Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Season Preview History
2014 Minnesota Football Preview:
The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team had an exceptional year in 2013. The Gophers won 8 games, including wins over Nebraska and Penn State. Jerry Kill enters his 4th season in Minneapolis with incredibly high expectation. The Golden Gophers return dangerous quarterback Mitch Leidner and senior running back David Cobb. They will operate behind a veteran offensive line and should have one of the best offensive attacks in the Big 10. For the Golden Gophers to build on their 2013 success, Minnesota will have to play well in a couple of key games. In the non-conference schedule Minnesota travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU on September 13th, and welcomes the San Jose State Spartans to Minneapolis a week later. Big games for the Gophers in the Big 10 are November 8th against Iowa, November 15th against Ohio State, and November 22nd at Nebraska.
2013 Minnesota Football Preview:
As Jerry Kill enters his third season as the head coach of the Golden Gophers, and with a more experienced team, Minnesota is ready to take the leap into becoming more of a factor in the Big Ten. Sophomore Philip Nelson returns as the starting quarterback and Donnell Kirkwood is back after leading the Golden Gophers in rushing yards. Kill will need someone to step up at receiver, but the potential is there for the unit to become a factor in the offense. Nebraska, Penn State, and Wisconsin will travel to TCF Bank Stadium in 2013 for a Big Ten showdown. Kill is hoping to have year three success like he did at Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. Both programs improved to 10-wins during Kill’s third season.
2011 Minnesota Football Preview:
Few teams in the Big 10 had a more difficult season than Minnesota last year. After a season-opening win, the Golden Gophers dropped nine straight, including a loss to lowly South Dakota. However, with new coach Jerry Kill at the helm, fans are certainly hoping for a quick turn around and a return to prominence in Minneapolis.
It won't be easy, though, as the offense will greatly miss the contributions of longtime quarterback Adam Weber. Replacing the veteran will be newcomer MarQueis Grey, who has a lot to prove. Grey got some time at receiver last year and is an exceptional athlete, but he will have to showcase his throwing ability for the offense to succeed. A key returning starter will be running back DeLeon Eskridge who is coming off a solid year last season and will need to do more of the same.
Though the offense will need to be solid, it's the defense that needs the most work. Last year the Golden Gophers gave up almost 33 points per game, a figure which is especially high in the super-competitive Big 10. Luckily for fans, they may be able to turn it around with Brandon Kirksey and Anthony Jacobs anchoring the line, and a solid linebacking corps.
2010 Minnesota Football Preview:
Minnesota is coming off an appearance in the Insight Bowl, although looking at the stats from 2009 it would may seem like it. The Golden Gophers ranked 100th or worse in three major offensive categories and averaged a paltry 99.5 yards per game rushing.
The anemic offensive production was due a lackluster performance by the offensive line. Thing may not change much this year as the same line is returning and that may not be what senior quarterback Adam Weber wants to hear.
Weber had a decent season in 2009 but had to do it alone, as he rarely had time to throw and the running game was almost non-existent. The offense may be better this year if the line can protect Weber and Duane Bennett can prove to be a viable option between the tackles.
Coach Tim Brewster's defense is less experienced than last year, but that does not mean they do not have the keys to be successful. Brandon Kirksey and Jewhan Edwards anchor a defensive line, and despite being young, the Golden Gophers are athletic.
2010 could be a successful season in Minneapolis as long as the offense takes the next step. Fortunately for Gopher fans, the team has a favorable schedule, as big match-ups against Penn State, Ohio State and Northwestern are all at home.
2009 Minnesota Football Preview:
Head Coach: Tim Brewster
2009 will be a key season for Minnesota Golden Gopher Head Coach Tim Brewster. It will be Brewster's third year on the job, so the Gopher fans will get to see if the talent he is bringing in can take them to the top of the Big 10. Brewster has shown himself to be a masterful recruiter, which contributed to a hot start to the 2008 football season. Aside from wins on the field, Brewster's recruits will also help to put butts in seats as Minnesota opens their new on-campus stadium in 2009. The opening game of the 2009 season will be played at luxurious TCF Bank Stadium, which replaces the Metrodome as the Golden Gophers home stadium. Minnesota fans everywhere are hoping there will be many wins at TCF both in 2009 and going forward.
2008 Minnesota Football Preview:
Head Coach: Tim Brewster
In spite of an atrocious season in 2007, the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team is one to watch closely for the next few years. With a new coach in Tim Brewster who has managed nothing but success in his previous jobs - as a recruiter for and assistant to Mack Brown at UNC and Texas (where he helped recruit Vince Young), and a tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, Brewster will look to beef up the team through recruiting and coach them back to contention in the Big Ten. The Metrodome will roar next season as the Golden Gophers re-establish themselves as a Big Ten power and national contender.