Monday, September 29, 2008

Fuller on Weber to Decker

Marcus Fuller does a fantastic job of covering the Gophers for the Pioneer Press. In his blog today, Fuller had a snippet that I wanted to share:
"It was bound to happen when an opponent was able to shutdown Weber's favorite target and the Big Ten's leading receiver Eric Decker, who finished with five catches for 52 yards. He had three catches for 34 yards at halftime. With Decker heavily covered, freshman tailback DeLeon Eskridge led the team with eight catches for 55 yards. I was still surprised that senior tight end Jack Simmons didn't have more of an impact though. Simmons, who was the victim of a bad fumble call on a 12-yard catch in the second quarter, finished with three catches for 36 yards."
I was going to write on this later tonight, but as I had mentioned on Friday, I was concerned about what was going to happen when somebody finally figured out how to slow down Weber to Decker. Well, we saw what happened on Saturday, and it should still be a big concern.

Seriously, 5 games into the season, and where has Jack Simmons been? It had to happen eventually, someone was going to supplant Duane Bennett as the second leading receiver on the team, and Simmons finally did it on Saturday. Bennett is now 3rd on the team receiving yards and he hasn't played in the last 3 full games.

For the season, Simmons has 10 catches for 134 yards and 1 touchdown.

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