Patrick Reusse: Gophers' Gray runs some distance toward quieting critics

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 17, 2011 - 11:46 PM

The U quarterback the crowds were willing to toss to the side a week ago broke a rushing record and notched his first win.

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eagle20Sep. 17, 11 9:00 PM

A positive side of Mr Reusse rarely seen. Maybe the 'funny' Gophers fans finally got to him.

lcsewallSep. 17, 11 9:52 PM

A must win for this program. We Gopher fans need to stay positive. Kill & crew are on the right track.

wln5t0nSep. 17, 1110:45 PM

His running ability goes about half-way toward quieting this critic. He still doesn't seem to be able to hit the broad side of a Minnesota barn with his passes. At least come close, for cryin' out loud.

floridascottSep. 17, 1110:50 PM

I am the only one that that thinks Gray could potentially have problems when we get to the Big Ten season. When he drops back he will look at his primary and that's it. He will throw to him or tuck and run. Also when he does pass its 50/50 if the throw is in the same county as the receiver. There is no denying his athletic ability, but Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, ect all have exceptional athletes on their defense. I just worry that Big Ten teams will be able to force Gray to throw the ball and that will not end well for the Gophers.

JRBSep. 17, 1110:57 PM

HUGE win, but I fear future opponents will gear up to stop the run and force Gray to put the ball up in the air. Hopefully his accuracy will start to improve so they can become a multi-dimensional team. Until then, the better defenses they will face will have no problem dealing with the Gopher's run attack.

jodaman01Sep. 17, 1111:46 PM

JRB - Do you think this team didn't prepare for Gray to run. If not, their coach must not believe in watching any game footage. Absolutely Gray is going need to be more accurate, but if everybody is coming up for the run the recievers will be open. Hopefully Gray can complete them, they don't need to be 30 yard throws. Get first downs, eat the clock and consistantly put points on the board. I would be happy with that at this point.

ryantonSep. 18, 11 1:55 AM

I agree with some of you that Gray is not a very good passer. You can see the frustration on McKnight with all those passes at his ankles or over his head. He's an Biletnikoff's candidate as one of the top WR in the country. At least, give him an opportunity to catch the ball. No doubt, Gray is a good runner but with the meat of the schedule playing against Big 10 teams, I don't know if he can take this kind of punishment for the rest of the season.

pengel1622Sep. 18, 11 5:06 AM

Gray is better as a wildcat guy and receiver. hE will NEVER be even a decent long passer. This team needs to look long range and put Shortell at qb. Teams like Wisconsin and Nebraska will kill--no pun-- the Gophers

lc1121Sep. 18, 11 7:20 AM

Funny how all the Gopher fans were bashing Adam Weber for two years so that Gray could show off his true talents. And then it only took one half vs. USC for the fans to throw Gray under the bus and want the freshman, Shortell. Gray is the best athlete on our team and maybe the only one that can make something out of nothing; he is the only one that gives us a chance to win in the Big Ten. Put him at wide out, a place he has not practiced all year, and we have just wasted another year for our best player and the only one who gives us a chance. Feel good that if he does get hurt, we have a solid backup to build a future around.

lc1121Sep. 18, 11 7:29 AM

I love our offense style; it is fun to watch. Even though our O-Line is still shaky, it is so nice to see a staff that takes the talents you have and with scheme, formation, and motion, puts our athletes in a position to be successful and use their talents. This has not been the case for the last four years. We will only win a few Big Ten games if our O-Line improves, but I am so excited for this offense in a year or two when we have consistency and a talent pool that fits the style.


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