Brewster confident as season approaches

Between the new stadium and players returning, the Gophers head coach had no worries at Friday’s press conference.

Minnesota football head coach Tim Brewster touched on all aspects of his football team today as he gets ready for camp to begin Monday morning. First on his agenda, Brewster left no doubt who the starting quarterback will be for the 2009 season. âÄúWeâÄôve got no quarterback controversy; weâÄôve got no quarterback issue,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúOur quarterback is Adam Weber.âÄù While naming Weber the starter, Brewster also made clear his intentions for freshman quarterback MarQueis Gray. âÄúWeâÄôre going to go into each game with a plan of how weâÄôre going to incorporate MarQueis into our offense,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúMarQueis is without question one of our top playmakers. ThereâÄôs a lot of different ways in which weâÄôre going to expose MarQueis to the game.âÄù Brewster also addressed the running game, which lost highly touted recruit Hasan Lipscomb to academic ineligibility. While declaring Duane Bennett fully recovered after suffering a season ending knee injury last season, he stopped short of declaring any one running back the starter, calling it one of the position battles he hopes gets sorted out during camp. âÄúYouâÄôd like to have a guy establish himself and be the guy, IâÄôd like that to happen,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúWeâÄôve got four or five guys at running back that are going to be in competition, and we feel very confident that of the group of running backs that we got, weâÄôre going to have a successful running game.âÄù Brewster also mentioned tight end Nick Tow-Arnett, who could become a focal point of the offense as it adapts to a new system under new coordinator Jedd Fisch. âÄúNick Tow-ArnettâÄôs going to be one of the best tight ends in the Big Ten,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúThereâÄôs not a doubt in my mind about that.âÄù Heading into camp, the Gophers remain mostly injury-free. Offensive lineman Ryan Wynn, who is out indefinitely with a back injury, is the only player Brewster mentioned on his injury report. Regarding TCF Bank Stadium, Brewster discussed how current and former NFL players, including Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice were impressed with the new on-campus stadium, particularly the field turf. âÄúJerry Rice told me heâÄôd never run on a better field,âÄù Brewster said. With four weeks until the opening of TCF Bank Stadium Sept. 12, Brewster said the energy and excitement in the state of Minnesota is palpable. âÄúIt is very real, the emotion and the passion in this state, of bringing football back on campus,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúThereâÄôs no way you can downplay that passion and that emotion, and itâÄôs going to be very exciting on Sept. 12.âÄù