- Sep 3, 2011
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He was recruited and came here because he was told he could compete for a QB spot. When they moved him to WR he had a chance to embrace the move -- and the role on this team -- and realize that the coaches made him a starter because they felt he could be successful there. For whatever reason, it doesn't appear he bought in to the degree necessary.I think WR is one of those positions where there is a big difference between HS and college. (realizing that D. Jones was not a WR in HS....) In HS, a WR can put up big # based solely on athleticism - speed, leaping ability, etc. In College, a WR has to play as part of a system, and there is a much bigger emphasis on route-running. a college QB has to (theoretically) throw the ball to a spot - not just wait for the WR to run open. Also, in a system like MN's, the WR's have to block to support the running game.
As a result, when the Gopher coaches are recruiting WR's, they need to look for players who fit their system, and will be team players - not prima donnas who pout if their stats are not as impressive as their HS buddies who are playing in a different system. One hopes that the Gopher coaches are honest with the WR recruits about what is expected of them, and what they can expect while playing for the Gophers.
Do you think the coaching staff isn't recruiting WRs who fit their system? Changing the culture here, trying to change the talent on the entire roster to their system, takes time. They took a few chances to try to fill some glaring holes for their system and this one didn't appear to work out. But, I don't think the redshirts have any delusions this will be a chuck it all over the place offense. They're the right guys.