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Discussion in 'Zeros to Heroes' started by maij17, Dec 9, 2010.

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  1. maij17

    maij17 PSN: MAIJ17

    Oct 8, 2009
  2. maij17

    maij17 PSN: MAIJ17

    Oct 8, 2009
    Coach Maij announced the hiring of Sean Devine as Offensive Coordinator today. Devine served as Offensive Line coach at Boston College the last 5 seasons. Prior to that Devine served as Offensive Coordinator and Oline Coach at New Hampshire for 13 seasons.

    A 1994 graduate of Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, Devine was a four-year starter at outside linebacker. He was captain of the football team in 1993 and was named All-NESCAC and All-ECAC during his senior campaign.

    Sean and his wife, Nicole, have a 11-year-old daughter, Amelie.
  3. maij17

    maij17 PSN: MAIJ17

    Oct 8, 2009
    2014 Season Outlook
    Newly hired Coach Maij looks to improve a Gopher team that was just not taking the necessary steps forward to compete annually in the Big Ten.​

    @ Nevada​
    Penn State​
    @ Wisconsin​
    @ Ohio State​
    @ Michigan State​

    Preseason Rankings

    AP: N/A
    Coaches: N/A

    Big Ten Preseason Rank: 6th

    Key Returning Players
    HB Donnell Kirkwood, WR Marquise Hill, C Zac Epping, CB Joe Harvey, LE Nick Johnson

    Offensive Overview

    Expect to see a new offense when the Gophers hit the field in 2014, Coach Maij who routinely gives his hired offensive coordinators total control of the offense has bestowed that role on Sean Devine. The Gophers look to run, and run some more. A smashmouth one running back system will be seen in Minnesota, what will not change is the two running back system that Gopher fans have grown accustomed to. Running backs Donnell Kirkwood and Devon Wright will shoulder the Gopher offenses heavy rushing load, while redshirt sophmore QB Geoffrey Rivera takes over the reigns. The Gophers will turn to senior WR Marquise Hill and junior Julius Gibson to provide Rivera the weapons for an attack that will look to provide balance to the Gopher running attack.

    Defensive Overview

    Coach Maij installed his 4-2-5 scheme and will be looking for an abundance of turnovers this season. A more aggressive brand of defense Coach Maij brings the heat, early and often. Coach Maij will ask a lot from his secondary as he tends to leave his corners on an island, senior CB's Joe Harvey and Brock Vereen will be tested all season, the Gophers front seven will look to rely on the play of DE Nick Johnson and MLB Willie Tatum to establish themselves in the defense which will be much needed for its success. Trey Joseph will get the nod at Gopher, the hybrid position in the defense that must be able to be the main outside bracket in the run game but also play man to man against slot WR's and TE's.

    Special Teams Overview

    Kicking duties will be handled by returning senior Mike Fitch, who by years end should be a Groza Award finalist, while punting duties will be up to walk-on freshman Casey Nelson.

    Two - Deep
    QB - 1. Rivera (RS-So.) 2. Pride (RS-Sr.)​
    HB - 1a. Kirkwood (RS-Sr.) 1b. Wright (RS-Sr.) 1c. Mitchell (RS-So.)​
    WR - 1. Hill (RS-Sr.) 2. Gibson (Jr.) 3. Dunbar (RS-Jr.)​
    TE - 1. Lane (Jr.) 2. Robinson (Fr.)​
    LT - 1. Gjere (RS-Sr.) 2. Jordan (RS-Jr.)​
    LG - 1. Eggen (RS-Sr.) 2. Rucker (RS-Jr.)​
    C - 1. Eppen (RS-Sr.) 2. Mills (RS-So.)​
    RG - 1. Young (Jr.) 2. Ragoo (RS-Sr.)​
    RT - 1. Silva (Jr.) 2. George (So.)​
    LE - 1. Johnson (Sr.) 2. Bryant (RS-Fr.)​
    DT - 1. Taueafa (RS-Sr.) 2. Harvey (RS-Jr.)​
    RE - 1. Perry (RS-Sr.) 2. Gaston (RS-Fr.)​
    OLB - 1. D. Mitchell (RS-Sr.) 2. Carter (RS-Jr.)​
    MLB - 1. Tatum (RS-Sr.) 2. Whitaker (RS-Jr.)​
    SS - 1. Wilson (RS-So.) 2. Joseph (Fr.)​
    Gopher - 1. T. Joseph (RS-So.) 2. Bennett (RS-Jr.)​
    FS - 1. Powers (Jr.) 2. Cabral (RS-Fr.)​
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