New coaches, new schemes to be displayed to public for first time at Dome

Gophers to play in spring intersquad game Saturday at the Metrodome.

Mark Heise

A new era in Minnesota football can’t truly begin until Gophers fans get a chance to see their team in action.

For fans of new coach Tim Brewster, that time has arrived.

The Gophers are set to play a spring intersquad game at the Metrodome on Saturday at noon, kicking off an entirely new period in Minnesota football.

The spring game will give the Gophers a chance to look at their up-in-the-air quarterback situation, as well as give the players a chance to adjust to their new offensive and defensive coaches.

Players have a chance to show the new coach what they have to offer the team as well, as Brewster said earlier this spring that he doesn’t have depth charts yet.

The spring game will also give fans a first look at Brewsters’ staff, including defensive coordinator Everett Withers and offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar.

Withers will get his first taste of coordinating Saturday after spending the past five years as a defensive backs coach for the Tennessee Titans.

Dunbar joined the Gophers after serving as California’s offensive coordinator last season when the Golden Bears averaged 32.8 points per game – ranking Cal 11th in the country.

And Dunbar’s offense should be especially interesting. Brewster said he is looking for a more balanced attack offensively this season.

“The misnomer is that it’s a pass-influenced offense,” Brewster said earlier this spring. “It’s not, but it is more balanced. We want to spread the field and have the throwing game. It’s hard to run the football against eight or nine man fronts.”

It’s a new start for the Gophers, one that many people seem excited to be a part of.

“There’s a tremendous amount of excitement,” Brewster said. “Each and every person believes we can get it done. Janitors and secretaries. We’re trying to create something here environment-wise.”