Earlier this year we received the news that Tramaine Brock was not attending the U during spring semester 2009. Brewster's hype machine stated that Brock would try and re-enroll for the fall 2009 semester, in order to regain his starting spot in the Gophers backfield.
That hope is now gone:
This hasn't been the greatest week for Gopher football. First, Lipscomb is off to JUCO. That loss was not harmful. Now Brock, and also, Josh Campion will be out. Campion, undoubtedly, would have redshirted this year as an O-lineman, so the loss there is negligible.
Losing Brock, however, is critical. Yes, Kim Royston arrives back in town, having transferred from Wisconsin. The recruit Michael Carter is also in the fold. However, the ability to rotate 3 solid corners is now gone. Carter will now assume a backup spot, along with the ever-frightening Ryan Collado. Royston and Simmons (or Theret or Sherels) will be counted on heavily to play at a high level. Where we lose a lot is in the nickel package. Brock's 73 tackles now will be Collado's or Carter's responsibility. Against a team like Cal, who probably will run out of a 3 or 4 wide set on 2nd or 3rd and long, Collado's ability, or inability, to tackle a top-level running back like Jahvid Best will be a situation that Jeff Tedford will undoubtedly look to exploit. If Collado can't handle the job, expect Carter in the lineup by mid-season.