Notebook: Stoudermire reinstated

Josh Katzenstein

Less than week after announcing Troy Stoudermire’s indefinite suspension, Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster reinstated the junior wide receiver Tuesday. “He will be back with our team, and thatâÄôs very positive with what heâÄôll be able to contribute to us on Saturday against Northwestern,” Brewster said during his Tuesday press conference. Stoudermire posted a status on his Facebook last Wednesday stating his intention to transfer to another program where he would “be appreciated and respected as a player.” The status came after he was suspended for what Brewster called âÄúconduct detrimental to the team.âÄù Stoudermire addressed the team before TuesdayâÄôs practice and posted on his Facebook that âÄúI deeply regret letting my emotions get the best of me. I handled this situation incorrectly and realize the consequences of my actions. We are all here for one overall goal and that is to win championships. I hope we can move on from this and I will do anything to help my team win. I am proud to be a Gopher and let’s go beat Northwestern!”âÄù Stoudermire is listed on the Week 5 depth chart as the kickoff returner and punt returner, and practiced in a white jersey that could signify he was working with the defense, according to team spokesman Andy Seeley. Stoudermire started his 2008 freshman campaign as a cornerback, and Brewster said his role for Saturday’s homecoming game “remains to be seen.” âÄúTroy has come back, and he understands his situation last week was self-inflicted,” Brewster said. “He’s been very remorseful about the situation and how he handled it. He’s expressed it properly to me and to our football team. “With that we allow him to come back and be a part of our football team and most importantly be a good teammate.” Quarterback Adam Weber thought Stoudermire had made his decision but said he will welcome the playmaker back to the team. âÄúIâÄôm a firm believer in second chances,âÄù Weber said. âÄúYou can learn a lot from a situation like this. I really hope that [Stoudermire] has. So far, I believe he has, but the proof will be how he practices and if he can come out there with a great attitude.âÄù Brewster said he wonâÄôt strip the right to use social media from players. Both Boise State and Miami (Fl.) have banned their players from using Twitter. âÄúI think what you do is just talk to kids about understanding the importance of making good decisions when youâÄôre utilizing electronic media,âÄù he said. âÄúIn TroyâÄôs case, heâÄôs very remorseful for how he used Facebook to get a message out.âÄù Still running Against Southern California, Minnesota averaged just 2.2 yards per carry. In last weekâÄôs loss to Northern Illinois, the Gophers improved but only to the tune of a 3.0 yard-per-carry average. Still, the Gophers plan to be a run-first offense as they head into the Big Ten season. âÄúThe running game truly can wear down a defense and break their will,âÄù Weber said. Although heâÄôs on board with the plan, Weber proved he could still sling it, giving co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton another option as he prepares SaturdayâÄôs game plan. Against Northern Illinois, he completed 31 of 46 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions, but one came when the game essentially over. Brewster, though, wants to stay the course and remains encouraged by the rushing attack. âÄúWhen you believe in what youâÄôre doing, when you believe the process âÄî which I do to the core of who I am âÄî youâÄôre not going to change drastically,âÄù said Brewster of the plan to keep running. âÄúThereâÄôs no reason to change drastically because I do think weâÄôre very close.âÄù No sacks, no problem Through four games, the Gophers have just two sacks, ranking last in the Big Ten. Since three of MinnesotaâÄôs opponents have lined up in shotgun formation primarily in the shotgun looking for quick passes, Brewster isnâÄôt concerned about the lack of sacks. âÄúSacks are not the end all for good defensive play,âÄù he said, adding that the defense needs to create problems with quarterbacksâÄô field of vision. Defensive end Brandon Kirksey said the sacks will come when everyone defender does his job and forces the quarterback to move around the pocket. âÄúSacks are always important,âÄù he said. A good break Weber admitted Tuesday what many watching SaturdayâÄôs game already assumed: âÄúI was throwing to âÄòQueis.âÄù WeberâÄôs 20-yard touchdown pass to DaâÄôJon McKnight sailed over the intended target, MarQueis Gray, but the Gophers still put six points on the board as McâÄôKnight grabbed it in the end zone. âÄúItâÄôs better to be lucky than to be good sometimes,âÄù Weber said. Related: – WR Troy Stoudermire reinstated (blog 9/28) – WR Troy Stoudermire ‘no longer a Gopher’ (9/23) – WR Stoudermire suspended indefinitely (blog 9/23)