August 29, 2007

Keys to the season

All the speculation can end the depth charts are out and everyone knows who will take the field for the Golden Gophers on Saturday against Bowling Green. It is all about what happens on the field now. For each unit taking the field during Tim Brewster's first season should have a different set of goals for this to be considered a successful season. There is not doubt that Adam Weber will be under the microscope, but every player at every position will have to perform to make this season a success.

Quarterback:

Avoid major mistakes

No matter who the quarterback was, the key to success would be the same, don't make any major mistakes. Adam Weber is charged with finding the open man on the passing routes and making the correct decisions on when to tuck the ball and with to pitch it. Everyone would like to see Weber put up numbers similar to what Brett Basanez did at Northwestern under Mike Dunbar, but if he keeps the interception totals down and can make the right reads then this will be a successful season for a young quarterback in a new offensive system.

Running Back:

Continue the tradition

Long before the days of Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney the University of Minnesota was known for great running backs. When people first heard the term "spread offense" when Tim Brewster and Mike Dunbar came to town many thought it was the end of a great tradition. That was never the plan, in fact the staff swears that Dunbar's "Spread-Coast" offense will lead to an even more explosive running game. Amir Pinnix will get the first crack at putting up huge numbers and if history holds true then he should improve upon last years 1,200 yard season.

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