Coach Brewster Addresses Media

Coach Tim Brewster addressed the media to discuss the hot weather, Donnell Kirkwood and two defensive backs who have been impressing during practice.

After yet another practice that included hot, humid weather, Coach Brewster told the media how the uncomfortable weather has actually been a blessing.

"We really appreciate the heat. Obviously it's going to be very warm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee the night of September the 2nd. We're really fortunate that we've had the heat that we've had here in the state of Minnesota." The Gophers will need every advantage they can get when they face a tough Middle Tennessee State to open the 2010 season.

One positive area that Brewster addressed was the progression of true-freshman running back, Donnell Kirkwood.

When asked about Kirkwood, Coach Brewster said, "Donnell's had a great camp, he's done a good job and we're very pleased with his progress as a football player. He's coming along nicely and he's put himself into position to really help our football team. He'll play in the first game against Middle Tennessee State."

When asked if he was surprised by Kirkwood's success Brewster replied, "I don't know that it's a surprise because he was a very good high school football player. He comes from an excellent program, Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Florida. He's played a lot of football and he's a hard-nosed, tough kid. He's grasped the offense very well."

Coach Brewster also addressed two players, sophomore Kyle Henderson and junior Johnny Johnson, who could step up and make a difference this season.

When asked about the two players and how they played in Saturday's scrimmage, Brewster said, "You earn the right to get on the field by how you play in practice, and those guys played well in practice. Johnny Johnson obviously had a good scrimmage the other day, he was very physical. Kyle Henderson is a guy that has built trust, he's built trust amongst the staff members that he can help us play and that's a good thing for our secondary."

The added depth in the secondary should give the Gophers plenty of options if senior Kim Royston is not healthy enough to play in the opener in Tennessee.

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