2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers Season Preview

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  1. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

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    2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers Season Preview

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    Golden Gophers Look to Right the Ship After 5 Game Losing Streak to End 2008 Season

    2008 Record: 7-6 (3-5)
    2008 Bowl Game: 42-21 L vs Kansas

    Returning Offensive Statistical Leaders:

    QB Adam Weber
    2,761 Yards passing
    15 TD
    126.9 QB rating
    233 Yards rushing
    4 TD

    RB DeLeon Eskridge
    184 Carries
    678 Yards rushing
    7 TD

    WR Eric Decker
    84 Receptions (21st in nation)
    1,074 Receiving yards
    7 TD

    Key Incoming Freshman

    :5stars: (JUCO transfer) WR Hayo Carpenter
    :4stars: TE Ra'shede Hageman
    :4stars: DE Matt Garin
    :3stars: QB Moses Alipate
    :3stars: CB Michael Carter

    2009 Outlook

    As of now, with an unknown schedule, the Golden Gophers know of two rock solid games on their schedule. They will begin the season in the Carrier Dome versus a tough Syracuse squad led by point guard...I mean quarterback Greg Paulus. Their final game of the season will come against preseason #22 Iowa, at Kinnick Stadium. This game figures to be the final leg of a grueling Big Ten schedule that will thoroughly test the Golden Gophers.

    The offense returns major statistical leaders from a season ago in JR QB Adam Weber, SO RB DeLeon Eskridge, and SR WR Eric Decker. Weber is essential to the offense with two true freshman behind him in the depth chart. Eskridge figures to share carries with fellow SO Duane Bennett. Decker leads an inexperienced WR group, however the addition of JUCO transfer Hayo Carpenter should help provide leadership. The O-line consists of 2 seniors, 2 juniors, and a sophomore.

    The starting defense is led by a group of 8 seniors. Middle linebacker Lee Campbell will be the leader of this experienced defense and will be a mentor to the underclassmen.

    The current class breakout goes as follows:
    22 Seniors
    10 Juniors
    18 Sophomores
    19 Freshmen

    Estimate of the team record: (not Educated in any way, shape or form :D)
    8-5
    A one game improvement over last year is a healthy goal for this Golden Gopher team. The offense is in need of a serious impact player, at any position, and while the defense has 8 starting seniors, they will not be relied upon to shut down the opposing offense.

    2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule:

    Week 1: @ Syracuse (Bondzai)
    Week 2: Air Force
    Week 3: Cal
    Week 4: @ Northwestern
    Week 5: Wisconsin
    Week 6: Purdue
    Week 7: @ Penn State
    Week 8: @ Ohio State
    Week 9: Michigan State
    Week 10: Illinois
    Week 11: Louisiana Tech
    Week 12: @ Iowa (Emmdotfrisk)
    Week 13: Bye
    Week 14: Bye
     
  2. Emmdotfrisk

    Emmdotfrisk Working half days on my days off.

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    That Hayo Carpenter is a quick little guy from Cali. Good write up!
     
  3. Beazus Christ

    Beazus Christ Resident Smut Peddler

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    You say you need a playmaker? On offense? I'll tell you a little secret. This guy IS a playmaker!

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  4. Emmdotfrisk

    Emmdotfrisk Working half days on my days off.

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    Yeah Eric Decker is pretty athletic
     
  5. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

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    Very true. Forgot about him while writing that last part. I was pretty tired when writing it. He will definately be a big part of the offense this year. I'll be looking to get him involved in any way possible.
     

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