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Daily Nuggz 7.31.2009

  • Marcus Fuller of the Pioneer Press discusses the Gophers' options at wide receiver, and quotes Eric Decker regarding the new offensive scheme under Jedd Fisch:
    "Coach (Jedd) Fisch does a good job of utilizing the athletes he has," All-Big Ten senior wideout Eric Decker said. "We're a pretty unselfish team. We'll only worry about who wins the ball game. The more depth we have the better team we're going to be. If that means fewer reps to bring other guys in and keep your legs fresh, then that's what is going to need to be done. We're not worried about who gets thrown the most balls."
  • Wisconsin recruits for 2010 are ranked at, and the recruiting tide may be turning.  Three of the top ten players in Wisconsin are currently committed to become Gophers.  As for the top recruit?  He's heading to Iowa.
  • Sports Speakers is one of the leading athlete booking agencies in the business.  They book a lot of former players, including former Gophers, for corporate appearances, speaking engagements, autograph signings and endorsement deals.  Check them out.  They've offered me an exclusive with Erin Andres, you'll all be invited along for that interview!
  • Adam Rittenberg of ESPN's Big Ten Blog recaps the Big Ten Media Days at this link.  He references Minnesota supporters' history of low expectations and Tim Brewster's challenge to reverse that attitude:

    Tim Brewster's eternal optimism annoys some people up in Minneapolis, but his outlook is, for the most part, what the Minnesota program needs. You've got to love his aggressive approach to scheduling and his openness to change in the Big Ten. Brewster must make his mark on the field this fall, which won't be easy, but Minnesota needs a guy who dreams bigger than seven wins and a minor bowl game every year.

  • Blog The Final Score analyzes the Gophers' 2009 season outlook:

    Adam Weber is among the best returning quarterbacks in the league and can still seek out battery mate Eric Decker with hopes of burning opposing defenses. The trouble is, second leading pass catcher Jack Simmons has moved on. But he's the only starter that doesn't return and given the first few classes Coach Brewster has brought in, surely someone will step up. Ideally, the Gophers will get more production on the ground, with Deleon Eskridge and Shady Salamon more than capable of racking up big numbers. If it all clicks, watch out - this could be one of the more prolific attacks in the country.

  •  Over at The Bleacher Report, Lawrence Westbrook is predicted to be the keystone player of the Gopher basketball team for 2009-2010:

    Tubby is not only going to help out Lawrence with everything, but he'll help the whole team as well. He's improving our team in coaching and recruiting, and is going to help Westbrook emerge to become the top team in the big ten, if not college basketball.

  •  A poll at a Penn State blog predicts that the Gophers will have between 5 and 8 wins this season.