Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Decker Done for the Regular Season


Just read on the Pioneer Press site that Gophers star senior wide receiver Eric Decker is done for at least the regular season. Here's the PP's Gopher football beatwriter Marcus Fuller:

University of Minnesota standout wide receiver Eric Decker has a sprained left arch in his foot that might need surgery and will miss the rest of the regular season, Gophers coach Tim Brewster said today.

It's still possible Decker would be available if the Gophers make it to a bowl game. They are 4-4 (2-3 in the Big Ten) and need two more wins to be bowl eligible.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd there goes the offense. We were struggling mightly to move the ball WITH Decker in the lineup, so now what happens without him? If the Ohio State game is any indication, we're going to need MarQueis Gray to make anything happen. Maybe this makes the decision easier for Brewster to yank "starter" Adam Weber since his buddy Decker is out for the year?

We'll see, because without Decker the Gophers are now in real danger of NOT making a bowl game at all. Sure, they should still be able to beat South Dakota State, but the game against Illinois, who lost to Purdue and Michigan State by only 10, suddenly is no longer a gimme. Good gracious, this is not what this program needed right now.

I wish a speedy and full recovery to Decker, and hopefully the Gophers will make a bowl for him to play in.

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