Give Bennett the Ball

"You got to love that knowing that the coach is going to put it in your hands to spark the offense and really get us going..."

Running back Duane Bennett discusses...

Reaching out to Jon Hoese…

"I haven't talked to him recently because I feel like the biggest thing for him is to get his time as home right now and really focus on him and his family before any outside sources come to him. Once he gets back I'm sure I'll regain contact with him and make sure he's doing well.

What he and his teammates can do to help ease the pain of Jon Hoese losing his father…

"At this point, my biggest thing is to let him grieve. Let him have his time to himself because the last thing you want is another 100 guys hounding you about you doing and making sure…keeping tabs on you. I think the biggest thing is to just let him grieve."

If the Hoese situation will be a distraction for the team entering Saturday's game…

"It's something we're going to think about. It's something we're going to have heavy on our hearts. I don't think it's something that we're going to carry as baggage. We know the situation that happened but at the same time we know we have to play the game."

New offensive coordinator Jeff Horton…

"With him he's very down to earth, really an attack oriented coordinator. He tells you what he's going to do and you line up and do it. We tell you what we're going to run and we just expect you to try and stop it."

"He's not shy about what we're going to do so when he said we was going to run the ball we knew coming into fall camp and going into the season opener that we were going to get 50 – 55 carries within the team. It's something that we've established so we're going to run it then rest of the season."

Having a run-first offensive style…

"You got to love that knowing that the coach is going to put it in your hands to spark the offense and really get us going. You come out in practice and you practice hard just to gain that confidence and know that that confidence gained in practice will go over to the game and become second nature once coach Brew makes the final call."

If the media doubting the Gophers ability to run the ball coming into this season affects him…

"Not really. You focus on yourself. When you start to buy into what other people say then you start to bring yourself down. I think the biggest thing for us is to focus on what we have to take care of."

"We put in the time in the weight room, on the field, off the field, meetings with the o-line, meetings with the quarterbacks. I just feel like we were able to put it together, we were able to showcase what we've been doing in the off season and it showed up in the season opener."

The difference in Adam Weber as a senior compared to previous years…

"I would say his leadership. He's grown, he's been a leader of the course of the last four years but now he seems a lot more relaxed a lot more laid back. Really outgoing guy. We know we can put the game in Weber's hands and he's going to lead us in the right direction.

If TCF Bank Stadium was a distraction for the team last year…

"I don't think that it was a distraction within the team but I think a couple times the stadium was brought up more than the team was. It was more of a distraction on the outside source."

"It was always about what's new at the stadium, what updates does the stadium have instead of what's the teams game plan or how they're going to attack this game."

"I think now it's a different mentality. We have bought into what our offensive and defensive coordinators are going to do and we are just focused at the task at hand."

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