Tag:Troy Stoudermire
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:10 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:10 pm
 

Gopher KR/CB Stoudermire granted extra year

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's only January. But Year 2 of Jerry Kill's reclamation project at Minnesota has already gotten a big boost.

Gopher star kick returner and starting cornerback Troy Stoudermire was granted an extra year of eligibility by the Big Ten and will return for a second chance at his senior season, Minnesota announced in a statement Friday. A serious arm injury limited Stoudermire to only the first four games of the 2011 season.

Stoudermire's return will give him a serious shot at becoming the NCAA's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage. He already holds the Big Ten mark with 3,102 career yards, putting him a little more than 400 yards behind Houston's Tyron Carrier, who established the new record this past season with 3,517. Stoudermire should also re-establish himself as a key member of the Gopher secondary, having totaled 24 tackles, three pass break-ups, and two interceptions in those four 2011 performances alone.

“This is great news for Troy and for our program,” Kill said in the statement. “I’m really excited for Troy and glad to have him back with us next season.”

“I’m just excited and happy,” Stoudermire said. “I’ve been waiting on this thing for a long time. Now, I’m just looking forward to getting back there for my first workout and getting back with the team.”

A highly-regarded "athlete" prospect out of Dallas, Stoudermire struggled to become a regular down-to-down player under former coach Tim Brewster, eventually shifting from wide receiver to corner midway through the 2010 season. But even as a freshman, Stoudermire confirmed himself as a profilic return man, averaging 25.8 yards per attempt (27th nationally) and finishing in sixth in total kickoff return yardage.

It will take far more than just this one piece of good news to return the Gophers from the depths of back-to-back 3-9 seasons. And even Stoudermire will have to fight to earn the right to serve as the Gophers' primary kick returner; freshman receiver Marcus Jones averaged better than 28 yards on his 13 returns and found the end zone once as well--s00eomthing Stoudermire has, surprisingly, never accomplished. 

But for a special teams unit that could always use such a battle-tested return presence and a secondary that ranked 78th in the FBS in yards allowed per passing attempt, there's no doubt that Stoudermire's return is nonetheless a massive step in the right direction.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 5:45 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:00 pm
 

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Minnesota dropped their third game in a row on Saturday, losing 34-23 to presumptive MACrifice Northern Illinois. That's three consecutive losses to non-conference opponents, making Minnesota the first team in Big Ten history to drop three consecutive non-con games when those three games include one against a I-AA/FCS opponent.

Of course, there isn't a great sample size for that type of "feat"; the Big Ten hasn't been scheduling I-AA/FCS programs for very long, and losses to those types of programs have been conceivable for an even shorter amount of time. But still: this is a new level of futility.

It's gotten so bad for head coach Tim Brewster that fans were chanting "Fire Brewster" during the game, and he certainly didn't do much to dissuade any of them during the loss. He sent his team out twice on 4th and 1; Minnesota was stuffed both times. The Gophers also surrendered a blocked punt with a minute left in the first half -- this led to an NIU touchdown that would give the Huskies a lead they never relinquished -- and Minnesota was also whistled for nine penalties, four more than were the Huskies.

So this loss gets added to the two before it, Brewster's critical comments about the program's spending habits (in a brand new stadium, mind you), the recent disciplinary troubles, and the fans' rather severe loss of patience with the program. At this point, barring an immediate and aberrant turn in fortunes, Minnesota looks to be a 3-win team, tops. That would put Brewster at 17-33 (8-24) for his Minnesota career, numbers that would earn just about any BCS conference coach a swift firing no matter what the buyout.

In fact, the shame of losing to South Dakota and Northern Illinois in the span of three weeks might get some coaches fired immediately, but ironically, Brewster's temporary saving grace might be his own team's ineptitude. If Minnesota AD Joel Maturi looks at the program, he's going to see middling performance at every position -- meaning Maturi's unlikely to find a current assistant with a track record of success that suggests he'd be any better than Brewster to finish out the season.

But once this season is over, yes, Brewster is a dead lock to be fired; this is a historic level of haplessness, and Brewster's one assumed strength coming into this job (recruiting) has essentially failed to materialize in Minneapolis. The rest of the Big Ten just hopes Maturi doesn't notice that Mike Leach is available.

Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Minnesota suspends star WR Troy Stoudermire

Posted by Adam Jacobi

So Minnesota hires Mark Mangino as a consultant, and the very first news out of Minneapolis just hours later? Wideout/kick return specialist Troy Stoudermire is suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team." Are the two events related? There's no telling as yet, so that just means we're going to have to speculate. And speculate recklessly, at that.

So we wonder: what exactly did Stoudermire do to get suspended indefinitely?

  • Cracked a fusillade of fat jokes at Mangino
  • Pulled a Dion Sims, but with the entire team's helmets
  • Knowingly and willingly participated in the Gophers' 41-38 loss to South Dakota
  • Liquid Heat in the jockstraps
  • Printed Motivational Tourette's bingo cards for his teammates for use at team meetings
  • Begged Lane Kiffin after USC's 32-21 win at Minnesota to "take me home with you"
  • Refuses to open an account at TCF Bank, stadium name be damned

 
 
 
 
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