Well, I don’t think anybody will be surprised at the move, but Gophers coach Tim Brewster made it official via Gophersports.com late Wednesday afternoon: Adam Weber, the fifth-year senior who has started every game since his freshman year, will enter fall practice as the official No. 1 quarterback. According to Brewster Weber, who has started 38 consecutive games and was named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches in 2008, beat off challenges by sophomore MarQueis Gray and freshman Moses Alipate during the month-long spring practice.
“We thoroughly evaluated every aspect of quarter back play throughout the spring and Adam has earned the right to be the starter during the 2010 season,” Brewster was quoted on the web site. Brewster said Gray will be the backup and Alipate the No. 3 quarterback.
“We are fortunate to have three very talented young men who can all lead our team,” Brewster continued. “In the final analysis, Adam’s command of the offense, his leadership, decision-making and his overall play won out and right now we believe he provides our program with its best opportunity for success.”
Weber is Minnesota’s all-time leader in both career pass completions and yards. He needs 1,762 more passing yards to become the fifth player in Big Ten history to throw for more than 10,000 yards in a career.
As I said, all signs pointed towards this decision. What will be interesting is what that means for Gray long-term. Brewster said during the spring that Gray might play some wide receiver in the coming season, but that he will continue to work out with the QBs.
That’s about it. Have a good night.