#17 Golden Gophers Aren't Getting The Attention They Deserve
A few weeks back I was reading an article on ESPN.com about the biggest turn around from one season to another. And no where did it mention the Golden Gophers who are perhaps the best story of the Big Ten and even all of college football.
The gophers last year were 1-11 and were found in college footballs worst 10 every week. However this year they are 7-1 and are 17th in the BCS rankings.
Even though the Gophers are ranked higher than 8 teams in the top 25, they are constantly over looked. All the major networks focus on teams in bigger markets. There are few highlights of the games on TV every Saturday.
With one of the better teams in the nation don't you think they deserve more time? Every other team gets it so why not us?
Adam Weber is arguably one of the best Quarterbacks in the Big Ten, if not the best. Yet he doesn't get the attention that lets say a Juice Williams from Illinois, who's team is only 4-4 and not anywhere near what they expected.
Adam Weber has put up the numbers to get his team where they are today. Along side him is Eric Decker, who has to be the best Wide Receiver in the Big Ten with 66 Receptions for 833 yards and 5 TD's.
His name should be mentioned for The Biletnikoff Award yet no one seems to be considering him Because of where he plays. There are very few receivers with more yards, five to be exact. But Decker does more for his team. Michael Crabtree is also below Decker but he seems to be on every highlight.
The most obvious reason for the Gophers turnaround is the Defense. Coached by Ted Roof and led by Willie Vandesteeg, Marcus Sherels, and Steve Davis. The defense has allowed only 17 points a game while taking away the ball and creating scoring opportunities for the offense.
The defense was ranked among the last the previous season but this year it has been turned around. With more Focus on turnovers, designating a day of practice called take-away Tuesday, which in turn has led to results in the games.
The Gophers are plus 24 in the turnover category putting more pressure on the opposing team to not make mistakes, because if they do this defense will make them pay. The defense is really good but like Weber and Decker they are not getting the credit they deserve.
The biggest Reason however, for this turn around has to be Head Coach Tim Brewster. He brought a lot to this team and he knows how to win. In only his second year he has improved a team that won one game last year, albeit under him, to a team 8-1 with serious chances to make it to a Bowl Game, maybe even the Rose Bowl. His Recruiting is what makes him special he brought in a top recruiting class last season, and seems to be on his way this season.
Brewster also brought excitement back to Minnesota Football and is the main reason for success. He should be Coach of the year and still is over looked.
The Gophers deserve to get more attention and their play is proving it. This weekend The Gophers face off against Northwestern at The Metrodome. If the Gophers get to 9-1 and beat Northwestern they deserve to get more National Spotlight.
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