Adam Weber is digging quite the Gopher hole. If it gets much deeper, a bowl game could be out of reach.
In a 38-7 loss to top-25 Ohio State on Saturday, it’s impossible to pin the blame on any one individual. But for Weber – the Gophers starting QB since his freshman year – it might the final stage in an act begging for an intermission.
Weber, a junior, threw two interceptions in the loss to the Buckeyes, putting his season totals at 6 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions, with top-notch receiver Eric Decker hauling in the bulk of those scores.
Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Marqueis Gray quietly put together a nice showing in place of Weber. Gray, who has primarily been a change-of-pace option in place of Weber, went 5-for-6 passing for 51 yards and his first college TD pass. He also ran for 81 yards on 11 carries.
Gray was one of the more highly regarded recruits persuaded by current head coach Tim Brewster. And there’s no doubt the offense moved the ball better against the Buckeyes when he was in the game.
Is Gray the answer? I don’t know. But the Gophers offense has struggled, especially when Decker is out and Weber is in.
Minnesota is currently one of worst rushing teams in all of the Football Bowl Subdivision. If Gray’s presence could give this team more of a run game, maybe this offense could start to hit its stride.
It is time for a change. The Gophers’ bowl hopes, and the future of Brewster, are riding on it.