Brewster Discusses the O & D Lines

With just a few days remaining before the start of the season, Coach Tim Brewster addressed the media, fielding questions about the defensive and offensive lines.

When asked about whether or not the defensive line will put heavy pressure on a tough Middle Tennessee offense, Brewster said, "I think anybody who pressures from a defensive prospective, you want to press the offense and see how they hold up to pressure." He went on to add, "We'll obviously stress them early in the game with some pressure things and see how they respond, see how [Logan] Kilgore responds."

One way the Gophers will try to pressure the Blue Raiders is by using defensive end D.L. Wilhite. Brewster said of the 6-foot-3, 240-pound, sophomore, "He's been excellent. He's got great speed." He added, "I think that D.L. Wilhite's going to have an outstanding game and I think that he's going to have a really good year."

With Wilhite playing well and redshirt freshman Ra'Shede Hageman showing great promise, the Gophers should have a quick and agile pairing at the defensive end position.

Brewster also discussed his plans for the starting offensive line against Middle Tennessee State. Brewster said, "You know right now it looks like our starting group is [D.J.] Burris, [Chris] Bunders, [Matt] Carufel, [Ed] Olson and Jeff [Wills]."

With a lot of experience coming back to the offensive line, it may same strange that redshirt freshman Ed Olson will get the start over his older teammates.

Brewster addressed the topic of Olson starting by saying, "Eddie's done a great job, a great job. He's done excellent." Olson seems to have had a great camp and should be a solid player against Middle Tennessee State.

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