

August 15th, 2009 at 10:08 am

Wren and Loon, I don’t know why these guys even acknowledge you, you are both morons and it’s a waste of time. Wren, I don’t read your long posts, I just move on. You two need to move into the same trailer and find something else to do.

CG and the rest of the football fans, why don’t you simply ignore these freaks? This is the only attention they get in their life. I’m not responding to them any longer, suggest you do the same.

Just confirmed the first football party of the year against those Orange fellas, can’t wait. AF will be watched in Vegas, then having a bunch of people over (many Cal fans) for the Bears game, hope the Gophers don’t get crushed, it will be a long week for me if they do………..
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I have suggested for a long time that the only answer in dealing with loon’s and wren’s nonsense is just to ignore them. Is anybody else interested?

david_allen_coe says:

August 15th, 2009 at 11:31 am

Curious … Everyone here is interested. You are about the only one prolonging the exchange.

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 11:48 am

david_allen_coe says:

August 15th, 2009 at 11:31 am

Curious … Everyone here is interested. You are about the only one prolonging the exchange.
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Sorry about that DAC. I guess I am part of the 10% who never got the word. Looking forward to a better blog and a better world.

wren says:

August 15th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Yes Loon, that gregory dude or dudette out in california was quite the little rage mongor. He did make some sort of threats. He is obviously quite the little california unit.

This Brewster says:

August 15th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Loon, if we are on lifeboats marked titanic now, what were we when Glen was here?

the Loon says:

August 15th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

We were in the games. Our fans believed we had a chance to win any game I went to, and I went to a lot of those games.

Indeed, that is the reason so many fans got so angry with Mason: he very successfully raised expectations. In the end, the fans chickened out in favor of the current big talk with no expectations until some time in the ever retreating future. No disappointments for the true Brew Crew types, Brew is just the victim of Mason.

jolietgopher says:

August 16th, 2009 at 5:08 am

Loon,

Mason was not raising expectations after his sixth and seventh season, he was lowering them.
Taking a program and modeling it after Kansas State (which Mason stated he was doing)is not improving a program. It is admitting that he didnt have the ability to attact big time recruits and develop an elite program by beating quality teams. It was admitting he could beat the mid majors at will and hope he could win 4 big ten games and catch ligting in a bottle sometime near New Years Day.
Brewster is not the victim of Mason, he is the reconstructive surgeon, who has restocked his empty recruiting shelf, turned the atmostphere and attitude toward the program around.
By getting Texas and USC on the schedule.. does that sound like someone who is afraid of putting his kids up against anyone? To me it sounds like he has confidence in his ability to have the program on par to compete with the best in the nation. I dont think anyone would think that Brewster is a victim. Plus, where would the elite players in the country want to go.. to a program that is playing Lousiana Lafayette or USC? North Dakota State or Texas? That is how expectations are rasied, by telling the fans of the program and the KIDS who are in the program that we are good enough to compete against the elite teams. Was Mason doing that? NO… Mason was scheduling Troy or Akron and saying, hey guys we can play the Zips and get a mid tier bowl game OK!!!!! USC and Texas, well you guys just arent good enough to play them and I dont want to show how mediocre of a program I am running here, so put your dreams of playing against the elite away, and get ready to play the Rajun Cajuns!!!!
Get over the Mason years, he was a decent coach, everyone knows it, his record showed it.. but he was not a guy to turn a program around into an elite program. He showed at Kent State that he could coach and left. He left Kansas hanging by taking the Georgia, and then coming back. He was looking out for himself first and foremost… that is undeniable. He took the money from his old program and ran into the arms of the next AD who was hoping to turn a program around. Now you have a guy who is a proven recruiter, and has shown it here at Minnestota. And in terms of coaching ability, I think I will take Mack Browns and Mike Shanahans opinions over yours anyday. Take Mason for what he was, and now realize that the guy in the post now has better recruiting ability, and has shown he can win just as many games in the big ten on a regular basis as Mason.

the Loon says:

August 16th, 2009 at 8:56 am

No, he has not.

See the post above re actual wins and losses before, during and after the arrival of each coach. IF, if Brew wins 5 Big Ten games this year he will EQUAL what Mason did in his third year. That with TCF and after taking over a much better program than the one Mason took over.

Sorry, you guys love to talk up Brewster, but fail to notice his actual turn around of this program from what it was (whatever) to what it is now.

Bayfieldgopher says:

August 16th, 2009 at 9:05 am

Jolitegopher: Nice post.

One thing I appreciate about Coach Brewster is his enthusiasm and high level of confidence. It’s a 180 from the decade of Mason’s approach. Brewster’s approach is both evident in the future schedule and also his game day decisions. He has sent a clear message to the players.

Coach Brewster has an extremely difficult task ahead in his quest to elevate the Gopher program to one of the best in the Big Ten. Other programs have had their moment(s) and then fall back to the flock. I hope he can get the Gophers into the position where we are competing for a BT title the last Saturday in November.

the Loon says:

August 16th, 2009 at 9:18 am

Oh, I do too!!

However, I have not seen one single game from Brewster yet where he has shown that he is that sort of coach (and Bayfield, neither have you).

Perhaps this year in his quest for a Mason matching five Big Ten wins in his third season we will see his ability to elevate his players to their maximum ability shine threw.

Laxgoph says:

August 17th, 2009 at 8:32 am

Did any one get the email regarding parking at TCF for the Aug 22 practice? The message says “Season ticket holders who have purchased season parking permits will be able to park in their selected lots for the Gopher Game Day Preview. To park in your designated parking area you will need to present your Gopher Game Day Preview parking pass and pay a $10 (cash only) fee.” What a load of crap, do you really need to grab that extra 10 bucks from my pocket after the thousands I have spent on season tickets…not to mention that I already paid for a season parking pass? I know its only $10 but the people running the show just don’t get it, all they did was give people a reason to stay home. By the way I also got an email saying that they are cancelling all of the activities (food, drinks, interactive games) on McNamara Plaza that day too. Nice way to drum up support. The U is basically going to get thousands in free advertising (local news, B10 network coverage)and they still need to pick my pocket. Poor judgement in my opinion.

Derek says:

August 17th, 2009 at 11:27 am

Curious George says:

August 15th, 2009 at 11:15 am

Gregory58 says:

August 15th, 2009 at 10:08 am

Wren and Loon, I don’t know why these guys even acknowledge you, you are both morons and it’s a waste of time. Wren, I don’t read your long posts, I just move on. You two need to move into the same trailer and find something else to do.

CG and the rest of the football fans, why don’t you simply ignore these freaks? This is the only attention they get in their life. I’m not responding to them any longer, suggest you do the same.

Just confirmed the first football party of the year against those Orange fellas, can’t wait. AF will be watched in Vegas, then having a bunch of people over (many Cal fans) for the Bears game, hope the Gophers don’t get crushed, it will be a long week for me if they do………..
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I have suggested for a long time that the only answer in dealing with loon’s and wren’s nonsense is just to ignore them. Is anybody else interested?
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