Gophers career passing leader Adam Weber is rejoining the team as a graduate assistant coach. Gophers coach Jerry Kill hired Weber to replace outgoing graduate assistant Ryan Maiuri, who worked closely with quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski, helping develop Mitch Leidner and Co.

“I really am excited to join such a great staff under Coach [Jerry] Kill,” Weber said. “I’m just looking to be a sponge. It just seems like a great fit.”

Weber started for the Gophers from 2007 to 2010, setting school records for passing attempts (1,594), completions (909), passing yards (10,917) and touchdown passes (72).

Weber, 27, had stints with the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he got cut last year after signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

“I traveled for three months overseas, and that was a great way for me to digest it all, to kind of close that chapter and then really prepare myself for that next step,” Weber said. “This seemed like the perfect opportunity to open up that door and get into coaching.”

Weber, a Mounds View High School grad, will be working toward a master’s degree while coaching.

Joe Christensen