Monday, November 10, 2008

If someone doesn't step up, things tend to sprial out of control

Last season, the University of Minnesota football team went 1-11.

This year, the Gophers won seven of their first eight games before dropping their last two games, including a Homecoming loss to Northwestern and a 29-6 home loss this past Saturday to Michigan.

But just as Antawn Jamison has come forward in Washington, UM quarterback Adam Weber (at left) is stepping up for the Gophers:

"When things go bad, things seem to get worse. And that's on any team I've been on, in any sport you play. If someone doesn't step up or man up and become a leader and make a play, things tend to spiral out of control. You can start getting some locker room politics. We've never had that before and we're not going to have it. That falls on our leaders in the locker room.

When things go bad, it's easy to start pointing fingers. It's easy to second-guess. What's hard is to own up and admit that we all played bad (Saturday) and own up that we're a team and we're not just individuals. I know we're not going to allow that to happen."