2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2009 MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHER PRESEASON GUIDE (TCF Bank Stadium AKA "The Bank") A Quick Glance Conference: Big Ten Head Coach: Tim Brewster 2008 Record: 7-6 (Tied for 6th Place in Big Ten) PLAYERS TO WATCH WR #7 Eric Decker (Senior) 2008 First Team All-Conference As a junior, established himself as one of the best receivers in college football, hauling in 84 receptions for 1,074 yards and 7 touchdowns. This year, Decker figures to once again be the life force of the Gopher offense. A dark horse for the Heisman trophy, Decker knows he will have to have a Heisman-like season for the Gophers to contend for the Rose Bowl. QB #8 Adam Weber (Junior) 2008 Honorable Mention All-Conference Although Eric Decker is the most talented player on the Gopher offense, no one is more important to this team's fortunes as Adam Weber. Simply put, when Weber is on, the Gophers are a contender. If he is less than stellar to start the season, look for Coach Brewster to turn to the talented freshman MarQueis Gray. HB #22 Duane Bennett (Sophomore) In 2008, started the Gophers' first two games before tearing ACL. This year, Minnesota needs Bennett to shake off the rust and put together a quality season. If Bennett struggles, look for freshman Kevin Whaley to assume the role as the Gophers' feature back. MLB #30 Lee Campbell (Senior) The senior has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, but now is the time for Campbell to put it all together. If he is unsuccessful, look for conference opponents to gouge the Gopher run defense up the middle. CB #15 Traye Simmons (Senior) 2008 Second Team All-Conference Dubbed "Big Play Traye" by his teammates, Simmons certainly lived up to his reputation last year, gathering All-Conference honors by intercepting 4 passes. Can he do it again this year? Minnesota certainly hopes so.