WR Stoudermire rejoins team

Josh Katzenstein

Junior Troy Stoudermire rejoined the Minnesota football team this week after being reinstated for a âÄúself-inflictedâÄù suspension that coach Tim Brewster said was âÄúconduct detrimental to the team.âÄù Before practice Tuesday, he addressed the team in part to explain why he posted a status that said he was âÄúno longer a gopher.âÄù âÄúI came back, talked to the team or whatever, put the little situation that we had behind me earlier last week and IâÄôm ready to just start off fresh,âÄù Stoudermire said. âÄúI apologized to the team. They accepted me back, and IâÄôm just ready to take it from there.âÄù Another difference in StoudermireâÄôs pregame routine this week was putting on a white jersey, so he could practice with the defense. After seeing what the wide receiver can do at cornerback, Brewster said he will utilize Stoudermire on the other side of the ball. âÄúHeâÄôs a very good athlete, and he can play man coverage and he can play it well,âÄù Brewster said, âÄúso that gives him a chance to really uncomplicated things for him on the defensive side of the ball.âÄù Brewster said the move is not in response to the play of the defensive backs but rather to provide more depth. The Gophers have enough depth at receiver, Brewster said. âÄúI think I can help the defense a lot,âÄù Stoudermire said. âÄúI came here to play DB anyway. IâÄôm a very athletic kid, so IâÄôm pretty sure that it wonâÄôt be hard to play DB.âÄù Stoudermire started the 2008 season as a cornerback before switching to offense. In 2009, he had 26 receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Through three games (he missed the fourth with the suspension) he had six receptions for 114 yards and a score. Stoudermire did not seem thrilled about the switch, and said his reaction was âÄúregular.âÄù âÄúI didnâÄôt really have a happy or sad side,âÄù he said. âÄú[Brewster] said he wanted me to help out on defense, so it was like OK.âÄù Stoudermire is listed as both the kickoff returner and punt returner for SaturdayâÄôs game.