Adam Weber re-writing Minnesota QB Record Book

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By Paul M. Banks

There were representatives from about a half-dozen NFL teams at the Northwestern-Minnesota game a couple weeks ago. Yes, many were there to see Corey Wootton, Sherrick McMannis and especially Eric Decker, but a few had their eye on Minnesota Junior QB Adam Weber. He has still a season and a half left to go, but Weber has already grilled up many of the passing records in the Golden Gopher QB record book.

He’s already passed up Cory Sauter for career pass completions, and is on a very comfortable pace to pass up Asad Abdul-Khaliq, and then Bryan Cupito for TD passes this season. He’s less than 800 yards away from surpassing Cupito for all-time passing yardage leader. Ok, so maybe the names on the Gopher QB passing list are extremely unimpressive. (Tim Schade or Billy Cockerham anyone?) but that’s not the story, Weber is

Weber’s collegiate career is inextricably linked to that of Eric Decker– as he’s obviously benefited from having arguably the best receiver in college football on his team.

“It’s a comfort blanket as a quarterback…if they give a cushion to Eric, then I’m going to pick it up and throw it out there, and he’ll go pick up 8, 10 yards. And to have a receiver that you know will go and get it no matter what is crucial. Anytime we can find a way to get Eric the ball we’ll do it, but obviously we try to be smart with it, you can’t just force the ball out there,” the Shoreview, Minnesota native said about his tag team partner.

This year he’s had another added boost, coming in the form of a new offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch from the Denver Broncos.

“He mixes it up a lot, moving guys around, using our tight ends a little bit more for blocking and protection. This year we wanted to put more tight ends in, and maybe establish the run, and play action off the run with me under center. Coach Fisch brings a professional mindset to the college game…He’s been under some great coaches, and each one has their own rhythm to their play-calling and he likes to go out there and attack,” Weber said.

Weber’s head coach, Tim Brewster discussed what makes Weber stand out. “Adam’s a great leader. He exemplifies the things that quality character leaders do. He stays calm and he sees the game at a speed in which he can come to the boundary and really talk about what he sees on the field, and that’s a very positive thing,” the  Gophers leader (and Tight End on the 1983 Illini Rose Bowl) team said.

Big Ten QB Power Rankings

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By Paul M. Banks

The Big Ten has a historical reputation for being a “black and blue” type conference like the old NFC Central in the NFL. Woody Hayes and his “3 yards and a cloud of dust” comes to mind. But today, it’s all about the spread-option, and having a quarterback who can run the ball almost as well, or better than he can throw it. The Big Ten’s best are the guys who can beat with you with their legs in addition to beating you with their arm.

1. Ohio State- Terrelle Pryor.
He’s the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, and will only get better. The only question remaining is, why wasn’t he one of the three players selected by THEEEEEE Ohio State University to attend Media Day in Chicago? Instead OSU brought one mediocre player, one guy that might not start, and another who’s scout team level in talent.

2. Illinois- Juice Williams and Penn State- Darryl Clark
It really is a toss-up between these two mobile QBs. Both have led their team to the Rose Bowl, both got smoked in that Rose Bowl, and both have developed towards the back-end of their collegiate career. Juice is a better runner and will put up bigger numbers this fall, but Clark is a better decision maker and commits less mistakes.

4. Minnesota- Adam Weber
Like the first three, he’s mobile and he’s got a gun. But does WR supreme Eric Decker make him look better than he really is? Guess we will find out next year when Decks is gone.

5. Northwestern Mike Kafkajuice-williams-arrelious-benn-440
He’s known as “the guy who broke that QB rushing record” to most, as he really hasn’t done much else outside of… the record shattering 217 yards he scrambled for in a season-defining win at Minnesota last fall. But he has potential, and now with C.J. Bacher’s departure, he has a chance to be the man and carry this team.

6. Iowa- Ricky Stanzi
Has high potential to rise above this spot; playing with the luxury of his stellar defense and the great blocking in front of him will help him get there.

7. Michigan State- Kirk Cousins/Keith Nichol
Cousins looked ok when he got some playing time in the Citrus Bowl last year (if the credit card company that bought the rights to that game wants publicity, they can give me a cut, until then it’s the Citrus Bowl to me!). Nichol is yet another qb transfer who bails on his program when he finds himself lower on the depth chart. But when you realize that he had to contend with Sam Bradford at Oklahoma, can you blame him? They’ll name their starter in a couple days.

8. Indiana- Ben Chappell
He’s got a good arm, but he’s no Antwaan Randle El. He’s not even in the same class as Kellen Lewis.

9. Purdue- Joey Elliot
He’s the like the Chester Frazier of Big Ten football- already focused on coaching once his college career ends. Last year, the Joe Tiller era ended. This year ends the era of Purdue QBs putting up good passing numbers and having draft potential.

10. Michigan ???
Familiar with the term “hot mess”? I don’t really know where to begin, expect by asking them to start over with whoever is the highest rated youngster at the position in their program.

11. Wisconsin ???
The Badgers deserve this spot simply because of what happened today with Bret Bielema’s “depth chart” release, an extreme let-down that said nothing. Junior Scott Tolzien and redshirt freshman Curt Phillips were listed as co-starters ahead of senior Dustin Sherer, who started the final seven games in 2008. They won’t bother telling us who’s winning the position battle. But we can figure out that Sherer is JUST AWFUL.