Brewster Defends Weber

Gophers coach Tim Brewster has heard the criticism of his starting quarterback, Adam Weber, but Brewster defended the signal-caller by pointing to other first-year quarterbacks, let alone freshmen.

Gophers coach Tim Brewster is aware of the outside criticism of redshirt freshman Adam Weber, but he fired a rebuttal in defense of his quarterback.

"Do a study of all first-year quarterbacks and report back to me and tell me what you get," Brewster said. "Look at the first-year numbers of all the great quarterbacks and tell me what you get. Now, we're those guys yanked? You have to show great confidence in young quarterbacks. I think that's a huge part of their development as players. Adam knows he's our guy."

Weber has endured a rough two weeks after showing signs of continued progress in his first season as the starter. In losses to North Dakota State and Michigan, he completed only 24 of 52 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown with one interception and one fumble.

Michigan's pressure appeared to bother Weber in Minnesota's 34-10 loss. Weber was sacked three times, took several more huge hits and never looked comfortable.

"It's all part of his development," Brewster said. "[Having] the patience and the calmness in the pocket, knowing that, ‘Hey, I'm going to get tattooed right between the eyes, but I'm going to stand in here and make a throw.' One thing about Adam is, he's one tough sucker."

The obvious storyline this week will be Brewster's first game against his alma mater, Illinois. Brewster was a two-time All-Big Ten tight end and played in the Rose Bowl at Illinois.

Here's one storyline the Gophers might want to pay attention to: Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth nationally in rushing (240.6 yards per game). The Gophers, conversely, have allowed 701 yards rushing the past two games combined.

NOTES

  • SS Dom Barber recorded the second defensive touchdown of his career with a 46-yard fumble return in the second quarter against Michigan. He added six tackles.

  • LB Deon Hightower continues to flourish after being moved to the middle. He had two more tackles for loss against Michigan and now leads the team with eight on the season.


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